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"It doesn't take the most powerful nations on Earth to create the next global conflict. Just the will of a single man."
— Vladimir Makarov

Vladimir Makarov (Russian: Владимир Макаров) (also referenced as Vladimir R. Makarov in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Vladimir A. Makarov in Modern Warfare 3) is the main antagonist of the Modern Warfare franchise and was the leader of an Ultranationalist terrorist cell and Imran Zakhaev's protégé.[3] Makarov is a minor character in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, is the secondary antagonist of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and is the main antagonist of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. As well, he appears as a customization option in Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Makarov, a ruthless yet cunning strategist, often outmaneuvered his enemies and made them play by his rules. Taking the zero-sum game to heart, he did whatever was necessary to gain the upper-hand, without any regard to the loss of human life in the process. Makarov truly believed that the end justified the means, and until his death at the hands of John Price, Makarov's tactics would dictate the course of history.


Makarov profile

Profile of Makarov.

Early Military/Terrorist Career

"This man Makarov is fighting his own war and he has no rules. No boundaries. He doesn't flinch at torture, human trafficking, or genocide. He's not loyal to a flag or country or any set of ideals. He trades blood for money."
— General Shepherd discusses Makarov's track record.

[4] According to intelligence gathered by General Shepherd, Vladimir Makarov graduated from the Frunze Military Academy as a captain in the Russian Army, first serving as a paratrooper. Later on in his career, he made it into the Spetsnaz and served two tours in Chechnya. It is believed that a company under his command were involved with some of the most brutal "cleansing" raids.

At some point, the U.N. held an inquiry investigating these charges of human rights violations. Makarov's name appeared at the top of the list presented by an EU Investigation panel, but the inquiry was dropped when Makarov opted for discharge from the armed forces. This incident would mark the beginnings of his pathological hatred towards the West and the Russian government for giving him no other option but leave the armed forces. Afterwards, Makarov brought his past military training to bear in many criminal and terrorist enterprises such as human trafficking, money laundering, the bombing of military/civilian targets, assassination, etc. At some point, the leader of the burgeoning Ultranationalist Party, Imran Zakhaev, took notice and allowed Makarov a position within his anti-western movement. It is said that Makarov was "kept in check" by Zakhaev during this partnership.

Zakhaev's assassination attempt


Makarov in 1996.

"This deal will generate millions for our cause. Money can buy many things. Even power. The road to our future begins here, my friend."
— Vladimir explaining to Yuri their purpose of being at Chernobyl.

In 1996, Makarov, along with his fellow soldier Yuri, were present in Pripyat when Zakhaev was trading fuel rods for gold to fund the Ultranationalists and witnessed Zakhaev being shot and having his left arm mutilated by Lieutenant Price during the deal. Makarov drove Zakhaev away from the area, saving his life and earning him Zakhaev's trust.

Crisis in the Middle East

"Thousand of souls... extinguished... by the push of a button..."
— Yuri recounts Makarov detonating the nuclear device.
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Makarov watching the Nuke go off.

Makarov was present during the U.S. Marine Corps invasion of the Middle East in an attempt to remove Khaled Al-Asad from power in 2011. He gives the order to detonate the nuclear device after receiving a phone call from Al-Asad (who was actually hiding out in his safehouse in Azerbaijan) watching the detonation from Al-Asad's safehouse, with Yuri being the only one to witness to this. This made Yuri even more fanatic about the Ultranationalist cause, but later it served as a catalyst for his hatred towards Makarov. The blast resulted in the deaths of over 30,000 Marines; among the dead were Sgt. Paul Jackson, Lt. Vasquez, Cpt. Pelayo and Lt. Volker. This is also the start of Makarov's madness as his hatred escalated even further. This event would also be a reason for Lieutenant General Shepherd's (who served as the invasion force's supreme commander) motives in 2016.[5]

Rise to power

Zakhaev was killed by John "Soap" MacTavish, thanks to the combined U.S. Marines, Loyalist and SAS forces at the climax of the Second Russian Civil War; which caused the Ultranationalist party to splinter.[6] Makarov's resources and contacts within the criminal world allowed him to assume control of a large portion of the dissolved Ultranationalist party, known officially as the "Inner Circle".[7]

