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Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin
Евгений Борисович Волгин
Biographical information
Also known as Thunderbolt
Nationality Flag of the Soviet Union Soviet Russian
Born c. 1905 – c. 1914[1]
Died September 2, 1964,
Tselinoyarsk, USSR
Age 50s at death[1]
Physical description
Eye color Green gray
Hair color Blond gray
Ethnicity Caucasian
Height 201 cm (6'7")[1]
Career and family information
Affiliation(s) NKVD
Brezhnev Faction[2]
Occupation Military officer
Notable family and relationship(s) Boris Volgin[3] (father)

Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov (lover)

Metal Gear information
Main appearance(s) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Created by Hideo Kojima
Designed by Yoji Shinkawa
Voiced by (English) Neil Ross
Voiced by (Japanese) Kenji Utsumi
Motion capture Mark Musashi

Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin (Russian: Евгений Борисович Волгин), also known as Thunderbolt, was a Stalinist GRU colonel, as well as the strategic operations commander of the Soviet Union,[1] who attempted to seize control of the Soviet Union by overthrowing Nikita Khrushchev and installing Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin in his place. Volgin was an extremely strong man, even for his large size. He combined his tremendous strength and skills with unexplained ability of electrical manipulation, gaining him the nickname "Thunderbolt" in the West.

Biography Edit

Early life and careerEdit

Volgin GRU.

Volgin and the GRU.

Volgin was born sometime during the mid 1900s to early 1910s, and later became a boxing champion as a young adult.[1] During World War II, he took part in the Katyn Forest Massacre, in which the Soviets murdered over 20,000 Polish officers. During the massacre, he often removed the prisoners' blindfolds before beating them to death. He also placed the blame on a prisoner revolt to allay any fears. During this time, he was serving in the domestic branch of the Soviet Secret Police, NKVD, stationed at the rear of the Red Army, and charged with punishing deserters.

Volgin was involved in putting down the Uprising of East Germany on June 17, 1953 and the Hungarian Revolution in 1956. He boasted that he personally "disposed" of over 100,000 anti-communist activists.

Prior to 1964, Volgin learned of the Philosophers' Legacy following his father's death, and illegally inherited a microfilm containing records of the enormous cache of funds.[4][5] Volgin later used the Legacy to construct the Groznyj Grad-fortress in the mountains of Tselinoyarsk. He also managed to procure the blueprints for the Objekt 279 tank, after the project was shelved for being too costly, and used the Legacy to build at least eight of them. Volgin then conspired with the Brezhnev faction and the military to overthrow the Khruschev regime and seize power. He also hired Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin to develop his designs for a walking tank when Khrushchev sided with Nikolai Stepanovich Sokolov's Shagohod. However, after it became apparent that Granin's idea was not producing the results he desired, Volgin turned to Sokolov's Shagohod idea.

At some point, Volgin became acquainted with GRU major Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov, who became his favorite soldier, as well as his lover. In large part because of this, he protected Raikov from the hands of the Soviet military tribunal, regarding the latter's frequent abuse of the soldiers under his command.

Operation Snake EaterEdit

See also: Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater
The Boss and Colonel Volgin

Volgin accepted The Boss's defection to his unit.

Volgin, under the rank of Colonel, contacted The Boss on July 24, 1964 using a Philosophers' spy network suggesting that she defect to the Soviet Union in order to overthrow Khrushchev without endangering his position in GRU. The Boss accepted the offer, although he did not realize that this was actually intended by the U.S. Government in a plot to gain his Philosophers' Legacy, as well as inadvertently exposing the Shagohod's development, or at the very least large details of its development, to the government. A month later, he was present during the Virtuous Mission, where he supervised the formal defection of The Boss to the Soviet Union, and more specifically to his unit. He also ordered The Boss to kill Naked Snake to silence him because he saw his face, and because The Boss refused to let him join them. Unbeknownst to him, however, Snake survived from being thrown into the river. Two hours later, Volgin's forces attacked the Design Bureau and successfully seized the Shagohod. Volgin then surveyed his gifts from The Boss: A Davy Crockett launcher and one of the two shells, while celebrating his successfully getting the Cobra Unit to join his side. However, Ocelot then directed his attention to a woman onboard named Tatyana. Volgin then decided to keep her due to her being "quite a catch." He also forcibly confiscated a kiss of death from her, but gave it back to her as he viewed her as useful. Unfortunately, Volgin, in a move seemingly not anticipated by the U.S. Government, had shortly thereafter fired an American-made Davy Crockett at Sokolov's research facility, destroying it in a nuclear explosion as he felt they no longer had any use for it, and "framing" the U.S. for the whole ordeal.[6] He also did this with the intention of making the intelligence agencies believe that The Boss was the one who launched the nuke at the Sokolov Design Bureau rather than himself.[7] This sparked an international incident, and began Operation Snake Eater. He then forced Sokolov to continue with the Shagohod project, alongside several other scientists and engineers, forcing them to continue work for a week. He planned to use it to not only launch a nuclear strike against America, but also mass-produce the weapon throughout the Eastern Bloc, as well as orchestrate various uprisings throughout the world to fan the flames of war.

