"All warfare is based on deception. For years, the West hypocrisy has made the world the battlefield. The corrupt talk... while our brothers and sons spill their own blood. Deceit cuts both ways. The bigger the lie, the more likely people are willing to believe it. And when the nation cries for vengeance, the lies spread like a wildfire. The fire builds, devouring everything in its path. Our enemies believe that they alone dictate the course of history. And all it takes is the will of a single man"
- Makarov, in the introduction to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Vladimir Makarov is the leader of Russian Ultranationalists and the successor of Imran Zakhaev. He served the secondary antagonist in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and appears as the main antagonist in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. He is the main cause behind the Third World War (World War III) and the central villain in Modern Warfare series.Vladimir was introduced as the main antagonist in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, but this was a misinformation campaign to hide the true main villain.
Prior to the Massacre
According to info in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Vladimir Makarov graduated from the Frunze Military Academy as an officer in the Russian Army first serving as a paratrooper. Later on in his career he made it into 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.Eventually, the U.N held an inquiry investigating charges of human rights abuse. Makarov's name appeared at the top of the list presented by an EU Investigation panel. The inquiry was ultimately 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 to leave the armed forces. Makarov would soon bring his former military training to bear, focusing his efforts in many criminal and terrorist enterprises, such as kidnapping, human trafficking of women, hijackings, money laundering, terror bombings of military/civilian targets, drug trafficking, assassinations, etc. At some point, the leader of the burgeoning Ultranationalist Party, Imran Zakhaev, took notice and allowed Makarov a position within the anti-western movement. It is said that Makarov was "kept in check" by Zakhaev during this partnership. Zakhaev was eventually killed by British and Loyalist forces during the course of the Russian civil war and the Ultranationalist party splintered. Makarov's resources and contacts within the criminal world allowed him to assume control of a large portion of the Ultranationalist party.According to newspaper clippings in his safehouse, Vladimir held up photos of Bravo Six (Gaz, Griggs, Price and Soap) and declared they were responsible for the death of Imran Zakhaev. Most likely, it is for this reason that he holds a grudge against Price. Included were news articles showing Makarov responsible for terrorist attacks in London and Moscow; threatening the removal of the Ultranationalist party controlling Russia.
Modern Warfare 2 (2016)
Makarov indirectly becomes the conduit for General Shepherd's recruitment plan. After Shepherd sends CIA agent Joseph Allen (under the alias Alexi Borodin) to Russia, Makarov accepts Allen although finding out his undercover identity. To reveal Allen's op, Makarov initiates an brutal attack on Zakhaev International Airport with other Ultranationalist extremists. After fighting through FSB forces, Makarov and his henchmen escape. However, Makarov shoots Allen with an M9 and leaves him for dead, instigating a war between Russia and the United States.Eventually Makarov and his men are tracked down to two possible locations, leading Task Force 141 to investigate. Gary Sanderson and Ghost obtain intel on Makarov, but are killed by Shepherd to be considered the man who took down Makarov and to soon initiate a major strike on Russia with a planned strong military force. He and his forces are attacked by Shepherd's Shadow Company in an aircraft boneyard. Makarov is then contacted by Captain Price, who asks for intel on Shepherd, saying the famous phrase "The enemy of my enemy is my friend". Realizing that his only hope for survival was getting rid of Shepherd, Makarov tells Price Shepherd's location, saying "I'll see you in hell", to which Price responds "Looking forward to it. Give my regards to Zakhaev if you get there first". Although no outcome of the battle between Shadow Company and Makarov's forces is given, it is presumed that Makarov survives and went into hiding.
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 killed 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 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. Yuri, seemingly aware with 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.
Modern Warfare 3 (2016 - 2017)
Makarov returns in Modern Warfare 3 seeking the Nuclear ICBM codes from the president of Russia. He kidnaps the president and his daughter in an effort to squeeze the codes out of him. Meanwhile, he activates Biochemical explosives which poison some of Europe's biggest cities (i.e Paris, London, Hamburg, etc.). When Price plans an assassination attempt on him Makarov kills a trusted ally of Price, Russian Loyalist Sargent Kamarov, and Price's closest friend, S.A.S Captain John 'Soap' MacTavish.
“Goodbye, Captain Price.„~ Final words spoken by Vladimir Makarov, before attempting to kill John Price, only to be killed by him after killing Yuri.Post war, Makarov was hiding in the Dubai Hotel. Captain Price and Yuri caught wind of his location and attacked the hotel. Makarov attempted to escape via helicopter, however Price took the helicopter down. On the rooftop of the hotel, Makarov was about to execute Price when Yuri shot him. Makarov survived the shot and then killed Yuri. While he was distracted, Price coiled a rope around Makarov's neck. Makarov died when Price punched the fiber glass platform they were on. As both men fell, his neck was snapped by the rope coiled around it while Price landed safely.
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 and killed 29 people and injured 19 more.2001 - Used a modified London Underground train filled with explosives to bomb Piccadilly Circus, killing 407.2001 - Massacre at GUM mall in Moscow, 87 dead.2002 - Hijack of Greek oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea. Greek Navy boarding party along with two crew members killed 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 bombing of opposition parties. Murder of Moscow-based journalist Ilya Lovitch, who was investigating political crimes in the region.2003 - Bombing of several high Government buildings in Kazakhstan, 245 dead.2003 - Commander of two Kreigler Airliner hijackings, 378 dead, including eight of his own men.2004 - Robbed an HBS bank in Istanbul.2004 - Kidnapping of 15 college students from Russia, five dead.2004 - Bombing of two embassies in Africa, 28 dead 48 injured.2005 - Hold-up of billion trucks in Moscow, stole three million rubles. Three security guards dead.2005 - Hijacking of cruise ship in the Baltic Sea, tortured US passengers until $5 million ransom is paid.2006 - Robbed the Russian State Postal and Banking Service Depot of 32 million rubles.2006 - Murder of famous British designer Rob Millington.2006 - Murder of three U.S. 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 attache to Ukraine who was investigating Makarov's links to Islamic extremists.2007 - Assassination of Pakistani politician Hasni Al'Bura.2007 - Blowing up of Russia-Germany gas pipeline in Belarus because of Gasneft refusing to pay a fee to prevent “disruption to service”.2007 - Robbing of $15 millions worth of diamonds, gems and stones from a Siberian mining company.2008 - A Swedish furniture store in a shopping mall located in St. Petersburg is bombed, 100 killed or wounded.2008 - FSB vehicle ambushed, five agents dead.2008 - Abduction and murder of SibGaz owner's wife and daughter.2009 - The offices of a U.S. oil company in Baku were bombed, three people dead.2009 - Shopping mall bomb blows up Swedish furniture store in St. Petersburg, one hundred shoppers killed or wounded.2009 - Bomb plot against English-speaking school in Moscow foiled.2009 - Soccer stadium in Moscow is rigged with explosives. 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.Operations in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Kosovo (No Russian cutscene).2011 - Detonates a nuclear device, killing 30,000 U.S. Marines and countless others.2016 - Massacre at Zakhaev International Airport in Moscow, which provoked the Russo-American war (234 civilians, security, and FSB killed, total of 237 people killed - according to Return to Sender cutscene)2016 - Abduction of Russian President Vorshevsky, unknown number of FSO agents dead.
Makarov is very similar to Air Force One film character Egor Korshunov. They are both Russian psychopaths, mass murderers, wear body armor, wield M4 rifles, attacked a president's plane and die by a cable wrapped around their necks. They are also physically similar, except for Korshunov having facial hair.