RUS­SIAN ROULETTE

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Af­ter a long and tor­tured courtship, Tommy Shelby and Grace Burgess are fi­nally get­ting mar­ried but given Tommy’s en­trenched gang­land con­nec­tions the lav­ish wed­ding is bound to bring trou­ble.

How­ever, Arthur’s awk­ward speech and Lizzie’s an­gry out­burst are the least of the bride­groom’s prob­lems when Rus­sian Princess Ta­tiana Petro­vna ar­rives at the re­cep­tion with a spe­cial wed­ding gift. A large sum of money will be trans­ferred to Tommy if he sup­plies arms to some ex­iled roy­al­ist White Rus­sians. Grace is against the deal as is Fa­ther Hughes who im­presses upon Tommy his fears of a com­mu­nist rev­o­lu­tion in Eng­land.

Nev­er­the­less, Tommy can’t re­ject the lu­cra­tive of­fer and meets with Grand Duke Leon Petro­vna to iron out the de­tails. Tommy is fur­nished with a sap­phire for his new bride as a down pay­ment but tragedy soon even­tu­ates when Grace is shot dead while wear­ing the gem at a party the Shelby fam­ily is host­ing.

A be­reaved Tommy seeks guid­ance from a Welsh gypsy who warns that the sap­phire is cursed. The Rus­sians are noth­ing but trou­ble and should be avoided. Tommy is shaken es­pe­cially when a traitor sets out to sab­o­tage the arms deal.

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