- "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) was the main antagonist of the Modern Warfare franchise and was the leader of an Ultranationalist terrorist cell and Imran Zakhaev's protégé. Makarov was a minor character in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, was the secondary antagonist of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and was the main antagonist of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. As well, he appeared 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, even shooting Yuri (His only known friend) to reach his objective. 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.
According to the newspaper clippings in his safehouse, Vladimir Makarov held the photos up of Bravo Six (Gaz, Griggs, Price and Soap MacTavish) and declared that they are responsible for the death of Imran Zakhaev. Most likely, it was for this reason why he held a grudge against Price and Soap. The news articles showed that Makarov was responsible for the terrorist attacks in London and Moscow threatening the removal of the Ultranationalist Party controlling Russia.
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.
According to the 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 in the 98th Guards Airborne Division of the VDV. In the early nineties, he was stationed in Berlin during the collapse of The Wall. Later on in his career, he made it into the Spetsnaz and served two tours in Chechnya during the First Chechen War. It was believed that a company under his command was 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 toward the West and the Russian government for giving him no other option, but to leave the armed forces. Afterward, Makarov brought his past military training to bear in many criminal and terrorist enterprises such as human trafficking, money laundering, the bombings of the military/civilian targets and assassinations. 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 was said that Makarov was "kept in check" by Zakhaev during this partnership.
Zakhaev's assassination attempt
- "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 named Yuri are present in Pripyat when Zakhaev was trading the 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 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.
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 gave 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 this. This made Yuri even more fanatic about the Ultranationalist cause, but it served as a catalyst for his hatred toward Makarov. The blast resulted in the deaths of over 30,000 Marines. Among the dead are Sgt. Paul Jackson, Lt. Vasquez, Cpt. Pelayo and Lt. Volker. This was 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.
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. 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".
After the Ultranationalists became the victors in the Second Russian Civil War through the Russian presidential election on August 10, 2016, Makarov played some part in the new Ultranationalist Russia under the mainstream party's newly elected leader and President Boris Vorshevsky. However, Vorshevsky and the other moderate Ultranationalist leaders knew that Makarov's extreme tactics would deter any hopes of trying to distance the party away from it's 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 incur 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 the 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 the Russian Loyalists. Furious with Vorshevsky's decision, Makarov vowed to kill Vorshevsky and his inner circles by calling all of them traitors to their cause. A news clipping in his safehouse confirmed this new-found hatred, explaining continuous attacks conducted by the Inner Circle toward Russia and the Western interests for the next five years.
Blaming the team for Zakhaev's death
Many newspaper articles stated that Makarov held the photos up 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 was the reason why he held a grudge against Price. The other news articles showed him responsible for several attacks in London and Moscow, threatening the Ultranationalists' removal from the government, fulfilling his vow to eliminate the traitors to their cause.
Staging the Plan
In 2016, General Shepherd and his Task Force 141 are seemingly responsible for capturing Makarov and bringing him to justice. Shepherd selected an American soldier named Joseph Allen from the 75th Ranger Regiment and groomed him to become a CIA agent.
Shepherd inserted Allen within Makarov's terrorist cell, seemingly for the purpose of some deep cover operation. However, unknown to the young soldier, Makarov knew who he was and saw him as a pawn to further escalate the tensions between the 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.
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.
Makarov and his men launched 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 was apparent that Makarov knew that Borodin was an undercover CIA operative. He killed Allen and left his body at the scene of the massacre, implicating the American soldier in the attack. Makarov explained that his actions are meant to bring a full-scale war between the United States and Russia to his men. Incidentally, this war would personally benefit General Shepherd who also wanted a war between the United States and Russia as part of a plan to become a national hero and deliberately sent Allen to die. Yuri, seemingly aware about 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 toward Makarov for his betrayal and his violent acts against his own countrymen.
The war ensued and General Shepherd was given supreme command over the military and a mandate to continue his search for Makarov who the General now truly needed to be killed so he could bury any evidence of foul play. Makarov and his men are tracked down to the two possible locations. One element of the Task Force was sent after Makarov in his Safehouse in the Caucasus Mountains and another was sent to assassinate him at an airplane graveyard in Afghanistan. Shepherd began to purge his own Task Force of anyone who knew about his involvement with the airport massacre and the surrounding events. Makarov was contacted by Captain Price who asked for intel on Shepherd's whereabouts. Realizing that his only hope for survival was getting rid of Shepherd, Makarov agreed to tell Price about the location of Shepherd's base, Site Hotel Bravo. Price and MacTavish acted on this information and assassinated 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 went underground. Two months later, after the initial Russian invasion of the United States failed, Makarov planned 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 procured and produced a large arsenal of deadly chemical weapons to be used as a first strike weapon on many key government and military installations throughout Western Europe. To cover his trail, Makarov convinced Viktor "Volk" Khristenko to become his bomb-maker who created 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 a Somalian warlord named 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 amassed 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. was still justified and convincing the top Russian officers that Vorshevsky's peace agreement was a mistake.
