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Surrender now... and you will be allowed to live.
~ Kravchenko to Alex Mason and Frank Woods in Baikonur after capturing Grigori Weaver.

Colonel (later General ) Lev Kravchenko (in Russian: Лев Кравченко) (1922-1986) is a prominent Soviet military officer and the secondary antagonist in Call of Duty: Black Ops. He returned as a minor yet pivotal Black Ops II, mainly appearing in the 1980's storyline.

He was voiced by Andrew Divoff.

Biography

He is the right hand man (often referred to as the "lapdog") of General Nikita Dragovich and he is the reason why the SOG was deployed to Vietnam. It was through Kravchenko that the Viet Cong became allies of the Soviets. He was also known to have personally taking Alex Mason prisoner two times in the whole game. Kravchenko is cold-hearted and highly sadistic person and he can be considered to be one of the most violent and evil characters in the whole Call of Duty franchise.

In any other regime, Colonel Kravchenko would have been locked away, otherwise executed. Often referred to as Dragovich's lap dog, Kravchenko was a cold-hearted sadist made of pure evil. Staying mostly silent, he carried out his master's orders without question.

Much like Dragovich, Kravchenko detested Viktor Reznov. However; his reasons were much more mundane than those of Dragovich: Kravchenko took his lead wholly from his General.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, it is revealed that Kravchenko survived his suicide encounter with Frank Woods, despite being stabbed, and has become an associate of Raul Menendez by selling weapons for money. In 1986 when Alex Mason, Frank Woods and Jason Hudson assisted the Mujahideen in fighting the Soviets invading Afghanistan Alex gets involved to a short fist fight with Kravchenko once again who is riding a tank but Mason wins due to Kravchenko's advanced age slowing him down. Mason and Woods capture Kravchenko and tie him up for interrogation for information about Menendez.

If the player doesn't resists the numbers, Mason will shoot him in the head, much to Woods' shock. If the player resists the number commands in his head and doesn't shoot Kravchenko, he will reveal vital information about Menendez having a mole in the CIA. After this, Woods shoots Kravchenko in the head, killing him for good before the Mujahedeen betray them. No matter the outcome, Lev's death is considered canon.

Personality

Kravchenko was a powerful figure of a man, built for war. He was a ruthless and amoral military officer, and had to fulfill his bloodlust no matter the cost. He was aggressive and impatient but not vengeful. He did not see past his next action, and therefore would always be a dangerous weapon of war, and not an orchestrator. Kravchenko enjoyed the suffering of others; it is one of the few things that could incite anything resembling a human feeling inside the man.

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Trivia

  • Lev is Russian for "Lion", which fits his aggressive and brutal behavior.
  • Mason and "Reznov" wear Kravchenko's clothing in the mission "Rebirth".
  • A photo of Kravchenko is seen as an easter egg in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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