During the operation, Volgin was constantly enraged at Naked Snake's actions, and of the actions of a spy among their ranks. He was unaware that the spy he hated was in fact Tatyana, a woman he constantly abused. He also suspected Granin of being the spy in Volgin's ranks, and had him arrested and then tortured him by trapping Granin inside a drum can and then frequently punching and kicking it with his electrical and physical abilities, killing Granin in the process before he could talk, and discovered a transmitter inside Granin's shoes, meaning he was either the spy or that it was planted on him without his knowledge. He also ordered for a Hind helicopter and additional manpower to patrol Krasnogorje to heighten its defenses against Naked Snake infiltrating Groznyj Grad,[8] and later sent Flame Troops to Krasnogorje to roast Snake alive as revenge for his killing off The Pain, The Fear, and The End.[9]

In his fortress of Groznyj Grad, Volgin found and captured Naked Snake, however, when Snake disguised himself as Volgin's lover, Raikov, in order to find Sokolov (he deduced that he wasn't Raikov because Raikov and Naked Snake's testicle sizes were different[10]). After discovering Snake, he proceeded to beat him to a pulp for attacking Raikov. After Snake was knocked unconscious, Volgin took Snake to an interrogation cell. He then proceeded to interrogate Sokolov over who Khrushchev's "lapdog" was and who he gave the Shagohod data to, but apparently killed him from the beating (in actuality, Sokolov faked his death from a fake death pill supplied to him by The Boss). He then arrived for Naked Snake's cell, took him to the interrogation room, and proceeded to torture him through electrocution and beatings. While torturing Snake (which was proving ineffective, as Snake was mentally trained as a FOX operative and The Boss's protégé to resist physical torture), a transmitter fell out of Snake, and he discovered that The Boss had planted it in him, supposedly to have the Cobra Unit find him easier. He told her to cut out his eyes to prove that she wasn't the spy in his ranks. Tatyana intervened, which prompted Ocelot to threaten her by juggling his pistols and firing. Snake saved Tatyana by kicking Ocelot, but the muzzle flash from Ocelot's gun blinded him in one eye. Satisfied with Snake losing at least one eye, Volgin departed, and Snake was taken back to his cell. As Volgin intended to continue his torture of Snake at a later point, he also allowed Snake to retain his medical kit so he could dress up his injuries, as well as his radio for unknown reasons.[11] For the same reason, he also threatened the stationed guard, Johnny, with execution should Snake die before he could continue his torture. Snake, however, escaped his prison cell.

When Volgin discovered that Snake escaped from his cell when arriving at the prison, he also ordered a full lockdown of the base, forcing Snake to jump off a waterfall from the sewers to escape the GRU forces, as his planned escape route was sealed as a result of the lockdown.[12] Snake, surviving this, continued his mission to destroy the Shagohod. After the Shagohod was completed, Volgin granted the scientists and engineers the rest they needed. However, it was believed that he was also planning to execute all of them after the phase 2 trials to ensure that they didn't expose the Shagohod's existence.[13]


Volgin, while torturing Naked Snake during Operation Snake Eater.

Following a tip from Ocelot, Volgin's forces apprehended EVA as she attempted to steal the Philosophers' Legacy microfilm from the underground vault of Groznyj Grad, revealing her true identity as the spy. Shortly thereafter, he discovered Snake's infiltration of the Shagohod hangar, with the assistance of Ocelot and The Boss, and captured him. With an unconscious EVA present, Volgin expressed dismay that his "precious, little pet" was a traitor, and planned to have her executed. Entrusting the microfilm to The Boss, who left to deal with EVA, Volgin prepared to face Snake in personal combat, while Ocelot observed. He also briefly fired a bullet at Ocelot to ward him off, after the latter protested at being denied the chance to fight Snake.

Despite Volgin's extraordinary electrical abilities, Snake proved to be an able opponent. Anticipating that the battle may shift in Snake's favor, Volgin ordered Ocelot to shoot him. However, when his subordinate refused to obey (citing a promise he had made to The Boss), Volgin responded with an electric attack, which Ocelot evaded. When an announcement over the hangar's PA system alerted him to the discovery of Snake's C3 explosives, Volgin instead ordered Ocelot to locate them, which he reluctantly left to carry out. Resuming the fight with Snake, Volgin proceeded to use his electric abilities to levitate and ignite several bullets around him and fire in a circle, challenging Snake to dodge the attack. In defiance of Volgin's onslaught, Snake successfully exploited openings in the Colonel's attacks and defeated him, with Volgin forced to his knees, coughing up blood.

