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|“||Adler has some pieces of the puzzle, but doesn't know he's a piece himself. He won't live long enough to work that out. I won't show him the mercy he showed me. I was in charge of the production of Nova 6 on Rebirth Island. I answered to Colonel Kravchenko himself. I was loyal, my star ascended... until the Americans found us. That's when I met Russell Adler. He could not break me. For letting Rebirth fall, Kravchenko sent me to gulag, where I found my true calling.||„|
|~ Kuzmin in the season one cinematic.|
|“||Kill the rest... Adler is mine.||„|
|~ Vikhor "Stich" Kuzmin in the season one cinematic.|
Vikhor "Stitch" Kuzmin is an antagonist in the 2020 first person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, appearing as an playable operative in the above mentioned game and Call of Duty: Warzone. He was released for the season one content for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and acts as the main antagonist in the first season for the Black Ops storyline.
Kuzmin was a Soviet scientist who managed the Nova 6 production facilities on Rebirth Island, but after the island was raided by the CIA, he was interrogated by Russell Adler. For giving up his name and rank, and for failing to secure Rebirth Island from the United States, Kuzmin was stripped of his rank and sentenced to the gulag by Lev Kravchenko. Kuzmin would later meet "Perseus" and join his spy network, mostly to get revenge on Adler for causing his fall.
He is voiced by MJ Kreyzer.
Vikhor Kuzmin was born on August 14, 1938 in Moscow to unnamed parents, and during the 1950s, attended the Faculty of Technology of Organic Substances and Pharmaceutical Chemistry of the Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology. Kuzmin graduated in 1959 and majored in chemical science, and joined the KGB's R&D division the same year. Kuzmin's chemical knowledge allowed to him to become a member of the Nova 6 program, which was founded by Friedrich Steiner, and was assigned to manage the production of the gas on Rebirth Island. During the 1960s, Kuzmin would report directly to Colonel Lev Kravchenko, and showed great loyalty to the Soviet Union. It's also presumed that Kuzmin worked on the Nova 6 program knowing that Nikita Dragovich was planning on using the gas to destroy the west, while also having his sleeper agents signal the attack in the United States.
In 1968, the Central Intelligence Agency succeeded in raiding Rebirth Island, but failed in stopping Alex Mason from killing Steiner. After the raid on the island facility, Kuzmin was captured and interrogated by agent Russell Adler, but refused to break and only gave his name and rank. Kuzmin lost an eye as a result from the interrogation, and was presumably left for dead by Adler and the CIA as they escaped from the island. He was retrieved by Kravchenko, who stripped him of his rank for failing to stop the CIA, and sentenced him to the Russian gulag for life. Kuzmin's two years in the gulag left a toll on him, becoming a broken man who questioned his loyalties to the Soviet Union since they betrayed him. In 1970, he was contacted by the Soviet spy "Perseus", and joined his spy network after becoming receptive to his cause. Kuzmin managed to escape from the gulag after a small team launched an attack on the prison, and worked with "Perseus" while also focusing on getting revenge on Adler.
Call of Duty: Warzone
In January 1984, Kuzmin leads a group of Perseus soldiers to get revenge on Adler, tricking the CIA agent to bring his team to a mall in New Jersey. In the Mall at the Pines, Adler and his team enter the area and found Nova 6 being manufactured once again. Kuzmin orders his soldiers to corner Adler and his team, but tells his operatives to kill everyone except for Adler as he wants to get him personally. The gunfight ends with Adler's team being killed, and Kuzmin capturing Adler and transporting him away in a helicopter presumably to torture him or bring him to "Perseus". By April 1984, Kuzmin still has Adler as prisoner, and orders Kapono "Naga" Vang to keep the CIA thinking that they care about the nova 6 supply lines.
- Kuzmin's blood type is B+.
- Kuzmin is heavily based on Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, and this is reflected in the Battle Pass render for the "Redacted" skin, resembling the iconic pose of Bane. Also, Kuzmin's "Prisoner" skin heavily similar to Bane.