In many ways the film recalls that old slogan Так Жить Нельзя (We can't go on living like this) from the perestroika period. The fact that the film has been called a сказка (fairy tale) doesn't seem to lessen the directly political and social reading that has been given the film. Indeed one of the few remaining opposition-minded parliamentarians Ilya Ponomaryev has himself spoken of the film in this vein. Others such as the Afisha correspondent seem certain that the film is doomed to become a national hit because of its rather scandalous nature. Scandalous, even though one giving hope in the form, as Maria Kuvshinova puts it, of knife-carrying youth. The obvious and ever-present comparison is with Govorukhin's 1999 revenge fantasy Ворошиловский стрелок (The Rifleman of the Voroshilov Regiment). Of course, Govorukhin has mainly turned his back on film and since become representative of that very hated system against which the new avengers seem to be intent on resisting. Yet apart from Govorukhin's film one can think of a whole set of films which one could relate this film to in some way or another. If the Afisha correspondent talks of Balabanov's Брат-2 (Brother-2), others such as the New Times journalist, Olga Galitskaya, refer to its similarities with the popular Soviet movie from 1966 Неуловимые мстители (The Elusive Avengers) by Edmond Keosayan.
There is, of course, also the verbal allusion with Ryazanov's most successful fighter for social justice, Yuri Detochkin, in his film Берегись Автомобиля (Beware of the Car) in which a car thief steals others cars which he knows have been acquired through corruption or Блат: