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- 1 Red Alert 3
- 2 Red Alert 3: Uprising
- 3 References
Red Alert 3
Premier Anatoly Cherdenko
Played by: Tim Curry
Colonel Anatoly Cherdenko was the director of the Soviet Temporal Displacement project and went back in time to erase Einstein, resulting in him becoming the Premier in the new timeline. His intention was to save the USSR from defeat at the hands of the Allies. While the USSR is stronger now, his actions led to the rise of the Empire of the Rising Sun. Late in the Soviet campaign, he shows his true colours faking his own "assassination" in order to frame General Krukov and get him killed by the commander. Cherdenko then later tries to kill the commander after he learns of the altered timeline, but fails. Afterwards he also disappears and with Dr Zelinsky dead, this gives the commander a chance to become the new premier after the defeat of the last allied base in New York City. In the Empire campaign, he is seen only when he is killed by the commander for creating a time machine after the destruction of the Kremlin, trying to escape with the time machine in a Twinblade helicopter. In the Allied campaign, he is initially kind to the commander for helping him defeat the Empire of the Rising Sun but ultimately betrays their alliance despite the commander saving Moscow. In the last mission, the commander must prevent him from escaping into space by destroying the Iron Curtains being used to defend the rocket launch site in Leningrad. After the last mission, he is held in 'cryo-prison" for crimes against humanity.
General Nikolai Krukov
Played by: Andrew Divoff
The leader of the Red Army, who was Cherdenko's superior prior to the trip to the past, so he naturally resents the new Premier. He does not think highly of the Commander as he was Cherdenko’s choice and never shows the commander any respect. Krukov is somewhat narcissistic, sporting a huge row of self-awarded medals. He is a decent commander but is the type to take credit for the player's successes and blame the player for his failures. In the Soviet campaign, Cherdenko frames Krukov for an attempt on his own life, and thus the General is killed by the player. On the Allies campaign, his attempts help the commander defeat the Empire of the Rising Sun in Tokyo, by sending the "full" might of the Russian Navy, but made excuses, first saying that they were delayed by weather, and finally stating that they are too far away to make any real difference for the battle. In reality, he betrays the Allies by building up an invasion force in Cuba, consisting of Kirov Airships loaded with 50 megaton bombs. At the end of the Allies campaign, he is shown to be held in "cryo-prison" along with Cherdenko. In the Empire campaign, he is killed by the player in the mission in Moscow after refusing to surrender to the Emperor.
Doctor Gregor Zelinsky
Played by: Peter Stormare
A scientist who is considered one of the most intelligent minds of Russia (if not the entire world) developed the USSR's Temporal Displacement Device in a year-long secret project. His device would be used in the mission to eliminate Einstein, shown in the prelude of Red Alert 3, though he is against the decision and worries about the consequences as he tried to stop the assassination when they met Einstein. With resulting creation of the Empire of the Rising Sun, his concerns were shown to be well-founded. It's shown later on that he defects to the Allies in an attempt to redeem himself for the events he helped set in motion, but in the Soviet campaign, he reveals to the player that the Soviets altering the timeline caused the events of the game and the eventual betrayal of the Premier. When the commander tries to contact him again he's mysteriously gone. He also defects in the Allied campaign, though this time he survives, and reveals to the Allied commander and Bingham that the events that happened were the result of Soviets tampering with the timeline and warns them of the Invasion force being built up in Cuba. The Empire campaign he is first observed via spy robot by the Empire, revealing to Ackerman (the spy robot) and Bingham the Soviets' tampering with the timeline. In the last mission of the Empire campaign, he is apparently granted command over the Soviet army (as both Cherdenko and Krukov are dead) and interferes with the assault using massive Orbital Drops on the entire city, while garrisoning himself inside the Futuretech Co. building in an effort to use the Allies' Chronosphere technology to construct a new time machine and prevent the rise of the Empire. When the Commander manages to reach the outskirts of the Futuretech Co. he chrono-teleports Vacuum Imploders across the entire city, wiping out the player's base and army; using the Emperor's Elite Bodyguards the player destroys the Futuretech Co. building. Dr. Gregor Zelinsky is killed by the player as the Futuretech Co. building is blown up.