After the Ultranationalists become victors in the Second Russian Civil War through the Russian presidential election on August 10th, 2016, Makarov plays some part in the new Ultranationalist-run Russia under the mainstream party's newly elected leader and President Boris Vorshevsky. However, Vorshevsky and other moderate Ultranationalist leaders knew Makarov's extreme tactics would deter any hope of trying to distance the party away from its violent past and winning the support of the Russian people and for Makarov causing strained relations with the United States and the Russian Loyalists. Another reason behind his removal was his vision to see Russia return to autocratic rule, the time of the Tsars. His vision may incurred the wrath of a large number of members in the party including Vorshevsky because this vision endangered their position as the new ruler of Russia. To ensure Ultranationalist position as Russia's legitimate representative to the world, Vorshevsky, backed by a strong majority of members in the party, removed Makarov and his men with immediate effect and tried to improve relations with the United States and Russian Loyalists. Furious with Vorshevsky's decision, Makarov vowed to kill Vorshevsky and his inner circles, calling all of them traitors to their cause. A news clipping in his safehouse confirmed this new-found hatred, explaining continuous attacks conducted by Inner Circle towards Russia and Western interests for the next five years.[8]

In 2015, he became the CIA's most wanted terrorist (This can be seen in the cutscene for "Return to Sender").

Blaming the team for Zakhaev's death

Many newspaper articles state that Makarov held up photos of Bravo Team (Gaz, Griggs, Price and MacTavish) and declared them to be responsible for the death of Imran Zakhaev. Most likely, Zakhaev's death is the reason that he holds a grudge against Price. Other news articles showed him responsible for several attacks in London and Moscow, threatening Ultranationalists removal from the government, fulfilling his vow to eliminate every traitors to their cause.[9]

Staging the Plan

PFC Allen: "So Makarov is the prize."
Shepherd: "Makarov's no prize. He's a whore. A mad-dog killer for the highest-bidder."
Private Allen and Shepherd.

In 2016, General Shepherd and his Task Force 141 are seemingly responsible for capturing Makarov and bringing him to justice. Shepherd selects American soldier Joseph Allen from the 75th Ranger Regiment and grooms him to become a CIA agent.[10]

"Alexei Borodin"

Shepherd then inserts Allen within Makarov's terrorist cell, seemingly for the purpose of some deep cover operation. However, unknown to the young soldier, Makarov knows who he is and sees him as a pawn to further escalate tensions between Russian government led by Vorshevsky and the U.S. government by implicating him in a terrorist attack, resulting in a new conflict between Russia and America.[4]

Airport Massacre and Global Conflict

"The American thought he could deceive us. When they find that body... all of Russia will cry for war."
— Vladimir Makarov after he kills Joseph Allen.

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Makarov and his team begin the assault.

Makarov and his men launch their terrorist attack on Zakhaev International Airport with their latest member, Alexei Borodin (Joseph Allen's alias) in tow. By the end of the assault, it is made apparent that Makarov knows Borodin is an undercover CIA operative. He kills Allen and leaves his body at the scene of the massacre, implicating the American soldier in the attack. Makarov explains to his comrades that his actions were meant to bring about a full-scale war between the United States and Russia. Incidentally, this war would personally benefit General Shepherd.[4] Yuri, seemingly aware of Makarov's true plan, tried to stop the massacre by informing the FSB, only for him to be shot and left to die for betraying his old friend. Yuri tried vainly to stop the massacre, only to collapse due to massive loss of blood from his wound. Eventually, he was rescued and since then, held a deep grudge towards Makarov for his betrayal and his violent acts against his own countrymen.[5]

Presumed Location

The war ensues and General Shepherd is given supreme command over the military and a mandate to continue his search for Makarov, who the General now truly needs to be killed so that he can bury any evidence of foul play. Makarov and his men are tracked down to two possible locations. One element of the Task Force is sent after Makarov in his Safehouse in the Caucasus Mountains and another is sent to assassinate him at an aeroplane graveyard in Afghanistan. Shepherd then begins to purge his own Task Force of anyone who knows of his involvement with the airport massacre and the surrounding events. Makarov is contacted by Captain Price, who asks for intel on Shepherd's whereabouts. Realizing that his only hope for survival is getting rid of Shepherd, Makarov agrees to tell Price the location of Shepherd's base, Site Hotel Bravo. Price and MacTavish later act on this information and assassinate Shepherd.


Makarov: "Russia will take all of Europe, even if it must stand upon a pile of ashes. I want the launch codes, Mr. President."
President Vorshevsky: "You'll never get them."
Makarov: "Every man has his weakness. (to his men) Find the girl."
— Makarov and President Boris Vorshevsky at the end of "Turbulence."
Following Shepherd's betrayal of the Task Force, Makarov goes underground. Two months later, after the initial Russian invasion of the United States, Makarov plans a massive terrorist/military blitzkrieg attack on all of the European capitals and major cities with the goal of Russia being the supreme ruler of the continent. To achieve this goal, he secretly procures and produces a large arsenal of deadly chemical weapons, to be used as a first strike weapon on many key government and military installations throughout
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Makarov's dossier in Modern Warfare 3 (Note that now he's called Vladimir A. Makarov).