Although the C3 explosives successfully detonated, bomb disposal personnel had managed to drain the fuel tanks to which they had been planted, preventing the Shagohod's destruction. Commandeering the vehicle, Volgin escaped the burning hangar and pursued Snake and EVA on their motorcycle. As the chase proceeded through Groznyj Grad, Volgin laid waste the base in an attempt to kill them, even going as far as to shoot down his own men with the Shagohod's machine guns, and ram into both a Mi-24 Hind and a WiG aircraft. After reaching the base's runway, he activated the Shagohod's booster rockets in an attempt to crush Snake and EVA, almost frying Ocelot behind him as revenge for his earlier disobedience.

Volgins Death

Volgin's demise.

After the Shagohod was almost destroyed on a C3-laden rail bridge, Volgin piloted the remaining front section to face Snake and EVA. Even when the Shagohod failed completely due to Snake's RPG attacks, Volgin refused to give up, powering it with his own electricity. In the end, however, Volgin fell to Snake's continued assault as EVA distracted him. Standing atop the ruined machine, Volgin was suddenly struck by a bolt of lightning, which set him alight and caused the ammunition in his bandoliers to discharge, killing him. Snake then caught a glimpse of The Sorrow, who had accompanied the thunderstorm's arrival.

After deathEdit

Despite Volgin's demise, his desire to have Khrushchev ousted from power and replaced with Leonid Brezhnev nonetheless came to pass.

Six years after Volgin's death, his defeat at the hands of Naked Snake had spread across the Soviet Union, making Snake somewhat of a hero to the Soviet people, as well as in America.[14] Sokolov, while using the pseudonym "Ghost," thanked Snake for "taking care of" Volgin years before when he first called him, giving him a hint to his potential identity. In addition, the Soviet government could now deliver justice to Major Raikov's abuse of his rank, as Volgin's influence prevented them from doing so beforehand. Because of Snake's role in Volgin's death, Raikov was initially reluctant to join Snake and Campbell's resistance against Gene when he was rescued, although he eventually relented.

Twenty years after his death, an apparition bearing Colonel Volgin's likeness was witnessed by Big Boss in a hospital. Having recently awakened from a coma, Big Boss was being escorted to safety by Ishmael when they briefly encountered a gas-masked child before an elevator, shortly before it exploded. From the flames of emerged a fiery demon resembling Volgin, which advanced towards the duo until the emergency sprinklers activated and caused it to vanish.

Abilities Edit

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Volgin, wearing his rubber combat suit.

Volgin had incredible strength which made him a deadly foe in battle, his blows being powerful enough to send an opponent flying as well as make them vomit, breaking the opponent's bones in the process. In addition, he was capable of not only lifting, but also wielding with ease, a Davy Crockett launcher by hand (Davy Crocketts weigh about 300 kilograms combined with the launcher and the Davy Crockett itself, and personnel using it generally utilize a tripod). He was also skilled with guns, using his Makarov sidearm to shoot Sokolov in the kneecaps after deducing Major Raikov was Naked Snake in disguise. Colonel Volgin then turned the Makarov on Snake, but the gun was disarmed from him with Snake's quick CQC skills. It was attempted to be used on Snake again once The Boss overpowered him, and The Boss did a similar disarming maneuver to render him bare-handed.

Volgin's body possessed a physical anomaly that allowed him to generate 10 million volts of electricity at will, and he specialized in electric shock attacks. To protect himself from being injured by this exceedingly high voltage, having caused the numerous scars to his face, Volgin wore a rubber suit during combat. While wearing it, he could generate his maximum level of voltage, using it to enhance his strength to superhuman levels. He demonstrated this by punching through the solid metal of the Shagohod's armor, which even the RPG-7's shaped-charge warhead was unable to penetrate directly. Volgin was also known to perform an attack that did damage on three levels; to hold four 7.62x54R rifle shells between his knuckles, punch a person, and drop the shell casings in an intimidating manner. The manuever worked three-fold: A punch, igniting the cartridge's gunpowder for a "gunshot" effect, and using the metal of the shells to conduct an electricity shock on the opponent. He first showcased this ability on a concrete wall after learning from The Boss that The Pain had been killed by Naked Snake. He then performed it on Granin, who was imprisoned inside a metal drum.


Volgin, with his makeshift "brass knuckles."

