Jerkov (born February 29, 1972 in Siberia, USSR) is Claude's first contact in the Industrial Sector. He is a known criminal in both Anywhere City and in Russia. He was kicked out of the Russian army in 1989 and in 1994 was linked to a number of deaths in America's underworld. He disappeared shortly thereafter but was spotted in a knife attack in 1996. He was arrested and tried for possession of heroin, a drug is addicted to, in 1997 but was acquitted when the evidence was lost. He is also suspected in the disembowelling of a rival gang member. He is married to Sandra Tito, a Serbian refugee. He is also known as Junkie, Soldier and Smiler.
Jerkov is a high ranking member of the Russian Mafia who are jealous of the USA's products, so they steal cars and weapons to sell back in Russia. The Russians are against The Zaibatsu Corporation and the Hare Krishna. Jerkov employs Claude to help the Russians gain full control of the Industrial Sector. Later in the storyline, Jerkov sends Russian assassins to kill Krishna leader, Sunbeam, but are thwarted by Claude. The Russians return to Russia after the gang is backstabbed by Claude and are at the mercy of the Zaibatsu Corporation.
Jerkov may be a reference to the phrase "Jerk Off"