Bulgarin, as he appears in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
[[Appearance::Grand Theft Auto IV|
The Ballad of Gay Tony]]
|Full Name||Rodislav Bulgarin|
|Date of Birth||1958|
|Place of Birth||Russia|
|Date of Death||[[Error: Invalid time.|2008 (age 50)]][[DOD::2008 (age 50)| ]]|
|Age at Death|
|Family||Unnamed Sister (possibly deceased)|
Luis Fernando Lopez
Shamal XL Private jet|
Marbelle (GTA IV)
Landstalker (GTA IV TBOGT)
|Voiced by||Vitali Baganov|
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, transporting both people and goods. He employed Niko Bellic, who smuggled people into Italy from Eastern Europe, until one run in which the ship sank, and Niko was forced to abandon ship. Bulgarin blamed Niko for this loss, and sought to hunt him down; Niko joined the merchant navy to escape Bulgarin's influence within Europe, and eventually escaped to Liberty City.
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At some point, 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 hesitation, as a token of friendship; Niko escaped the ambush with the help of Little Jacob.
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 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 Rodislav's right hand, Timur, and the heroin left from Dimitri Rascalov; he destroyed the heroin and killed Timur, before heading after Rodislav, who was preparing to leave the city on his jet. With the help of Yusuf 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)
- Boulevard Baby (TBOGT - Cutscene)
- Ladies Half Price (TBOGT - Cutscene)
- Dropping In... (TBOGT - Boss)
- Going Deep (TBOGT - Boss)
- In the Crosshairs (TBOGT - Boss)
- Departure Time (TBOGT-Killed)
- Ray Bulgarin is the right hand man to Dimitri Rascalov.
- Ray's hobby is collecting celebrity memorabilia (notably sports and rock band memorabilia).
- Ray Bulgarin has a unnamed sister who he keeps prisioner in the attic at his home.
- Ray has two cars a Blue Marbelle which he drives on GTA IV and a Dark Blue Dundreary Landstalker which he drives on The Ballad of Gay Tony.
- Ray Bulgarin's favorite swearword is "Cunt".
- Famous Ray Bulgarin quote is "You are dead, dead, dead, DEAD!" which he says on The Ballad of Gay Tony to Luis in a phone call.
- Bulgarin could possibly be the main antagonist of GTA IV and its expansion packs, as he forced Niko to move to America after a human trafficking accident, and the diamonds that play a large part in the story are stated several times to have originally belonged to him. The diamonds resulted in many problems for Niko, Johnny, and Luis.
- Rodislav Bulgarin (GTA4).jpg
Rodislav Bulgarin as depicted in the original GTA IV. He dons a significantly different outfit in this game.