Boris Volgin[1] was a high-ranking officer in Stalin's Red Army.

Boris Volgin was responsible for laundering the funds accumulated by the Philosophers during World War II, but in the confusion of the war's aftermath, he stole the money for the Soviet Union's benefit. The money was hidden in various banks throughout Australia, Hong Kong and Switzerland and came to be known as the Philosophers' Legacy. Following Boris's death, his son, Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin, illegally inherited the wealth.

Behind the scenes

According to Hideo Kojima's commentary on Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, it was originally intended that Boris Volgin had been murdered by his son, explaining how the latter acquired the Philosophers' Legacy. A still image of Colonel Volgin killing his father was also to be shown in the game, during the scene in which Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin describes the Legacy to Naked Snake, but was ultimately cut.[2]

A voice casting sheet, which was leaked prior to the game's release, claimed that Boris Volgin's money-laundering business was bought out by a group known as the Assembly, and the Legacy through them was supplied to his son.[3]

During an interview with Platinum Games on the development of the then-recently announced game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, the journalist site "Computer and Video Games" erroneously inferred that Boris Volgin had been a character in the game (and one of the few elements retained from Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the original plan for the game), when they were in fact referring to Boris Vyacheslavovich Popov.[4]


Notes and references

  1. ^ The name "Boris" is never mentioned in Metal Gear Solid 3, but can be inferred from Colonel Volgin's patronymic middle name (Borisovitch = Son of Boris).
  2. ^
    "This Shinkawa Theater sequence was originally composed of images of paintings, gold, and other treasures the Nazis hid, historical treasures. And images of the Second World War. Then the Colonel's father, and Colonel Volgin who killed his father. The entire thing ended up not being used. In the finished game it became images of files and text documents, and an illustration of Volgin's father."
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3 voice casting sheet
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