Ivan Bytchkov

Ivan Bytchkov
Appearances GTA IV
Full Name Ivan Bytchkov
Gender Gender::Male
Date of Birth 1966
Place of Birth Russia
Date of Death 2008 (players choice)
Age at Death 42
Nationality Russian
Home Hove Beach (formerly)
Family Faustin Family (formerly)
Main Affiliations Vladimir Glebov (formerly)
Vehicles Ruiner
Businesses Burglar

Ivan Bytchkov (Russian: Иван Бычков) is a character in the HD Universe appearing in Grand Theft Auto IV. He is a Russian burglar and former associate of the Faustin Family based in Hove Beach.


Ivan first appeared during "Bull in a China Shop", having just concluded a meeting with Vladimir Glebov and leaves just as Niko Bellic is entering. Later, Vlad orders Niko to execute him by Mikhail Faustin's command. Niko's hunt for Ivan leads them to a rooftop chase, during which Ivan warns Niko that Vlad is a nobody, and that killing for him is pointless. Ivan takes a bad step and dangles off the edge of a destroyed fire escape. At this point, Niko has to decide whether to kill him or not.

If Niko decides to kill Ivan, he steps on Ivan's fingers, sending him falling to his death. Niko finds out later that Ivan was right: Vlad was a nobody, with no allies willing to step in to avenge him.

If Niko chooses to spare Ivan, he helps him up, stating that he can't be that bad if Vlad wants him dead. Ivan repeatedly thanks Niko Bellic by calling him a "good man". Niko later meets Ivan on the streets of Alderney, where Ivan once again thanks Niko for sparing his life, and tells him that he is engaged to a beautiful American woman who he has sex with three times a week. He lives in Alderney, and has a new job as a "money lender." Niko helps Ivan collect a debt from several hustlers who choose not to repay him, they try to whack Ivan but they do not survive the gunfight because Niko saves Ivan again.

LCPD Database information

Police mugshot of Ivan, as depicted on a police computer in GTA IV

Surname: Bytchkov

First Name: Ivan

Age: 42

Place of Birth: Russia

Affiliations: Known associate of Vladimir Glebov.

Criminal Record:

  • 2000 - Embezzlement
  • 2004 - Burglary: Illegal Entry with Criminal Intent

Wanted For: Grand Larceny


  • Immigrated to the US from Russia in early 90s.
  • Resident of Hove Beach.
  • Believed to be involved in Russian Organized Crime.
  • Suspected of white collar crimes.
  • Connections with known gangster Vladimir Glebov.

Mission appearances

One possible variant of Ivan's Ruiner.
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned


  • His name is humorously pronounced as "Bitch-Kov".
  • Ivan is the first character that Niko is given a choice to kill, or let him live.