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Lev was as a member of the Inner Circle and the Russian Ultranationalists, and joined Vladimir Makarov in framing the United States for the Zakhaev International Airport massacre. Makarov planned to have his men wield American weapons and speak American accents, and also use American military jargon. Before the massacre, Lev, Kiril, Viktor and "Alexei Borodin" attempted to kill Yuri in the parking garage for informing the United States of their plans.
Before leaving the elevator, Makarov reminds Lev, Kiril and Alexei to speak in general American accents, stating "No Russian". The group assault the airport, massacring countless civilians and FSB members. Lev was killed while fighting the FSB on the tarmac area, and his body was presumably collected by the FSB. Despite his death, Makarov succeeds in having the United States framed for the massacre, as "Borodin" was actually CIA agent Joseph Allen, and Vladimir executed him before they escaped. The massacre would cause the Russian government to declare war against the United States, which ignited World War III.
- He has numerous neck tattoos, with them being the Soviet Hammer and Sickle, a portrait of Joseph Stalin, and nesting dolls with bullet holes or spiders in them.
- In Modern Warfare 3 the photo of Lev shows Lev Kravchenko, this was possibly a mistake made by the developers.