During his battle with Naked Snake in Groznyj Grad, Volgin demonstrated the ability to electrify metallic objects to his own specifications (for example, he was able to create a steady band of electricity across the floor) and project steady beams of electricity forward. Instead of using a firearm, he could hold 7.62x54R cartridges in his hands and use his power to ignite the propellant. He used this ability in several ways, including a barrage attack, a machine gun, and to increase the damage from his punches. He used a similar attack on Ocelot to force him to not attack Snake, prior to his and Snake's fight in the hangar. The bullets presumably came from a bandoleer of 7.62mm rifle bullets, which he always wore on his rubber suit. He could also use it to create a shield that could temporarily protect him from gunfire. He also had the ability to channel his own electricity, as shown when he was able to revive and power the Shagohod after it was nearly destroyed by Naked Snake's RPG. In addition, he could also absorb electricity from other electrical sources such as switchboards, as was shown during his fight with Naked Snake. He also had some degree of durability, as evidenced by his surviving an RPG blast from Naked Snake shortly before his death by lightning.

Nevertheless, his electricity was subject to the same physics as regular electricity. It was attracted by metal (which he used to his advantage to stop Naked Snake from using a gun by igniting all the bullets in the magazine at once), and Russian Glowcap mushrooms (which interfered with his electrical abilities, causing him to hate the mushroom species). His powers could also be temporarily weakened if he came into contact with water. Likewise, his electrical abilities can also be disrupted with chaff-based weaponry. Although he can wield electricity, he is not invulnerable to it; as evidenced by his scars as well as his being killed by being hit by a bolt of lightning late in Operation Snake Eater.

Personality and characteristics Edit


Volgin was shown to have a ruthless, brutal, and power-hungry personality, as one of the reasons why he desired to overthrow Khrushchev and install Brezhnev and Kosygin in his place was so he could secretly control the Soviet Union. He was also extremely sadistic, as evidenced by his love of torture (even though most of the times he tortured people he also killed them before they could even reveal any intel), as well as his frequent abuse of EVA/Tatyana, and his boasts of killing people in the Katyn Forest Massacre, the Uprising of East Germany, and the Hungarian Revolution. In addition, during the aforementioned massacre at Katyn Forest, he also removed the blindfolds before beating them to death, and after Snake wet himself while being tortured, he remarked "Now that's what I like to see," suggesting that Volgin also enjoys seeing people experiencing terror or pain before death. In addition, Volgin also recalled several despicable and low class things he did or witnessed, to which he frequently laughed about it. This trait was apparent shortly before he attempted to execute Tatyana when discovering she was the mole leaking information to Snake, where he laughed to himself. He also had little regard for his own men, as evidenced by the fact that he killed many of them while using the Shagohod. These traits likewise made him feared in the Soviet Union, to the extent that his death and Big Boss's role in it resulted in the latter being viewed as a hero to the Soviet military despite the latter being American.[14]

Volgin often failed to interrogate any of his victims successfully, during Operation Snake Eater, as most of them died before they could reveal any information. For example, Volgin not only failed to learn the details behind Naked Snake's mission, he actually achieved the opposite during the interrogation, by informing Snake about the true nature and location of the Philosophers' Legacy. This was in part due to Volgin's sadistic nature and his failure to control it, often getting high when doing it.[15] Taking into account that Ocelot discovered his fascination with torture by watching him interrogate Snake, Volgin's failure to show the benefits of torture awakened a sadistic side in Ocelot. Volgin himself also claimed that he was a "very patient man" regarding his charges breaking under the interrogation.

Volgin was extremely arrogant and megalomaniacal, believing that his position in Groznyj Grad means that he should dismiss any arguments from his underlings, that they should obey him without question. These traits were especially apparent with his interactions with Ocelot: when Ocelot scolded Volgin about his methods, Volgin sternly responded that he didn't need Ocelot's approval in regards to how he runs Groznyj Grad as he was in command,[16] as well as getting angered at Ocelot stating that he won't obey Volgin's command to kill Naked Snake because of his promise to The Boss. In the latter instance, he attempted to kill Ocelot with bolt of electricity after barking that he was the commanding officer. Ocelot calmly emptied one of his revolvers into the oncoming jolt to deflect it, admonishing, "Fight like a man, Volgin!"[17]

He also had a tendency to destroy or kill anything or anyone who no longer served any purpose to him, as evidenced by one of his reasons as to why he launched the Davy Crockett at the OKB-754 research facility, his indifference to Granin's dying from torture before he could reveal who the spy within his ranks, his shooting and later attempted manslaughter of Sokolov when the latter was tortured by him, and the rumors of his intending to murder the scientists and engineers after the Shagohod tests are completed.

Volgin usually wore a unique variation of a Soviet officer's uniform that resembled a cross between an officer's uniform and a longcoat, wearing it over his rubber suit. However, this outfit was destroyed just before he fought against Naked Snake, by his full unleashment of his electrical powers.

