- "Zdravstvuyte. My name is Pavel Lazarev. I was sent to contain this mess, and you are going to help me. Comrade, state your name..."
- — Lazarev, to Kazimir Zykov
Colonel Pavel Lazarev is a character featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies. He appears in the Die Maschine intro, as well as being seen in intel for Zombies Onslaught, mentioned in intel for Outbreak, as well as being heard in intel for Mauer der Toten. He is a Colonel of the NKVD well noted for leading a cleaning crew into the Projekt Endstation facility in Morasko.
Not much is known about Lazarev's past, only that he was a colonel of the Soviet NKVD.
On February 3rd, 1945, the 8th Guards Army of the Red Army arrived in Morasko and entered the German Projekt Endstation facility, and were attacked by a group of zombies inside. A week later, a cleaning crew led by Lazarev arrived at the facility. 14 soldiers were killed during the cleaning process. After the zombies were eliminated, Lazarev tasked Sergeant Kazimir Zykov of the 1st Guards Tank Army to stop the cyclotron. Lazarev would award Zykov the "Hero of the Soviet Union" medal before sending him to the Cyclotron and sealing him in.
Afterwards, on February 21st, the Red Army would capture Endstation scientist Lukas Kurtz, as well as Angelika Hannabelle Vogel - the daughter of Endstation lead Ulrich Vogel. While Angelika was held by the Red Army, Lazarev personally oversaw the interrogation of Kurtz. Lazarev demanded that Kurtz give up the names and locations of the remaining Endstation scientists, all the while threatening Angelika's life. Kurtz reluctantly agreed, but only on the condition that he and Angelika be spared - allowing Kurtz to raise the girl. Lazarev accepted, telling Kurtz that he could continue his work for the Soviets and that Angelika would be raised in the Soviet Union, and given a "proper Bolshevik education".