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Whom do I see -  the whole colonel Miller... forgive me, ALMOST!
~ Korbut to Miller at the end of the D6 level in Metro Last Light.

General Czeslav Andreyevich Korbut is the main antagonist of the video game Metro: Last Light. Korbut is the true leader of the communist faction within the underground community known as "The Metro". He is the General of the Red Line Army. He seeks to control the entire Metro and it's people by destroying the current leadership and other factions within it.

Biography

Backstory

After the bombs dropped and the society of Russia took to living in the undergound Metro different factions began to rise one being the communist party in which Korbut served as the top advisor. Korbut began to set in motion a plan that would ultimately put him in charge of the communist faction by convincing the leader's brother, Maxim Moskvin, that his brother was plotting to have him killed. Korbut eventually succeeded in his plan and Moskvin poisoned his own brother before usurping the leadership for himself, however Korbut blackmailed Moskivin into obeying his every whim and command by holding his borther's murder over his head. Korbut's main goal however, was to capture a "Dark One", a superhuman humanoid mutant hybrid with extremely powerful telepathic abilities. However Korbut's plan never came to fruition as the Dark One race was wiped out by a single Metro Ranger named Artyom. This set back forced Korbut to come up with a secondary plan that could give him the power he needed to take control of the entire Metro.

Metro: Last Light

Despite the Dark Ones being destroyed, Korbut dispatched a group of Stalkers, Korbut's loyal soldier, Pavel amongst them, to the Botanical Gardens to search for any remaining Dark Ones - however, the group was captured by Stalkers from the Fourth Reich, and Korbut presumed them lost, and moved onto other plans.

As well as the Dark Ones, Korbut plans to conquer the whole Metro through other means. For some time, even before D6's discovery, Korbut has a double-agent working inside the Rangers, Lesnitsky. Lesnitsky constantly feeds information to Korbut, including the discovery of the D6 bunker complex, and the myriad of weapons and food it presumably contains. Korbut, eager to get his hands on such riches, devises a plan to take over D6. Uusing a deadly bio-weapon Lesnitsky stole from D6, Korbut would kill everyone else inside the Metro, leaving the Red Line as the sole rulers of the Metro. Lesnitsky escapes the Rangers with a sample of the bio-weapon, ransacking his office to make it look as if he had been kidnapped, and makes it to the Red Line.

Not long after, Korbut comes face to face with Artyom, who was once again on the search of a Dark One. Having been betrayed and drugged by Pavel, Artyom is taken to Korbut. Korbut plans to use truth serum on Artyom. However, Moskvin arrives and interrogates Artyom with torture to show his son how to get the truth. His son, Leonid, calls him a butcher and storms out of the room. Moskvin, angry, tells Korbut to do anything to get the truth from Artyom, only asking that Korbut shoots him when he's done. Korbut uses the truth serum, revealing that there is a surviving Dark One in a Hansa freakshow. Artyom, who passed out earlier, overhears Korbut dispatching Pavel to Venice to find the Dark One, as well as to deliver a "special package" there. Before Artyom can, presumably, be executed, he is set free by Moskvin's son, Leonid. During his escape through the air duct Artyom overhears Korbut's plans for the next move.

With the bio-weapon sent to Venice with Pavel (who gave it to hired bandits to place), Korbut dispatches a group of men, Lesnitsky among them, to test it, and they chose Oktyabrskaya, a neutral station, but one that would effectively cut Hansa in two were it to be destroyed. The test is extremely successful, with most of the population of Oktyabrskaya wiped out, though the Reds failed to cut Hansa in two. But Korbut's supply of the virus had been depleted, so he plans to attack D6 to take the rest of the virus. Hearing from Pavel, who failed to intercept the Dark One in Venice, Korbut orders him to take his men and ambush Artyom in Red Square. Once again, Pavel failed to complete his objective, and is either killed or abandoned by Artyom. Either way, Pavel is out of the picture, meaning Korbut has to make his next move soon.

Using secret tunnels beneath the Kremlin, Korbut moves the whole Red Army ready to assault D6. Once again using leverage against Moskvin, Korbut makes him attend the Polis Peace Conference to catch the Rangers off guard, leaving D6 relatively undefended and easily conquered. However, Korbut's ploy fails as the baby Dark One reads Moskvin's mind, revealing how he poisoned his brother and was manipulated into Korbut's hands. This warning gives the Rangers enough time to get to D6 and mount a defense.

With his troops in place, Korbut orders an attack, beginning the Battle of D6, where he sends waves and waves of troops, a tank and his finest commandos to kill the Rangers, but they are all defeated. Using his only remaining card, Korbut launches the Red's armored train at D6, destroying the Ranger's defencss and allowing Korbut's remaining troops to take the battlefield.

Walking amongst the dead and dying Rangers himself, Korbut mocks an injured Miller, proclaiming victory. Miller orders Artyom to set the detonator that will destroy D6. Korbut noticed Artyom, and mocks him too, before suddenly realizing what he is about to do. From here, during the standard C'est la Vie ending, Artyom sets the timer on the bomb. Korbut frantically pushes past his troops, vainly attempting to escape the impending explosion, but perishes along with the Rangers and the rest of the Red Army. During the Redemption ending, before Artyom can set the timer, the baby Dark One appears, telling Artyom he can stop. With the Dark Ones that were hibernating inside D6, the baby Dark One attacks Korbut and the Red Army, tearing Korbut apart, killing many and routing the rest of the Red Army, sparing the remaining Rangers.

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Invisible Watchers
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Dark Ones | Fourth Reich | Red Line | Great Worm Cult

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General Korbut | Lesnitsky | Pavel Morozov | Maxim Moskvin

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Aleksei Bessolov | Aleksei Zvonariov

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Hanza | Silantius | Church of the Water Tsar | The Doctor | Cannibals | The Baron | Munai-bailer | Saul | Children of the Forest

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