What is special in this proposal?
Car-walking tour through the criminal Odessa – it’s not an excursion, it’s an exciting adventure! Together we will return to the time when Odessa-Mother was born!
You’ll find out why our city was attractive to swindlers and thieves; when and how in Odessa was invented contraband; who created and implemented the «Code of hijackers». You will hear about incredible crimes and ingenious scams!
We will visit the famous courtyards of Moldavanka, the house where was born and grew the king of the Odessa underworld Mishka Yaponchik (Moisei Wolfovich Vinnitsky). We will live bright moments of the tragic life of this criminal talent, we will laugh and we will sink together with him.
You will learn how the name of Mishka is related to the fate of Gregory Kotovsky. We’ll figure out who he really was: a «Bessarabian robber» or a «red commander». Let us tell you a secret why Kotovsky never slept in the presence of Red Army soldiers, who killed him and for what. We will understand where in his biography are historical facts, and where is the artistic fiction.
We will see the secret Thievish Academy, which Sonia the Golden Hand founded and contained by herself. The guide will tell you about the ingenious inventions of this legendary woman and shows the last way of the convicts to the tower, where Sura Solomonak (also Sonia) completed her career. You will see with your own eyes what she saw in the last moments of her free life.
Of course, we will see the Odessa prison castle. Its unique design has only two analogs in the world! During the excursion Criminal Odessa, a chill on your back will run, when you will discover the secrets of the cemetery crypts and their connection with the catacombs. And the smiles will warm the stories about the resourcefulness and skills of underground entrepreneurs!
You will also visit the yards and streets, where the shooting of the series «Liquidation» and «Mishka Yaponchik» took place.
Not only legends, myths and facts will leave in your memory vivid impressions about the criminal Odessa of the past, but also the charm of the inhabitants of the modern city, who also like to «talk for life» with the occasional guests of their home.