GTA IV |
The Lost and Damned
|Full Name||Vladimir Glebov|
|Date of Birth||1967|
|Place of Birth||Russia|
|Date of Death||2008|
|Age at Death||41|
White Blista Compact
|Voiced by||Misha Kuznetsov|
Vlad to Niko Bellic
Vladimir "Vlad" Glebov (Russian: Владимир Глебов) is a major character in Grand Theft Auto IV, appearing early during GTA IV's storyline.
Vlad is prominently a 41-year old Russian loan shark operating in Hove Beach, Broker. Feudalistic in his mannerism, he tends to group people into social classes and treat lowly people as "serfs", who are obligated to do his bidding; as he is a selfish hypocrite. Vlad prefers to call Niko Bellic a "yokel" or "Fatty Roman's Cousin" instead of his actual name, but fails to successfully dominate Niko due to Niko's witty defiance, with he and Roman calling him "Vladdy" or "Vladdy Boy" back. Glebov owns a Russian bar called Comrades in the neighborhood, and drives a sky blue Marbelle, as seen in the cut-scene for Clean Getaway and the chase sequence in Uncle Vlad. It is implied that Vlad is a heavy drinker, abuses cocaine, and is a womanizer.
Glebov also attempts to increase his status with the other Russian gangsters like Mikhail Faustin by doing collections for them. He is very vain, even though Faustin thought he was useless. He also employs Niko, initially to help enforce his protection racket but also for low-level assassinations, including that of Ivan Bytchkov. He also threatens Roman constantly and regularly fails to protect him from the Albanian Mafia, despite promises to the contrary. Early during his appearance, Glebov is been depicted attempting to coax Mallorie Bardas to abandon Roman in favor of him, with very limited success.
After Niko learns that Vlad has been having an affair with Mallorie Bardas behind his cousin Roman's back, Niko confronts Vlad at Comrades Bar. After a brief chase through the neighborhood, Niko shoots Vlad in the left eye under the Algonquin Bridge before tossing his corpse into the Humboldt River, ignoring the fact that his boss, Mikhail Faustin, will certainly track down the man responsible for his murder. Mikhail later admits that Vlad was an idiot, and the only reason he was still been employed in his organization was that Mikhail "fucks his (Vlad's) sister." Since Vlad has not been found after being killed, the LCPD database lists him as "missing".
- Ivan Bytchkov (hires Niko Bellic, who can choose to secretly let him go)
- GTA IV
- It's Your Call
- Easy Fare
- Bull in a China Shop (Boss)
- Hung Out to Dry (Boss)
- Clean Getaway (Boss)
- Ivan the Not So Terrible (Boss)
- Uncle Vlad (Killed)
- The Lost and Damned
- Credits (Killed)
LCPD database record
First name: Vladimir
Place of Birth: Russia
Affiliations: Known associate of Mikhail Faustin.
- 2002 - Public Lewdness
- 2003 - Sexual Assault
- 2004 - Extortion
Wanted For: Possession Stolen Property
- Recently arrived in Liberty City from Russia.
- Owner of Comrades bar in Hove Beach.
- Connections with Mikhail Faustin and Dimitri Rascalov.
- Believed to be well below Faustin and Rascalov in the criminal food chain.
- In Russia, the nickname for Vladimir is Vova and Vlad is for Vladislav. It may be that "Vlad" is just easier to pronounce for Americans.
- During the mission Do You Have Protection?, Dimitri mentioned that Vlad was the debt collector in Faustin Family. It could be his official rank.
- There is a possible reference to the Remedy Max Payne games (sort of) in one of his lines: he said "Bang Bang, you are dead" to Niko. The character Vladimir Lem often said this.
- In the startup cinematic of It's Your Call, Vlad threatens Niko by saying that he would cut his head off and post a video of it on the internet if he wouldn't stop staring. This could be a reference to the graphic video where Russian neo-Nazis behead a person.
- Also, in Easy Fare he threatens Niko again, saying he will "burst one of his eyeballs". Ironically, this is the way he is executed in Uncle Vlad.
- Although Vlad is Russian, he uses the same term for cabbages in the joke he tells to his buddies at Comrade's in "Uncle Vlad" that Roman uses in the opening cutscene of "The Cousins Bellic".