His last words were: "No no no no NO! You are a mistake! — My mistake!!!" implying that it was his mistake being unable to stop the Premier using the time machine, and cause the rise of the Empire.
Intelligence Officer Dasha Fedorovich
Played by: Ivana Milicevic
The Soviet Intelligence officer, who performs essentially the same function in the game as the Allies' Lt. Eva and the Empire's Suki Toyama. Her loyalty is with the commander, proven when Premier Cherdenko goes mad and attempts to kill the commander. She is perhaps the firmest believer in communism on the Soviet side, in the Allied campaign she actually considered the Soviets invading New York liberators. At the end of the Soviet Campaign, she toasts the commander on his election to Premier.
She returns in Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising as the new Soviet leader. She performs as a respected leader commanding the resistance forces of the Soviet Union who is only a shadow of its previous glory.
Dasha and the Russian Commander together sever the influential corruption of President Rupert Thornley, who is plotting to conquer the world with the FutureTech technology and to erase the Soviet Union from history through the use of the Sigma Harmonizer. When proven triumphant by destroying the Future Tech Harmonizer, the Allies leader leave alone the Reds and Dasha at their command. She proclaims in the Soviet ending that they will begin to rebuild the greatest USSR.
Sniper Natasha Volkova
Played by: Gina Carano
A Russian folk hero, so much so that hers is a household name (her first name, that is) among Soviet citizens who love to show up in throngs to her staged appearances on national holidays and in military parades. Paraphernalia autographed by this highly decorated Leningrad-born sniper is known to sell for many tens of thousands of rubles, though few Soviets would be unconscionable enough to willingly part with such a treasure. After all, the Soviet Union has so renowned her for her astonishing marksmanship, startling beauty, and complete devotion to the Soviet cause. Allegedly, Natasha's natural talent with a rifle was discovered early on by Soviet military recruiters, who worked with the press to make her name and prowess become the talk of the Union—and, before long, the world. Questions exist as to her identity, personality, and abilities, with some suspecting that aspects of these may have been fabricated for the purposes of propaganda. While her exploits may be exaggerated, she is determined to serve the Soviet cause.
There may be a darker side to Natasha's story. While government agencies have flatly dismissed or even incarcerated journalists who questioned Natasha's military conduct or the validity of official sources about her life and career, rumours and gossip of Natasha's "shocking cruelty" supposedly still circulate among the conscripts who have seen her in combat firsthand. One infamous story about her involves execution of six enemy prisoners of war with a single shot from her custom rifle.
Urban legends further suggest she may not even be of Soviet descent, or that she may not even be the "real" Natasha. This, in turn, gives rise to further conspiracy theories about how, exactly, a youthful-looking woman such as Ms Volkova could have operated in so many combat encounters in such a short period of time. Certainly, argue the theorists, she cannot be a single person. On the other hand, one of Natasha's qualities that is widely accepted is her propensity for showmanship: Her unorthodox marksmanship technique looks almost like an elaborate dance. In the game, Natasha's has an airstrike calling ability similar to that of Boris, and the vehicle-sniping ability of the GLA's Jarmen Kell. Her sniper shots also have the ability to go through multiple units in a straight line. Due to a combination of her long-range and ability to kill any infantry unit with a single hit, Natasha is also among a few units capable of effectively countering the Empire's psychic commando, Yuriko Omega.
