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Please, stop playing me for a fool, Dmitri. I know you're the mole and that it is this you're looking for.
~ Anton Charkov to Dimitri Belikov.
Hell is not in my future. Your daughter's future, on the other hand...
~ Anton Charkov to Piotr Ivanov, threatening Ivanov's daughter.

General Anton Vladimirovich Charkov is a supporting antagonist in the 2020 video game Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. He is a Soviet officer and KGB official who learned that his close friend, Dimtiri Belikov, was a mole for the CIA and was trying to help them infiltrate the KGB headquarters. Charkov's fate is left up to the player, as he can be killed, framed, or avoided in the mission, "Desperate Measures".

He was voiced by Adam Tsekhman, who also played Phears in One Night in Doom House.

Biography

Past

Anton Vladimirovich Charkov was presumably born during the 1940s in Russia, and joined the Soviet Armed Forces during the height of the Cold War. He befriended Dimitri Belikov, and from dialogue that the two can have in his office, the two served in the Vietnam War and the Afghan War, and were Mi-24 pilots. Another hint of dialogue from Belikov states that he and Anton survived their platoon during the Vietnam War, and Charkov states that sometimes he wishes he could swap places with his fallen comrades. Before the events of the game, Charkov married a woman named Anna, and it's implied that Belikov attended the wedding, as he states that Anna was a "beautiful bride" when looking at a photo of her in Anton's office. Charkov managed to reach to the rank of general, and became a official within the KGB and took a desk job alongside Belikov, but Anna wanted Anton to retire to the country. Though loyal to the Soviet Union, he expresses a cynical outlook on his job, telling Dimitri that he does miss missing flying helicopters.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

By 1981, the KGB began a investigation on finding a mole who was embedded in the KGB headquarters, and Belikov and Colonel Lev Kravchenko were tasked with finding them. Unbeknownst to the KGB, Belikov was the mole and was assisting the CIA into stopping Soviet threats. Charkov learned that Dimitri was the mole, but didn't tell his superiors presumably due to his friendship, and possibly wanting to place him into custody. Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and Imran Zakhaev then gave Anton security clearance with the bunker key, and Charkov was also tasked to interrogate Piotr Ivanov, who was accused of working with the enemy. After the meeting with Secretary Gorbachev, Belikov realizes that he needs to handle Charkov and get the bunker key for Russell Adler and his team.

Fate

The player has a few options to deal with Charkov and to get the bunker key, as Anton can be eliminated by Belikov or Ivanov, framed as the mole and apprehended by Kravchenko, or left alive if Dimitri reprograms a keycard. If the player decides to kill Charkov, Belikov will set up a meeting in Charkov's office where they can poison his tea, or kill him with a knife. If the player decides to persuade Ivanov to kill Charkov, they inform Piotr that he will keep his family safe if he kills Anton for him. If the player decides to frame Charkov, they will pass off Dimitri's communications to the CIA as Anton's, and give Kravchenko a false document which results in Anton being incarcerated.

If left alive, it's assumed that Charkov exposed Belikov as the mole to the Central Committee, but was too late to stop Dimitri from escaping from the KGB headquarters. If incarcerated, it's assumed that Charkov was able to prove his innocence, or the KGB figured out that Belikov was the mole. No matter the choice on how to deal with Charkov, Belikov will be exposed as the mole within the KGB, and is nearly killed by Spetsnaz. However, Adler and "Bell" save him and they the trio manage to escape from the KGB headquarters with the assistance of Eleazar "Lazar" Azoulay.

Quotes

At times I feel I would gladly swap places with any of them. Terrible, I know.
~ Charkov to Belikov on their platoon (player-determined).
Excuse me? Do you know who you're speaking to?
~ Charkov to Kravchenko, if framed (player-determined).
Colonel, have you lost your mind?
~ Charkov to Kravchenko, if framed (player-determined).
Is this your way of setting up my fall, Kravchenko? I look forward to hearing the response of the Central Committee.
~ Charkov to Kravchenko, if framed (player-determined).

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Trivia

  • Though Charkov is described as a general, his epaulets have the rank of colonel.

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