Despite his negative qualities, Volgin mentioned that his primary reason for trying to take control of the entire Eastern Bloc was to reunify the Philosophers, who had split apart and began warring amongst themselves, and essentially end the Cold War.

Volgin was bisexual, and often described as being "a man of broad tastes," as evidenced by his relationships with both Major Raikov and EVA (he knew her as Tatyana). He seemed to legitimately care for Raikov; after Snake stole Raikov's uniform and impersonated him, Volgin was enraged and brutally beat him unconscious in retribution. He also, shortly after discovering that EVA was the spy in his midst, remarked that, despite his abuse towards her, he "valued her as a pet and cared for her" when about to execute her, as well as it almost "paining him" to kill her.

Volgin showed a deep sense of respect (and to a certain extent, even fear) for The Boss. For instance, despite showing an extreme force of power in torturing Naked Snake in Groznyj Grad, Volgin backed away in fear when The Boss stepped toward him and asked, "You don't trust me, is that it?" Despite this, he still showed defiance when he ordered The Boss to cut Naked Snake's eyes out so that she would regain his trust after he began to suspect that The Boss was the spy he was looking for. Later, he implied that he had at least some respect for Snake also, as he mentioned that fighting him would be a "once in a lifetime battle."[18]

Volgin was also somewhat of a Japan fanatic, having knowledge of Japanese sports such as Judo as well as reciting the Japanese nursery rhyme "Kuwabara, Kuwabara." Similarly, he was also had some knowledge in regards to American history, remarking "Remember the Alamo" shortly before firing the Davy Crockett at the Sokolov Design Bureau (the Davy Crockett was named after the legendary American hero who died during the Texan War of Independence defending the Alamo from the Mexican Army, which the phrase "Remember the Alamo" was derived from).

Volgin would chant the phrase "Kuwabara, Kuwabara", meaning "mulberry bush," whenever it was raining. In Japanese mythology, lightning did not strike mulberry bushes (its use is similar to the nursery rhyme "Rain Rain Go Away"). Ironically, one of the rare times that Volgin did not utter this phrase, he was struck by a bolt of lightning.

Unconfirmed historyEdit

The following information has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, which were written by various external authors. Therefore, its status in the Metal Gear canon is unconfirmed.[?]

One of Volgin's motives for trying to overthrow Nikita Khruschev was because the latter was liberal in his politics.[19]

Behind the scenes Edit

Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin (エヴゲニー・ボリソヴィッチ・ヴォルギン?) is one of the main antagonists of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. His last name is a common Russian surname that derives from the Volga River, while his first name is the Slavic version of the name Eugene.

MGS3 Volgin Artwork

Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin.

In a leaked voice casting sheet, there was apparently some indecision in regards to whether Volgin was to hold the rank of Colonel or Major, although it was eventually decided that his rank was a Colonel in the final version.[1]

Volgin's actions on board the Hind were intended to be similar to Carl Weathers' role as George Dillon from the film Predator, under Hideo Kojima's request.

After Volgin dies, when EVA is about to hug Snake, holding R1 will allow the player to see The Sorrow floating behind her and smiling. Some fans have speculated that he may have caused the lightning bolt that killed Volgin, although he often appears whenever thunderstorms occur in the game.

Volgin's Japanese voice actor, Kenji Utsumi, had also formerly voiced two characters who, like Volgin, were military dictators. The first was Commander Red, the leader of the Red Ribbon Army from the Dragon Ball anime, and the second was Raoh, the main antagonist of Hokuto no Ken who, similar to Volgin, possessed martial arts skills and supernatural powers. His motion capture actor, Mark Musashi, had previously done the motion capture work for Liquid Snake in the GameCube remake for Metal Gear Solid, The Twin Snakes, and had auditioned because they wanted a hentai colonel role, a role that most other motion capture actors backed away from. He also enjoyed the experience since it allowed him to undergo extreme emotions.[20]

In the non-canonical Secret Theater film Die Hard, after Volgin is launched into the stratosphere, he explodes, suggesting that Volgin carried a microbomb. In another film, Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser, Volgin encounters a time-traveling Raiden on several occasions: he briefly mistakes him for Raikov and assaults him in the Groznyj Grad prison; he beats him in Groznyj Grad's West Wing while a Raikov-disguised Naked Snake slips away; and he expresses confusion when Raiden flees within a drum can just after he torturing and killing Dr. Granin. Volgin also briefly appears in the film "The Joy," where he is puzzled as to The Boss's motives, after she jumps from a bridge to evade a swarm of hornets.

A leaked character model for the Fox Engine revealed a male character who resembled Colonel Volgin in appearance, who Kojima stated was a killed character. However, Kojima revealed in a Twitter post that the character was not Colonel Volgin.

