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|“||Zakhaev's son. Commander of the Ultranationalist forces in the field. Rotten apple doesn't fall far from the tree.||„|
|~ Captain Price on Viktor Zakhaev.|
Viktor Zakhaev (Russian: Виктор Захаев) is a major antagonist in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the 2016 remaster of the same name. He is the son of Imran Zakhaev and is the field commander of the Russian Ultranationalists. He leads the ground forces of the Ultranationalists in the field and has fought against the Russian Loyalists and their western allies in his father's quest to restore Russian power and influence to the days of the Soviet Union.
He was voiced by Jordan Marder.
Not much is known about Viktor's early life other than that he was born in Russia to Imran Zakhaev and an unnamed mother. He was born sometime in 1971-1972 during the days of the Soviet Union and eventually witnessed the downfall and collapse of the communsit regime and the eventual dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. He was close with his father and joined the Ultranationalist Party following its formation sometime in the 1990s to restore Russian power.
Following the outbreak of the Second Russian Civil War, Viktor and Imran Zakhaev had went to the Middle East and aided in a military coup by Khaled Al-Asad to open a second front in the war. With Al-Asad in control, the United States and their allies would divert attention away from Russia towards the Middle East as a means of helping the Ultranationalists gain an advantage over the Russian Loyalists. Viktor traveled to Saudi Arabia with his father and Asad succeeded in his coup and ousted the monarchy and the President, Yasir Al-Fulani. Viktor was present when Fulani was removed from power and was in the car where he directed one of the OpFor insurgents to drive to his execution sight. He held a Mini-Uzi and brought him to the arena where Al-Asad executed Fulani.
Targeted in Russia
After Al-Asad was found and killed in northern Azerbaijan, the Special Air Service and United States Marine Corps joined forces in a joint-task force operation with the sole purpose of tracking down and eliminating Imran Zakhaev. In order to do this, they made his son, Viktor, the primary target as he was the only known link to Zakhaev that they had. The SAS-USMC forces regroup with the Loyalists in a joint-operation and they eventually took over a checkpoint outside of Volgograd, Russia and found an Ultranationalist convoy that Viktor was in and presumably leading. They attacked the convoy, but Viktor managed to get away admist the fighting and forced Griggs and Soap to chase him through the nearby town while Ultranationalist reinforcements came in.
Death and Legacy
During the chase, Viktor had managed to regroup with Ultranationalist forces that were nearby and attempted to fight of the Western-Loyalist forces, but to no avail and was forced to further retreat. He was eventually cornered on the roof of an apartment building where he was surrounded and forced to surrender. Not wanting to kill the Ultranationalist cause, Viktor shot and killed himself, preventing Imran from being discovered. After his death, his father was furious and launched two nuclear missiles targeting the Eastern United States and would later have Griggs and half of the SAS-USMC forces that attacked Viktor killed. Imran eventually died, but the Zakhaev relatives' goal of Russian restoration was complete as the Ultranationalists took over Russia and eventually restored the country's power and influence on the world stage.
Not much is known about Viktor's personality, but he held a close relationship with his father. He believed in the same ideology of his father and joined the Ultranationalists as a result. He harbored a deep hatred for the West like his father and was willing to do as far as to lead the ground forces of the Ultranationalists against the Russian Loyalists during the civil war. He was dedicated to the cause of restoring Russia's power and seemed unfazed by his father's atrocities and was even willing to kill himself to preserve his father's cause.