The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered This article was previously featured


"Earn Makarov's trust."
— Description


"No Russian" is the fourth mission of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered. Taking place in Zakhaev International Airport, the controversial mission saw the player take part in a massacre of civilians in a false flag operation.

The events of "No Russian" played a major role in starting World War III. It also appeared in a flashback during Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 when the player-character named Yuri tried to stop Makarov.

This mission can be skipped due to its disturbing content.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Plot[edit | edit source]

The player as Joseph Allen under the alias, "Alexei Borodin" started in an elevator with Vladimir Makarov and the other three gunmen in Zakhaev International Airport.

When the elevator opened, they slowly walked out into an airport security checkpoint where all of the gunmen opened fire on the civilians. Airport security attempted to stop the gunmen, but their pistols were no match for their M240s and body armor. As they continued wreaking havoc on the airport, FSB teams were deployed on the tarmac to confront them, but were no match for their flashbangs and heavy weapons. In the ensuing fiasco, both Kiril and Lev were killed.

Makarov, Allen and Viktor then made their way to their getaway vehicle, where Anatoly was waiting for them, unsurprised with Kiril and Lev's deaths. Makarov proceeded to help Allen on board the vehicle, before fatally shooting him at point-blank range with a M9 pistol, having been aware that he was an undercover agent sent by Shepherd. They leave Allen's body behind and speed off as more FSB agents swarm in and discover Allen's body.

Despite knowing that Makarov had conducted the attack, Allen's presence, the gunmens' use of American-made equipment and military jargon led the Russian government to believe that the United States had sponsored Makarov's attack. This led to a public outcry and the start of World War III.

Weapon Loadout[edit | edit source]

Starting Loadout
Found in mission

These weapons can be found with and without attachments.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Main article: No Russian/Transcript

Controversy[edit | edit source]

This level has been cited as one of the most controversial levels in video game history, due to its depiction of acts of terrorism and mass murder carried out by the player. Although many earlier games such as Grand Theft Auto allowed the shooting and killing of civilians without penalty, Modern Warfare 2 is the first game to put the player in control of a gunman during a civilian-dense terrorist attack.

However, there is an option to skip the mission entirely, found at the beginning of the game and the beginning of the mission itself (Labelled as Disturbing Content). Also, if a player wishes to play the mission, but would like to skip it at any point, there is an option at the pause screen that allows the mission to be skipped at any time that the player likes. There are no penalizations in terms of achievements/trophies or game completion. It should also be noted that there is no on-screen prompt or incentive given to the player to shoot/kill the civilians as the mission's only objective simply says, "Follow Makarov's lead". Additionally, the player can go through the mission without shooting any civilians or police officers.

Regional Differences[edit | edit source]

In the Russian version of the game by 1C Company, this mission is not available for play. In Japan and Germany, if the player kills a civilian, the game will restart from the last checkpoint with a message saying, "You killed a civilian!". In the Japanese version, Makarov's line, "Remember, no Russian" is mistranslated as "Kill them, they are Russians." (殺せ、ロシア人だ Korose, Roshia-jin da?) This was criticized as the plot of the game was centered around the terrorist's motivations and as a result, the mistake caused some confusion.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3[edit | edit source]

Makarov wounding Yuri.

During the flashback to "No Russian" in "Blood Brothers", Yuri, Makarov's right-hand man attempts to stop Makarov from killing the civilians, but Makarov finds out about Yuri's betrayal. Lev and Kiril held Yuri down as Makarov comes out of the shadows, shoots him in the abdomen and leaves him for dead in the car park. A severely wounded Yuri crawls into the elevator. Makarov is heard saying his infamous line, "Remember, no Russian." Yuri exits the elevator and picked a dead guard's P99 up in attempting to stop Makarov and the others, but falls over and loses consciousness due to severe blood loss. A medic finds Yuri and begins to save him as the flashback ends.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Main article: No Russian/Trivia
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.