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops and the Metal Gear Solid 4 Database erroneously state that Snake killed Volgin instead of the latter being killed by a bolt of lightning.[14][21][22][23]

Cut content Edit

Various commentaries on Metal Gear Solid 3 by Kojima revealed several scenes involving Volgin that were to have featured in the game, which were ultimately cut or altered for the final version.[24]


Volgin is the main antagonist of Metal Gear Solid 3.

There was originally to have been a scene at the Ponizovje warehouse, where Volgin looks dirtily at Tatyana's hips (which are seen through her skirt) while she is out of it, causing her to straighten out her skirt when she realizes this. The scene, had it been used, would have explained why Tatyana's skirt was straightened when standing up despite Volgin's earlier electric shock attack.[25]

The scene that the photograph was taken with Volgin and Raikov by EVA had Volgin reaching for Raikov's crotch, but this was cut off from the photo.[26]

When Volgin tortures Snake, the sequence was originally to have contained some button prompt sequences similar to previous games, where Snake would struggle and swear. Even though the dialogue had already been recorded, this concept was not utilized.[27]

While not cut from the game, Kojima admits that it was difficult to get across the meaning behind Volgin's breaking into laughter, after he expressed pity at the thought of killing EVA in the Shagohod's hangar. The reason for this was because he was remembering several "despicable and low-class" things he had carried out.[28] When EVA attempts to kill him with the Kiss of Death, Volgin was originally to have destroyed it with his electricity, with the resulting discharge forcing the bullet into the ceiling.[28] Just prior to fighting Snake on the elevator, he was also to have pressed a button to lower it, but was changed during development to him using his electricity instead.

It was originally intended that Volgin had killed his father, and that there were originally supposed to be images of gold, silver, and paintings that the Nazis stole, images of World War II, Volgin's father, as well as a still of Volgin murdering his father. However, this was cut from the final version, with the Nazi Treasures and World War II images being replaced with texts and blueprints, and Volgin murdering his father being left out entirely.[25] Whether he had killed his father for the Legacy, had it been kept, was unknown, although Volgin's comment about having learned of its existence and his role in it after his father's death would make this motive unlikely.

Volgin's final battle with Snake with the Shagohod was also slightly different: Originally, he was to have piloted an escape mode for the Shagohod that was quick in its movements. After being beaten, Volgin will burst out with his rubber suit largely damaged, with the top portion completely destroyed, as well as largely covered in his own blood, especially on the face. Because of his suit being damaged, he was also discharging electricity as if there was a malfunction. After noticing a storm, he effectively says "Hmm, thunderstorms mean nothing." And smiles at Naked Snake and EVA (hinting that he is about to kill them at that moment) before being hit by lightning. The final version had Volgin merging with the wiring of the Shagohod to repower it, and likewise upon defeat attempt to repower the Shagohod shortly before being struck by lightning.

Gameplay Edit

Major Raikov will reveal hints that Volgin is weak against water, if interrogated. Similarly, again Raikov will also imply that Volgin doesn't like the Russian Glowcap mushrooms species under the same interrogation.

Volgin's remarks about Snake's endurance prior to the torture varies depending on how many serious injuries the player has endured during both the Virtuous Mission and Operation Snake Eater (not counting wounds received in cutscenes). If Snake received minimal injuries, Volgin will remark that his skin is as soft as a "newborn baby's", although it soon wouldn't be. For moderate amounts of injuries, Volgin will admit that Snake has seen his fair share of battles, but tells him that he should consider himself so lucky, as what Snake would go through next would be "Hell." If Snake received a huge amount of injuries, Volgin will be impressed at how much he has endured, as a lesser man would have been long dead by then.

If the player wears the Raikov mask during the boss fight with Volgin, Volgin will slowly walk towards while shaking to snake, and say "Ivan...?", thus allowing a free hit on Volgin. However, this can only be done only once (afterwards, he would have wised up), and if the player took the opportunity to hit him, he has to get out of the way, as Volgin will charge at him at an even faster rate than before, shouting out loud "How dare you!! You will pay for what you did to Ivan!!" Also, waiting too long will have Volgin realize that Snake is not Raikov at all. and do the above action. In a radio call to Para-Medic, she'll also briefly hint that Snake try to use that technique to land a free hit, although she'll stop herself when Snake expresses confusion as to why it would work. Also, acting on the advice that Volgin doesn't like water, the player can shoot the pipes in the arena. Similarly, the player can also toss out some Russian glowcap mushrooms (if they player has them in their possession), which will absorb Volgin's electric attacks. If the player manages to bring a live tree frog with them and throw it, Volgin will jump away in fear upon getting close to it, uttering in anger "Kuwabara!, Kuwabara!" before attacking the frog. This references a myth related to the belief that lightning will not strike a mulberry bush.

