- NOTE: This article is about Zakhaev from the 2019 reboot of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare sub-series. The original version can be found here: Imran Zakhaev.
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|“||His father was a Soviet Era hero who wanted a world war he never got, so Victor found a willing partner to fulfill his father's wishes.||„|
|~ Captain Price talking about Victor Zakhaev's father.|
|“||I almost buried him in Pripyat with MacMillan.||„|
|~ Price recalling the time he almost killed Imran.|
Imran Zakhaev (in Russian: Имран Захаев) is the posthumous secondary antagonist of both the Spec Ops and Warzone stories in the 2019 video game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the reboot of the Modern Warfare sub-series.
He was a high-ranking Soviet Union official who tried to instigate a world war so that he can restore the Soviet Union. While he is confirmed to have died years before, his plans were assumed by his son Victor Zakhaev and is therefore the main reason for what he is doing.
While not much is known about Imran's past, it is known that he had three children and his middle son was Victor, whom he had high expectations for. As a high-ranking official in the Interior Ministry during the era of the Soviet Union, Imran had access to tunnels, bunker systems, underground barracks, shelters and silos across the Eastern Bloc. Valuing education, Imran insisted that Victor should be fluent in Italian, German, English and French, and enrolled him into a prestigious preparatory school in Verdansk, Kastovia. However, after Victor was expelled for breaking a teacher's cane to evade corporal punishment, Imran sent him to a Suvo Military School as punishment, something that Victor actually seemed to enjoy since his peers were the more austere families of Soviet military personnel.
The introduction of the new economic cultural freedoms in the 80s crippled the U.S.S.R. as a major world power and forced the regime to return the countries to their separate nations, much to Imran's dismay. Knowing that this would cause civil wars across the former Soviet states due to a major power vacuum, Imran joined the Ultranationalists with Victor under his wing to try and instigate a world war so he could restore the Soviet Union, but ultimately failed. In December 1994, Imran underwent emergency heart bypass surgery and remained in hospital for months. According to Victor, Imran's troubles were the manifestations of a broken heart after seeing the Soviet Union fell. At some point, Zakhaev was almost killed by John Price and MacMillan, two S.A.S. operatives, during a mission in Pripyat.
Eventually, Imran finally passed away in 2011 and left Victor even more disenchanted with modern Russia and fled the country with his wife Yuila. It is currently unknown what became of his other two children.
However, while Imran never lived to fulfill his goals, Victor vowed to finish his mission and restore the Soviet Union in his honor. To that end, he founded Zakhaev Arms and spent the next eight years making profit from trafficking weapons to former Soviet countries, while also altering surveillance of him to look like his father to fool anyone looking for him and maded them believe he was still alive. He eventually started working with Khaled Al-Asad and Al-Qatala to take control of Verdansk so they could gain access to its bunkers that contained Soviet resources and weapons, including a nuclear weapon. Eventually, the Allegiance, Coalition forces and their allies learned that Imran was dead and that Victor was in fact the one they were looking for.
- Because of surveillance photos of Imran looking like Mr. Z, many assumed that Imran Zakhaev was Al-Asad's partner during the invasion of Verdansk and therefore one of the two main villains of both the Spec Ops and Warzone stories. However, it was later revealed that Imran has been dead for nearly a decade and that his son Victor was in fact Mr. Z, Al-Asad's ally and the other main villain since the photos turned out to be altered to make him look like his father.
- The year he died (2011) was also the year that his original counterpart was killed in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
- Also, like his original counterpart, Imran was almost killed in Pripyat by Price and MacMillan but it's unknown if he had also lost his arm.
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