Bulgarin is a Russian mobster who had immigrated to Liberty City in the 1980s only to be deported after being arrested on human trafficking charges. At some point following his deportation he moved to the Mediterranean where he lived in a large mansion overlooking the Adriatic Sea. He ran a smuggling operation from there and employed Niko Bellic. Bellic worked for Bulgarin smuggling people into Italy from Eastern Europe until during one run Niko was stopped by the authorities and forced to abandon the ship. The ship was seized, and Bulgarin blamed Niko for the loss, demanding restitution and thus forcing Niko to flee to Liberty City.
At some point during the early events of Grand Theft Auto IV, Bulgarin returned to America and met up with his old friend Dimitri Rascalov, who was at the time coincidentally an employer of Niko. Dimitri offered Niko to Bulgarin without hesitating as a token of friendship during the mission Russian Revolution; however Niko escaped the ambush with the help of Little Jacob.
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Bulgarin crossed paths with Luis Lopez and Anthony "Gay Tony" Prince and hired Luis to assist him in acquiring Liberty City's professional hockey team, the Liberty City Rampage, but at some point they had a falling out. This lead to the demise of Marki Ashvilli, the hockey team owner and his private army when Luis was sent to eliminate them.
Finding out that The Cook was part of the diamond deal, he killed and beheaded him, leaving his head in a box on a rooftop for Luis to find when he walked into an ambush Bulgarin had set up.
He later encounters both Niko and Luis for a final time during the Grand Theft Auto IV mission Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend when Niko and Luis are representing opposing parties (the McReary Family and the Ancelotti Family) in an hostage exchange. The Ancelottis offered the McRearys a large quantity of diamonds in exchange for Don Ancelotti's daughter, Gracie, whom the McRearys had kidnapped. The exchange goes awry however when Bulgarin shows up and claims that the diamonds are in fact rightfully his.
Luis went after Ray's right hand, Timur, and the heroin left from the deceased Dimitri Rascalov; he destroyed the heroin and killed Timur, before heading after Ray, who was preparing to leave the city on his jet. With the help of Yusif Amir, Luis managed to break into Rodislav's jet and face him after taking out several bodyguards. Despite threatening to destroy the aircraft with a grenade, Luis shot and killed him, causing him to drop the grenade and tearing off the cockpit. Luis escaped via parachute.
- Russian Revolution (GTA IV)
- Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend (GTA IV)
- Dropping In... (Boss)
- Going Deep (Boss)
- Departure Time (Killed)
- Rodislav Bulgarin (GTA4).jpg
Rodislav Bulgarin as depicted in the original GTA IV. He dons a significantly different outfit in this game.