Commander Zhana Agonskaya
Played by: Vanessa Branch
A Soviet Co-Commander, who has a background in the Russian Air force and Russian Intelligence. She constantly boasts about having the most loyal units to the Motherland and is deeply committed to the cause of Soviet Communism. With her background in the Air force, she has a preference for air units, in particular the Twin Blade attack helicopter. Since she came into command of the air force (and was included in their ad campaign), the Soviet military has received an unprecedented number of new recruits. She helps the player clear Vladivostok of Empire troops and survives the Premier's betrayal on Easter Island. In the Allied campaign, she leads the Soviets in the attack on one of the Imperial floating fortresses, with the Allied troops. In the Imperial campaign, she fights the Japanese in Stalingrad.
Commander Oleg Vodnik
Played by: Dimitri Diatchenko
A friend to the Soviet Commander since their days at the Academy. He is mentioned in the game to be one of the few commanders to be promoted from a conscript to a General due to him cheating death on a consistent basis on the battlefield, which explains his respect for the lower ranks of the Soviet Army. Despite being overly casual for a General, his positive attitude and reliability in battle more than compensate for his quirks as a commander. Yet, despite his rise from lowly origins, his strategies are rather basic, as he prefers massing tanks to crush the enemy while placing less emphasis on air and navy units. He deeply admires his long-time friend, the player. He helps protect the St. Peter and Paul Fortress in Leningrad from an Empire attack, as well as capture the Swiss banks in Geneva. Furthermore, he helps the Commander to fight Major Giles at the Von Esling airbase and eliminates the "traitorous" General Krukov (branded a traitor by Premier Cherdenko). The Allies fight against Oleg at least twice in the Allied Campaign; during the liberation of Heidelberg and during the battle on Cuba. In the Imperial Campaign, during the invasion of Vorkuta, he is greatly displeased at the Japanese for attacking on a holiday.
In Uprising, Oleg returns as a military leader of Soviet affairs. His uniform has changed since Red Alert 3. In a stunning move, he mounts a full scale assault against the Empire's territory. His first move is to take out the main border by attacking Commander Kenji. Despite ruthless efforts, he is defeated. His last defeat is at the hand of the Imperial Commander who presumably eliminates him along with Moskvin.
Commander Nikolai Moskvin
Played by: Gene Farber
A commander with a notorious sadistic streak, his mood swings are as unpredictable as his tactics. His swings from cool to hysterical rage happen without warning but his strategies are always aggressive regardless of his mood. He likes the player and encourages him to eliminate the enemy painfully. He helps the Commander in the assassination of the Emperor, as well as in the destruction of the Statue of Liberty in New York, and takes great pleasure in killing Tanya if he kills her with his units; if the player kills her then he remarks that she should have had a more painful death. During the Allied campaign, his base in Cannes is destroyed. Later, he is forced to pair up with the Allies to fight against the Imperials in Gibraltar. In the Imperial campaign, his forces (along with Krukov's troops) are helplessly trampled by the Shogun Executioner in Odessa. Moskvin has a preference for special units, such as Terror Drones and Sickles.
In Uprising, he is a Soviet warlord fueled by revenge against the Japanese forces. During the Empire's campaign, Commander Moskvin attempts (and fails) to destroy the tomb of Emperor Yoshiro. He and Commander Oleg Vodnik are defeated and presumably killed in action when the Empire Commander ravages both their bases with the essential support of Giga Fortresses. Before his defeat, Moskvin blames Oleg for their defeat (and Oleg returns the sentiment).
Red Alert 3: Uprising
Commander Vera Belova
Played by: Moran Atias
Known as a White Sparrow, this Ukrainian freedom fighter restored some sense of order and hope to the Soviet people after the collapse of their leadership after the war. Her promises of glory and retribution have inspired a new generation of Soviets to take up arms in the defense of their nation. She only appears in the Commander's Challenge.
- GameSpot Video - Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising Campaign Trailer 1. GameSpot Video. February 18, 2009. http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/redalert3uprising/video/6204824/command--conquer-red-alert-3-uprising-campaign-trailer-1. Retrieved March 7, 2009.