In the HD Collection, if the player defeats Volgin, they'll gain an trophy/achievement named "Grounded," referring to the concept of electrical waves being dampened by towering objects such as lightning rods to prevent short-circuiting of electronics.

Other appearancesEdit

Volgin was mentioned several times in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. The first mention of him was by Jonathan, after learning that Snake was actually Big Boss. The second time was by Ghost when first contacting Big Boss. The third time was during the recruitment of Raikov, and the final time was when Gene explains that the United States, and more specifically a "deviously cunning strategist" had manipulated various factors to ensure that The Boss did not come home alive.

Volgin was referenced by Big Mama to Old Snake in Act 3, when recounting Operation Snake Eater, the event that resulted in the formation of the Patriots. He was also briefly seen on a painting in Act 3 when first entering the hideout, which was itself based on Noriyoshi Ohrai's artwork for Metal Gear Solid 3.

Volgin was given three slight references in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. He was mentioned by The Boss AI during the climax of Chapter 4, which was itself a repeat of what The Boss herself told Big Boss, then known as Naked Snake, shortly before their duel in Rokovoj Bereg. The second time was when Big Boss told Dr. Strangelove that he was "used to shock therapy." The third time was in Peace Walker HD, with the trophy achievement "Kuwabara, Kuwabara" received upon using the radio near a ghost, referring to what Volgin frequently says when it is raining.

Volgin doesn't appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he is indirectly referenced three times: The first reference was in EVA's sticker granting whoever wears it a 30% resistance to electric attacks, referring to EVA's undercover position as Colonel Volgin's female lover, as well as Volgin's electrical abilities. The second reference was in Naked Snake's trophy, which shows him bandaged up and wearing an eyepatch, referring in part to Volgin's torture of him, and Snake's loss of the use of his eye during the torture. Finally, the third reference was with the Naked Snake sticker having the second highest flinch resistance (being bested only by The Boss's sticker by one point), referring to Naked Snake's unflinching resistance to Volgin's torture.

Volgin is erroneously referred to as a KGB colonel in cards featured in Metal Gear Acid and Metal Gear Acid 2.[29]  

He also has several cards in the smartphone game Metal Gear Solid: Social Ops.


The fiery apparition that resembles Volgin.

In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, an apparition appears that bears some resemblance to a demonic version of the then-long deceased Volgin. The longcoat-wearing phantom first encounters Big Boss and Ishmael in a hospital in the 1980s, shortly after an elevator explodes, before being driven away by the emergency sprinkler system. A similar phantom later made a reappearance during another blaze at the hospital, as well as during the winged unicorn battle as one of its riders, although it is not made clear whether it was intended to be the same phantom. The March 2014 issue of Game Informer confirmed that the phantom was intended to be Volgin. A Play Arts Kai action figure based on this character was shown on July 23, 2014 at the San Diego Comic Con. The action figure was showcased under the name of Man on Fire, which was a placeholder name to avoid giving spoilers. On his left hand were spines between his fingers, similar to Volgin's tendency to use bullets as brass-knuckles. He also wears a bandolier of bullets on his chest and a tattered suit very similar to the ones worn by Volgin in the latter stages of Operation Snake Eater (when his coat had been removed). The RedCode site also uncovered some code that was during the hospital scene, where the character on the horse is explicitly referred to as Volgin.[30]

Aside from his possible appearance in The Phantom Pain, Volgin also appears in the Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Companion App as an officer type for the Mother Base builder. He is unlocked by getting 60k points or more on Hard difficulty with the main mission, while connected to the app the Companion App is on.

He also appears in the Versus Battle on the series official site.

"STRENGTHS: Sadistic High Voltage Herculean Power
WEAKNESSES: Water, Chaff, Poor Interrogator
FEATURED FACT: Also known as Thunderbolt, the giant Colonel Volgin can generate up to 10 million volts of electricity with which to decimate opponents
-Volgin in Versus Battle


