Dimitri Rascalov

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Character
Dimitri Rascalov
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Appearances GTA IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Full Name Dimitri Rascalov
Gender Gender::Male
Date of Birth 1969
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death 2008
Age at Death 39
Nationality Russian
Home Broker, Liberty City
Family Unnamed cousin
Main Affiliations Rascalov Family
Mikhail Faustin and Faustin Family (? - 2008)
Russian Mafia
Ancelotti Family
Niko Bellic (2008)
Ray Bulgarin (? - 2008)
Kenny Petrovic
Petrovic Family
Sergei
Andriy Maximov
Vehicles DF8-90
Businesses Drug Trafficking,kidnapping, gambling, extortion, loan sharking.
Voiced by Moti Margolin

Dimitri Rascalov is the main antagonist of Grand Theft Auto IV. He initially serves as the right hand man to Mikhail Faustin; however, Faustin's instability would lead Dimitri to betray him. After Faustin's assassination, Dimitri becomes an influential criminal in Liberty City.

Biography

Dimitri was born in 1969 in Russia and fought in the Soviet Army during the Cold War as early as 1987, where he befriended Mikhail Faustin. They later spent time in a Siberian prison together, where Mikhail (who is much more aggressive and muscular) protected Dimitri from abuse by other inmates. They have matching tattoos on the palms of their hands, which means that they are "brothers". After the war, they began criminal activity in Russia, where they were both "selling hash to tourists in Red Square" and Dimitri was convicted of murder at least twice.

In the mid 90s, he "exploited a loophole in the US immigration treaty" to move to Liberty City, as did Mikhail. Mikhail moved with his wife Ilyena and young daughter Anna, while Dimitri remained single his whole life. Dimitri was arrested in 1998 and 2000 for extortion and hijacking, respectively. In following years, Mikhail's addictions to alcohol and cocaine caused his anger and paranoia to spiral out of control. Dimitri abused painkillers, but remained calm. While Mikhail had taken to an extreme level of violence, even by organized crime standards, Dimitri favored reasoning with people to maximize profits (although he could still intimidate people if necessary, as seen in Do You Have Protection?), telling Mikhail time and time again that they had to "play by the rules".

Dimitri first met Niko Bellic when he and his cousin Roman were kidnapped and interrogated for killing Mikhail's employee Vlad Glebov. Mikhail and Dimitri agreed to let Niko begin working for them, while Roman's wounds were treated. While Dimitri shows a kind gesture in having Roman's wounds stitched, he smugly tells Niko that the situation is "a problem for you and your cousin, not me", which foreshadows his betrayal. Later on, Mikhail orders Niko to kill Lenny Petrovic, the son of the country's most powerful Russian mobster Kenny Petrovic, because Mikhail has a vague, unfounded suspicion that Lenny is a snitch. Dimitri tries to reason with Mikhail, saying Lenny Petrovic is dating his cousin, but to no avail.

A few days later, Dimitri meets with Niko privately, claiming that Kenny Petrovic would spare them both if Niko were to kill Mikhail. It's possible that Dimitri lied, but Niko seems to have never gotten any trouble from Petrovic as promised. After Faustin's death, Dimitri takes over the organization and later expands his criminal operations. When Niko was supposed to collect his payment, Dimitri revealed that he was allied with Ray Bulgarin, who employed Niko as a human trafficker across the Adriatic Sea until he became convinced that Niko owed him money. Niko escaped with the aid of his friend "Little" Jacob Hughes, but failed to kill Dimitri or Bulgarin -- both would continue to pursue Niko from then on. The same day, his cousin Roman's apartment building and taxi depot were burned down. After they went into hiding in Bohan, he discovered that Roman still frequented a gambling den in Broker; Dimitri had Roman kidnapped to try to lure Niko to his death, but Niko successfully rescued his cousin.

In the next month or so, he allied himself with Italian mob boss Giovanni Ancelotti to profit from mafia rackets. His first action was to extort deputy mayor Bryce Dawkins to help them control construction unions, blackmailing with knowledge of his gay affair with Bernie Crane. Coincidentally, Niko was an old friend of Bernie's and stopped the blackmailers. Niko then allied himself with Jon Gravelli and destroyed their shipment of cocaine.

Death

At the end of the game, Dimitri offered to buy heroin from Jimmy Pegorino, who had Niko working for him at the time. Pegorino was made aware of their feud, but still asked Niko to participate in the deal. The player is then given the choice of whether Niko will participate in the deal and be paid, or rebel and kill Dimitri. Dimitri is killed by Niko in either scenario.

