Victor Zakhaev in The Coup
|Appears in||Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare|
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (cutscene only)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (cutscene only)
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (pictured only)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
|Rank||Commander of the Ultranationalist armed forces|
Imran Zakhaev (father)
The Four Horsemen
|Killed By||Himself with a M1911 (Suicide via self-inflicted gunshot to the head)|
|Birth||1971 or 1972 |
|Death||Day 5, 2011|
The Sins of the Father, Volgograd Outskirts, Russia (aged 39 or 40)
|Weapon||M9, M1911 .45, Mini-Uzi, AK-47|
|Voice Actor||Jordan Marder|
The Sins of the Father
Ultimatum (mentioned only)
- "Zakhaev's son. Commander of the Ultranationalist forces in the field. Rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree."
- — John Price
Victor Zakhaev (Russian: Виктор Захаев) was the son of Imran Zakhaev and field commander of the Russian Ultranationalists. His relationship with his father is apparently very close and it can be assumed they share the same ideals, mainly of Russia returning to a Soviet-style government. He is easily recognizable by his blue-striped tracksuit. He is also one of the Four Horsemen, and he serves as the tertiary antagonist in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered.
To distract the attention of the United States and the United Kingdom to win over the Russian Loyalists, Victor and his father made a deal with Khaled Al-Asad to start a coup in his country to distract the United States. It began with the nationally broadcasted execution of President Yasir Al-Fulani. Victor was in Saudi Arabia during the execution of Al-Fulani, riding along with him in the car that delivers him to the presidential palace and his eventual death, directing the driver and holding a Mini-Uzi.
Targeted in RussiaEdit
- "And the little punk'll know how to find Zakhaev."
- — Griggs
After the death of Al-Asad at the hands of Captain John Price, Imran Zakhaev goes into hiding. Despite this, his son continues to directly lead the Ultranationalist forces in Russia. The S.A.S. and U.S.M.C. form a joint operation with the Loyalists to stop both Zakhaevs. When Victor is driving to a checkpoint formerly held by Ultranationalist forces but taken by a joint task force of S.A.S., U.S.M.C., and Loyalists (who are then disguised as the Ultranationalists they killed), he is ambushed by them during the level "The Sins of the Father". He hits the tower with Staff Sergeant Griggs and Sergeant Soap, but survives, and the pair chase him through the outskirts of an abandoned city. He was cornered in a five-story building by the combined forces, and trapped on the rooftop.
Suicide and DeathEdit
- "You will all die soon anyway..."
- — Victor's last words.
When S.A.S. operative John "Soap" MacTavish moved to take his weapon, Victor committed suicide, shooting himself in the head with an M1911 pistol. His official cause of death, as reported by the Pentagon, was "a car accident outside Volgograd" as revealed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
Victor's death deeply affected Imran, who takes over an ICBM Missile Silo in the Altay Mountains and launches two ICBMs at the United States' East Coast in retaliation. He also laments in an ultimatum to British and U.S. forces that "Our blood has been spilled on our soil. My blood... on their hands... they are the invaders...", in a trembling, angry voice.
- In the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 introduction, instead of saying "My blood... on their hands...", Imran says "My son's blood... on their hands...".
- In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the official Pentagon statement says Victor Zakhaev was killed "in a car accident outside of Volgograd".
- If the player shoots him, no matter where, his name will turn green.
- Victor's jacket is very similar to a jacket worn by one of the villians in the movie Behind Enemy Lines.