Notes and references Edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Metal Gear Solid 3 voice casting sheet [1][2]
  2. ^
    "He belongs to Brezhnev's faction. His body holds a charge of 10 million volts, allowing him to alter the trajectories of enemy bullets. He is a sadist, taking pleasures in tormenting others. "Sokolov isn't worth your love. You can entertain me until the rain stops.""
    ―Y.B. Volgin+ card description
  3. ^ Since patronyms are used for middle names in Russian, it can be assumed that Volgin's father was named as this.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan(2004).
    Volgin: After my father's death, I learned of this secret and obtained the microfilm.
  5. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    Aleksandr Leonovitch Granin: Volgin's father was in charge of the Philosophers' money laundering activities. In the confusion of the war, he somehow ended up with their treasure. And Volgin inherited that treasure illegally.
  6. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Kojima Productions (2006).
    Gene would later claim that a CIA strategist had manipulated Volgin into nuking Tselinoyarsk, as part of a greater plan to assassinate The Boss from the beginning.
  7. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Kojima Productions (2004)
    Major Ocelot: Colonel! Even if they are our enemies, they're still our countrymen! // Colonel Volgin: But it won't be me that pulled the trigger. It will be our friend, the American defector.
  8. ^ EVA explains this in a radio conversation with Snake.
  9. ^ Sigint explains this in a radio conversation with Snake.
  10. ^ Explained in the commentary
  11. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    This is speculated in a radio conversation with Zero shortly after the torture.
  12. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    EVA: Snake? You're already in the sewers? // Naked Snake: EVA? Yeah, I just got down here. // EVA: ... // Naked Snake: I'm coming to meet you now. The door at the north end is open, right? // EVA: Uh, Snake... // Naked Snake: Let me guess - there's a problem. // EVA: Yeah. // Naked Snake: What is it this time? // EVA: The colonel found out you escaped. // Naked Snake: He did, huh. Figured as much. // EVA: Yeah. And now all of Groznyj Grad is on red alert. // Naked Snake: Just my luck. But once I'm out of the fortress... // EVA: You can't get out. // Naked Snake: I can't? // EVA: When the fortress went on red alert, they sealed off the sewers. // Naked Snake: You've got to be kidding me. // EVA: I'm serious. And that means the escape route I laid out... // Naked Snake: sealed off, too. // EVA: Right. And they just sent a unit out looking for you. // Naked Snake: Down here? // EVA: Uh huh. They'll be there any minute. You've got to get out, quick! // Naked Snake: But isn't the exit sealed off? // EVA: You should be able to get out by heading straight north. Book it Snake! If they find you, you're dead!
  13. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    EVA: It should be no sweat for you. Besides, the scientists have the day off today. // Naked Snake: So the hangar's completely deserted? // EVA: Not quite. They've still got guards posted there. // Snake: Hmm... so what do I do after I set the C3? // EVA: The bombs run off a timer. Once the timer has been set the countdown will begin. When the timer reaches zero the bombs will all go off at once. // Snake: How long do I have? // EVA: 20 minutes. Once the Phase 2 trials are finished I wouldn't be surprised if they kill all the scientists to prevent them from talking. So you've got to act fast!
  14. ^ a b c Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Kojima Productions (2006).
    Jonathan: Your mentor... the one who taught you the art of battle... Who was she? // Naked Snake (Big Boss): They called her The Boss. I killed her. // Jonathan: The Boss... The legendary soldier? Then Snake, you must be Big Boss. You're the hero who killed Colonel Volgin at Groznyj Grad.
  15. ^ Director's Commentary for Metal Gear Solid 3
  16. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    Ocelot: But... does this mean Granin was the spy? // Volgin: Perhaps he was being used by someone else. // Ocelot: Perhaps? This man was our comrade! // Volgin: Comrade or not, he is of no use to us now. // Ocelot: I don't approve of your methods! // Volgin: I don't need your approval. I'm in command here.
  17. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004).
    Volgin: Shoot him! (no response) Do you hear me! I said shoot him!! // Ocelot: Sorry Colonel. I'm afraid I can't do that. // Volgin: What do you mean, you can't? // Ocelot: I made a promise to The Boss. // Volgin: Silence! I am your commanding officer! // (Volgin fires several electric beams at Ocelot. Ocelot counters by firing at Volgin, deflecting the bullets and cancelling out each others attacks. Volgin collapses in exhaustion) // Volgin: Are you questioning my authority?
  18. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2004)
    Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin: Sorry for the delay. Let's get started, shall we? (sends an electrical charge to a control panel which causes the floor to descend) This is a once-in-a-lifetime battle! Let's make it a good one! (Volgin burns off his uniform and jumps down) It's just you [Naked Snake] and me now. And I'm going to enjoy this.
  19. ^ Metal Gear Solid 3 - The Official Guide, p.155, by PiggyBack Interactive (2005)
    "Volgin's goal is to free his home country [Soviet Union] from liberal politicians [Nikita Khrushchev], then take control."
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  22. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Kojima Productions (2006).
    Major Raikov: The Yankee who killed the Colonel at Groznyj Grad!
  23. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Kojima Productions (2006).
    Major Raikov: …You want me… to join the villain who killed the Colonel? Not a chance…
  24. ^ MGS3 CINEMA KOJIMA COMMENTARY. Muni Shinobu. Retrieved on 2013-07-21.
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  28. ^ a b
  29. ^
    "A KGB colonel, his code name in the West is "Thunderbolt." His body carries a constant electric charge which causes nearby firearms to explode."
    ―Yevgeny Borisovitch Volgin card description
  30. ^ [3]

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