  • Deal: In the deal, Dimitri was to collect heroin and and sell it to a third party, who would in turn pay Niko and Phil Bell. Dimitri betrays Niko as expected, while Niko and Phil must fight their way to the money and escape the compound. The very next day Niko's cousin Roman was getting married, and Dimitri sent a hitman to kill Niko. He accidentally killed Roman, after which Niko swore revenge on Dimitri more than ever. After Niko and Little Jacob find Dimitri and Pegorino at an Alderney Casino, Dimitri kills Pegorino to claim all the profit for himself. Niko finally kills Dimitri on Happiness Island.
  • Revenge: Niko immediately kills Dimitri on the Platypus tanker ship, ironically the same ship that brought Niko to America. As a result, Pegorino loses most of his money and influence, and personally attempts to kill Niko at his cousin Roman's wedding. He accidentally kills their family friend Kate McReary, after which Niko swears revenge. He tracks Pegorino to the exact same casino and also kills him on Happiness Island.

Mission appearances

GTA IV

LCPD database record

Surname: Rascalov

First Name: Dimitri

Age: 39

Place of Birth: Russia

Affiliations:

  • Known associate of Mikhail Faustin.
  • Linked to Russian Organized Crime Syndicates throughout Liberty City.

Criminal Record:

  • 1998 - Extortion
  • 2000 - Hijacking

Wanted For: Money Laundering

Notes:

  • Prior murder convictions in Russia.
  • Exploited a loophole in the immigration treaty to gain US residency in the mid 90s.
  • Believed to be the right hand man of Mikhail Faustin, the Russian national in control of organized crime in the Hove Beach area.
  • Reported dealings with Russian mobster Kenny Petrovic and members of the Ancelotti Crime Syndicate.

Trivia

  • Dimitri is a Russian name, but not spelled correctly. A more exact transcription for the name is Dmitri or Dmitry. This mistake may be due to Rockstar's poor knowledge of most non-English languages or it may be due to out of story reasons.
  • It's possible that Dimitri may be short for Dimitar, but Dimitar is primarily a Bulgarian and Macedonian name, not Russian.
  • His surname, Rascalov, may be an alteration of the English word "rascal".
  • During the game's final battle in A Revenger's Tragedy, Dimitri has 100% body armor as well as 200% health, allowing him to sustain about 3 times as much damage as a standard enemy. He is also armed with a Carbine Rifle. If the Revenge path is chosen, he will not have the extra health and only have a Sub Machine Gun that he does not use.
  • Like many other characters, Dimitri features distinctive models for cutscenes and in-game sequences. However, Dimitri's in-game model is inconsistent with that of the cutscenes in that his tie is been fused with his shirt and textured to match its color, when cutscenes depict his tie in pink and capable of swinging in motion. Despite these differences, the shape of the "fused" tie can still be seen on Dimitri's in-game model, particularly during "A Dish Served Cold". After Niko has executed Dimitri in this mission however, the tie does not appear on Dimitri's corpse. The frame of his glasses is also different: Black in cutscenes and yellow in-game.
  • Dimitri's cousin was a girlfriend of Lenny Petrovic before his death. This is probably the reason why Dimitri could make a deal with Kenny Petrovic after Mikhail Faustin's hit.
  • As the story progresses, a Weazel News report on the radio will say that Russian businessman Dimitri Rascalov was held by police but released without charges though this event has nothing to do with the story. Although it does show that the police suspect him or know what he's up to and that he knows how to cover his tracks.
  • If the Revenge option is taken, Dimitri is the one of two antagonists not to be killed in the final mission. The other being GTA Advance's Vinnie
  • Dimitri, like Massimo Torini and Ray Bulgarin, is one of the three antagonists of the entire GTA series who is not seen in the introduction cutscene for their respective game.
  • Dimitri seems to have become very powerful after taking control of Faustin's gang as he has managed to set up numerous drug operations in Charge Island and Alderney and has become a serious problem for various powerful criminals and politicians, such as Jon Gravelli, Bobby Jefferson and Bryce Dawkins.
  • Dimitri was probably born or lived in Moscow, as he says in "Do You Have Protection?": "...Or selling hash to tourists at Red Square."
  • The surname, Rascalov, may be a reference to Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, the protagonist in Fyodor Dostoevsky's book Crime and Punishment There is also a mission called Crime and Punishment where Dimitri makes his first apprearence.
  • According to Mikhail Faustin Dimitri is addicted to painkillers.
  • Dimitri's favorite radio station is Vladivostok FM.

Gallery

Murders committed