Western Europe. To cover his trail, Makarov convinces Viktor "Volk" Khristenko to become his bomb-maker, who in turn creates a front company called Fregata Industries, distributing the chemical weapons to various rogue shipping outlets in Africa and Europe. To further cover his tracks, Makarov rallied Somalian warlord Waraabe to take control of several African paramilitary groups in Sierra Leone, Somalia, and presumably other African countries to seize control of the aforementioned outlets. Makarov also amasses most of the Russian military to his plans of invading Europe and plot a coup d'état against President Boris Vorshevsky by using the Russian people’s belief that their war against the U.S. is still justified and convincing top Russian officers that Vorshevsky's peace agreement is a mistake.

With his chemical weapons ready and military invasion force set, Makarov hijacks President Vorshevsky's plane en-route to negotiate a peace treaty with the United States and NATO. Makarov's men force the plane to crash land where they swarm the site. Makarov kills Andrei Harkov, Leonid Pudovkin, and the rest of the President's security detail.

Assassination Attempt and Vorshevsky's Daughter

"Yuri, my friend. You never should have come here."
— Makarov to Yuri in "Blood Brothers".

With the full-scale war on the European continent, Makarov meets with his advisers, whose identities or nationalities are never disclosed to the player, in Prague. Aware that he is the target of assassination, like Zakhaev before him, Makarov sets a trap for the TF 141 operatives. Price and Yuri escape, but Soap is mortally wounded and eventually dies of his injuries. Makarov then talks to his second in command who is stationed in the Ultranationalist stronghold not far from Prague and discusses plans to capture Alena Vorshevsky. Makarov's men get there before Delta Force can, and take her to an Ultranationalist base in a Diamond Mine in Eastern Siberia. However, a joint operation by both Delta Force and TF 141 rescues both Vorshevskys. Still seething over his abduction and betrayal by his own men, Vorshevsky later launches a purge to arrest every last hardliner in the party and bring them before the International Criminal Court. Fearful he might face the same fate, Makarov flees along with his followers from Russia.


"Goodbye, Captain Price."
— Makarov's last words.
Makarov Just About To Kill Captain Price

Makarov aiming his gun at Price.

With the war over, Makarov went into hiding in the Arabian Peninsula at the Hotel Oasis. In January, Price and Yuri assault the hotel, intent on killing him. Price catches up with Makarov, preventing his escape by a helicopter by killing the pilots. As the chopper crashes in the ensuing chaos, Makarov beats Price to his Desert Eagle and is about to kill him when he is shot by Yuri, who in turn is killed by him. Angered by the loss of another ally, Price beats Makarov down, wraps a cord around his neck and slams him through the glass roof, shredding and hanging him at the same time. Price smokes a cigar as he gazes on Makarov's lifeless body, dangling from the cable.

Death (Time Paradox)

In a massive divergence of events from the canon version of the Modern Warfare Timeline, Makarov's presence at the 1996 Chernobyl Assassination can cost him his life in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. While he is monologuing to Yuri inside of the Jeep and watching the weapons deal between Zakhaev and the Spetsnaz Soldier, Makarov can be shot and killed by Price after Zakhaev gets his arm blasted off by the sniper.



