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The Russian was a mercenary hired by Howard Saint to kill Frank Castle.


The Punisher[]

The Russian was a herculean and pitiless mercenary, a killer who sold himself to the best offer. When Howard Saint hired him to kill Frank Castle, the Russian reached him in his apartment, starting a brutal fight. For the whole match, the colossal killer had the upper hand, throwing Castle all over the rooms, crashing furniture and walls, ignoring Frank's punches and even stabbings. Eventually, Castle managed to throw some boiling water in the Russian's face, badly burning him, and made him fall from the stairs, breaking his neck.

Character traits[]

The Russian was an incredibly strong guy, near to a superhuman level. He wasn't very smart, but he compensated what he lacked in intellect with brutal strength and incredible stamina. His strength was capable of denting the barrel of a gun with a dumbell as well as walking through walls with ease. When stabbed in the chest with a switchblade knife he merely smiled and pulled it out without making any indications he was hurt.



Behind the scenes[]

  • Jonathan Hensleigh declared that, for the fight with the Russian, he took inspiration from the ones between James Bond and Jaws in 007: The Spy Who Loved Me and 007: Moonraker.


  • In the comics, the Russian comes back as a transexual cyborg after his first "death": The Punisher nuclearizes him just to be sure he'll stay dead.
  • The fight in the movie mirrors the first encounter in the comics between the Russian and Castle.