With his chemical weapons ready and military invasion force setted, Makarov hijacked President Vorshevsky's plane en-route to negotiate a peace treaty with the United States and NATO. Makarov's men forced the plane to crash land where they swarmed the site. Makarov killed 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 met with his advisers whose identities or nationalities are never disclosed to the player in Prague. Aware that he was the target of assassination like Zakhaev before him, Makarov setted a trap for the TF 141 operatives. Price and Yuri escaped, but Soap was mortally wounded and eventually died from his injuries. Makarov talked to his second in command who was stationed in the Ultranationalist stronghold not far from Prague and discussed about their plans to capture Alena Vorshevsky. Makarov's men got there before Delta Force could and took her to an Ultranationalist base in a diamond mine in Eastern Siberia. However, a joint operation by both Delta Force and TF 141 rescued both Vorshevskys. Still seething over his abduction and betrayal by his own men, Vorshevsky launched a purge to arrest every last hardliner in the party and bring them before the International Criminal Court. Fearful that he might face the same fate, Makarov fled from Russia along with his followers.
- "Goodbye, Captain Price."
- — Makarov's last words.
With the war over, Makarov went into hiding in the Arabian Peninsula at the Hotel Oasis. In January, Price and Yuri assaulted the hotel, intent on killing him. Price caught up with Makarov, preventing his escape by a helicopter by killing the pilots. As the helicopter crashed in the ensuing chaos, Makarov beated Price to his Desert Eagle and was about to kill him before getting shot by Yuri. Makarov retaliated by executing the Mozambique Drill on Yuri, shooting him in both his shoulders before killing him with a shot to the head. Enraged by the loss of another ally, Price beated Makarov down, wrapped a steel cable around his throat and slammed him through the glass roof, shredding and hanging him at the same time. As he gazed upon Makarov's lifeless body hanging from the cable, Price lit and smoked a cigar, having finally ended Makarov's reign of terror.
Death (Time Paradox)
|"Yeah, I'm cuttin' through history class now!"
Makarov's presence at the 1996 Chernobyl Assassination cost him his life in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. While he was monologuing to Yuri inside the Jeep and watching the weapons deal between Zakhaev and the Spetsnaz Soldier, Makarov was shot and killed by Price after Zakhaev got his arm blasted off by the sniper.
- Yuri - Status - K.I.A. A former right-hand man and friend of the Ultranationalists. Yuri attempted to stop the airport massacre, but was shot and left to die at the airport instead. This influenced Yuri to side with Task Force 141 in the hopes of getting revenge against his former ally. Makarov was wounded by Yuri only to get three fatal shots from his former friend. Killed by Makarov himself in "Dust to Dust".
- Imran Zakhaev - Status - K.I.A. An arms dealer and former chairman of the Ultranationalist Party. Served as a mentor to Makarov. Makarov saved him from bleeding out when his left arm was severed in an assassination attempt. Killed by John "Soap" MacTavish in "Game Over".
- Viktor Zakhaev - Status - K.I.A. Imran Zakhaev's son and commander of the Ultranationalist forces in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Killed by himself in "The Sins of The Father".
- Khaled Al-Asad - Status - K.I.A. The leader of the OpFor and organizer of the coup in the Middle East. He was ordered by Makarov on the phone to detonate the nuclear device in "Shock and Awe". Killed by John Price in his safehouse in Azerbaijan.
- Alejandro "Alex the Red" Rojas - Status - Alive/K.I.A. An arms dealer who supplied Makarov for the airport massacre. Hiding in a favela in Rio De Janeiro and protected/defended by the local militia. Captured and tortured by John "Soap" MacTavish, Simon "Ghost" Riley and Gary "Roach" Sanderson. He could be killed by the player at the start of "The Hornet's Nest".
- Joseph "Alexei Borodin" Allen - Status - K.I.A. An undercover CIA operative. Executed in order to instigate the Russo-American War. Killed by Makarov himself at the end of "No Russian".
- Viktor - Status - K.I.A. One of the terrorists who assisted Makarov in "No Russian". Killed by the H.V.I. in "Exodus".
- Anatoly - Status - Unknown. One of the terrorists who assisted Makarov in "No Russian" and one of the getaway drivers.
- Makarov's driver - Status - Unknown. One of the terrorists who assisted Makarov in "No Russian" and one of the getaway drivers.
- Lev - Status - K.I.A. One of the terrorists who assisted Makarov in "No Russian". Killed by either the FSB or Alexei Borodin on the runway.
- Kiril - Status - K.I.A. One of the terrorists who assisted Makarov in "No Russian". Killed by either the FSB or Alexei Borodin on the runway.