Acts of Terrorism

  • 2001 - To start off Makarov's reign of terror, Imran Zakhaev orders Makarov to bomb a Moscow city bus. The mission succeeded with 29 people killed and 19 injured.
  • 2001 - Bombing of Piccadilly Circus using a modified London Underground train filled with explosives, killing or wounding 407.
  • 2001 - Massacre of the GUM department store in Moscow, 87 dead or wounded.
  • 2002 - Hijacking of Greek oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea. Hellenic Navy boarding party along with two crew members killed or wounded before $3 million ransom is paid.
  • 2002 - Murder of three Russian infantry soldiers.
  • 2002 - $1.5 million stolen from a ZBV bank.
  • 2003 - Repression of North Caucasus-based, pro-Western nationalist groups.
    • Assassinations of political leaders, arson, and the bombing of opposition parties.
    • Murder of Moscow-based journalist Ilya Lovitch, who was investigating political crimes in the region.
  • 2003 - Bombing of several government buildings in Kazakhstan, 245 dead or wounded.
  • 2003 - Hijacking of two Kreigler Airliner hijackings, 378 dead or wounded, eight of whom were his own men.
  • 2004 - Robbed a HBS bank in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 2004 - Abduction of 15 college students from Russia, five killed or wounded.
  • 2004 - Bombing of two embassies in Africa, 28 dead, 48 injured.
  • 2005 - Hold-up of armored truck in Moscow, stole three million rubles (approx. $100,000). Three security guards dead or wounded.
  • 2005 - Hijacking of the cruise ship in the Baltic Sea, tortured US passengers until $5 million ransom was paid.
  • 2006 - Robbed the Russian State Postal and Banking Service Depot of 32 million rubles (approx. $1.2 million).
  • 2006 - Murder of famous British designer Rob Millington.
  • 2006 - Murder of three US airmen based in Turkmenistan.
  • 2006 - Helped coordinate attacks by Janjaweed militias and Sudanese military against rebels. Implicated in human rights abuse.
  • 2007 - Capture and beheading of Mossad attaché to Ukraine who was investigating Makarov's links to Islamic extremists.
  • 2007 - Assassination of Pakistani politician Hasni Al'Bura.
  • 2007 - Bombing of Russia-Germany gas pipeline in Belarus because Gasneft refused to pay a fee to prevent “disruption to service”.
  • 2007 - Robbed $15 million worth of diamonds and other gemstones from a Siberian mining company.
  • 2008/2009 - Bombing of a Swedish furniture store in a shopping mall located in St. Petersburg, 100 killed or wounded.
  • 2008 - Ambush of FSB vehicle, five agents dead or wounded.
  • 2008 - Abduction and murder of SibGaz owner's wife and daughter.
  • 2009 - Bombing of Baku-located U.S. oil company offices, three people dead or wounded.
  • 2009 - Unsuccessful bomb plot against the English-speaking school in Moscow.
  • 2009 - Unsuccessful rigging of explosives in a Moscow-located soccer stadium. Authorities burst a pipe to halt the match, denying publicity to Makarov.
  • 2009 - Trafficking of over $2,100,000 worth of weapons, drugs, and people.
  • 2011 (Day 3) - Gives Al-Asad the order of detonating a nuclear device, killing or wounding approx. 30,000 US Marines Corps, US Air Force, US Navy SEALs and NEST team plus an unknown number of OpFor, among others.
  • 2016 (August 12 (Day 3)) - Massacre of Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow, which provoked the Russo-American War (234 civilians with unknown amount of security personnel and FSB members killed or wounded; total of 243 people killed according to Return to Sender cutscene)
  • 2016 (October 3) - Abduction of Russian President Vorskevsky, unknown number of FSO agents dead or wounded.
All of these attacks brings Makarov's death toll to over 31,641, maybe more depending on the number in the boarding party and how many political figures he killed in north Caucasus.

Human Trafficking

Mainly involved in moving women from the poorer parts of Eastern Europe to Western Europe with promises of well-paid jobs, only to be forced into prostitution across Europe, the Persian Gulf States, and the United States.

Money Laundering

Uses connections in Russian and Ukranian banking to clean money earned in drugs and weapons dealing done mainly through transfers to Cyprus, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.


Provides muscle and safe passage of the Russian section of the Herdin Trail from the poppy fields of Afghanistan.

Newspaper Excerpts

Main article: Vladimir Makarov/Newspaper Excerpts

During the introduction of "No Russian", several newspaper pages concerning Makarov, from “The World Today” and others, are flashed on the screen. Some paragraphs or whole articles are just repeated on other newspapers.

Some newspaper clippings are also found in Makarov's safehouse, mentioning a bombing of Piccadilly Circus by Makarov, his views about Zakhaev and Russia taking notice of the Airport Massacre.


Main article: Vladimir Makarov/Quotes




  • Makarov's left eye is green and his right is blue, due to Heterochromia iridum.
    • Oddly, however, both of his eyes were green in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, even if his dossier mentioned the differences of his eye colors.
    • Even more strange, his Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC model also has same-colored eyes.
  • According to Soap's Journal, his blood type is A positive.
  • The 'Infamy' trailer, which Makarov narrates, was released on his birthday.
  • Inside Makarov's bedroom, within the safe-house, there are two books. One is titled Philosophy Politics and Poetry.
    • As well as this, there is a picture by Gerard Van Honthorst within the room.
  • In the February 2010 issue of Game Informer, Makarov was ranked #4 on "Top 10 Villains of '09".
  • In the Redemption trailer, Makarov is seen wearing the same clothes from "No Russian".
  • Makarov's initials are "Makarov, V. R." in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but are "Makarov, V. A." in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
  • Makarov is the announcer for the Inner Circle in the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
  • Newspaper articles shown at the beginning of "No Russian" describe Makarov as "on par with Al-Qaeda" in terms of the threat he posed to the world.


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  5. 5.0 5.1 Blood Brothers
  6. Game Over
  7. Confirmed in Modern Warfare 3
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  9. Loose Ends
  10. Team Player


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