- Viktor "Volk" Khristenko - Status - Alive (P.O.W.) Makarov's bomb-maker who was hiding in Paris. A large land battle was fought to ensure his safety for interrogation. Responsible for dealings with Waraabe and chemicals released in Paris and London.
- Waraabe - Status - K.I.A. The leader of the Somali Militia. Served as one of the Makarov's foreign contacts through Volk and assisted in transporting the chemical weaponry. Killed by John Price in "Return to Sender".
- Major Petrov - Status - Unknown. A hearable character that appeared in the mission, "Eye of The Storm". He could be heard speaking to the Czech people over the public address system. It was unknown whether he was the same Major from the mission, "Cliffhanger" from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 or not.
- Alexi - Status - K.I.A. A member of the Inner Circle and probably commander of the cell in Prague Castle. Seen talking to Makarov about Alena Vorshevsky in "Stronghold". Killed by John Price in the explosion of a frag grenade.
Acts of Terrorism
- 2001 - To start Makarov's reign of terror off, Imran Zakhaev ordered Makarov to bomb a Moscow city bus. The mission succeeded with 29 people killed and 19 injured.
- 2001 - The bombing of Piccadilly Circus by using a modified London Underground train filled with explosives by killing or wounding 407.
- 2001 - The massacre of the GUM department store in Moscow. 87 are dead or wounded.
- 2002 - The hijacking of a Greek oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea. The Hellenic Navy boarding party along with the two crew members are killed or wounded before the $3 million ransom was paid.
- 2002 - The murder of the three Russian infantry soldiers.
- 2002 - The $1.5 million was stolen from a ZBV bank.
- 2003 - The repression of the North Caucasus-based and pro-Western nationalist groups.
- The assassinations of the political leaders, arson and the bombing of the opposition parties.
- The murder of a Moscow-based journalist named Ilya Lovitch who was investigating political crimes in the region.
- 2003 - The bombings of several government buildings in Kazakhstan. 245 are dead or wounded.
- 2003 - The hijackings of the two Kreigler Airliners. 378 are dead or wounded. Eight of whom are his own men.
- 2004 - Robbed a HBS bank in Istanbul, Turkey.
- 2004 - The abduction of the 15 college students from Russia. The five students are killed or wounded.
- 2004 - The bombing of the two embassies in Africa. 28 are dead and 48 are injured.
- 2005 - The hold-up of an armored truck in Moscow and stole the three million rubles (Approx. $100,000). The three security guards are dead or wounded.
- 2005 - The hijacking of the cruise ship in the Baltic Sea and tortured the U.S. passengers until the $5 million ransom was paid.
- 2006 - Robbed the Russian State Postal and Banking Service Depot of the 32 million rubles (Approx. $1.2 million).
- 2006 - The murder of a famous British designer named Rob Millington.
- 2006 - The murder of the three US airmen based in Turkmenistan.
- 2006 - Helped coordinate attacks by Janjaweed militias and Sudanese military against the rebels. Implicated in human rights abuse.
- 2007 - The capture and beheading of the Mossad attaché to Ukraine who was investigating Makarov's links to the Islamic extremists.
- 2007 - The assassination of a Pakistani politician named Hasni Al'Bura.
- 2007 - The 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 - The bombing of a Swedish furniture store in a shopping mall located in St. Petersburg. The 100 people are killed or wounded.
- 2008 - The ambush of an FSB vehicle. Five agents dead or wounded.
- 2008 - The abduction and murder of a SibGaz owner's wife and daughter.
- 2009 - The bombing of the Baku-located U.S. oil company offices. The three people are dead or wounded.
- 2009 - The unsuccessful bomb plot against the English-speaking school in Moscow.
- 2009 - The unsuccessful rigging of the explosives in a Moscow-located soccer stadium. The authorities bursted a pipe to halt the match, denying publicity to Makarov.
- 2009 - The trafficking of over $2,100,000 worth of weapons, drugs and people.
- 2011 (Day 3) - Gave Al-Asad the order of detonating a nuclear device, killing or wounding approx. 30,000 U.S. Marines, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy SEALs and NEST team plus an unknown number of OpFor among others.
- 2016 (August 12 (Day 3)) - The 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) - The abduction of Russian President Vorskevsky. An unknown number of FSO agents are dead or wounded.
- All of these attacks brought Makarov's death toll to over 31,641, maybe more depending on the number in the boarding party and how many political figures that he killed in the North Caucasus.
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.
Used 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.
Provided muscle and safe passage of the Russian section of the Herdin Trail from the poppy fields of Afghanistan.
- 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.
- ↑ File:Makarov Vows Revenge In Taped Message Article.png
- ↑ File:Makarov profile.jpg.
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuqDk4_MrU0&
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 No Russian
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Blood Brothers
- ↑ Game Over
- ↑ Confirmed in Modern Warfare 3
- ↑ File:Makarov Vows Revenge Article.png
- ↑ Loose Ends
- ↑ Team Player