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|“||I was young and... patriotic... when I first met Vladimir Makarov... Zakhaev never forgot what we did for him that day. Our reward was power, but power corrupts. Thousands of soul extinguished by the push of a button. This wasn't war. It was madness. I was a soldier of Russia, not a taker of innocent lives. But in his eyes, this marked me as the enemy.||„|
|~ Yuri explained to Price why he and Makarov know each other.|
Commander Yuri (Russian: Юрий) was a Russian Loyalist and the main playable character in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, as a unit character in Call of Duty: Heroes, and he also briefly appears in Modern Warfare Remastered, in "One Shot, One Kill", and Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered in "No Russian".
He was voiced by Brian Bloom, who also voices William "B.J." Blazkowicz in MachineGames' Wolfenstein series, and voiced Matt Horner in the StarCraft series, Adam "Kane" Marcus in the Kane & Lynch series, Jackie Estacado in The Darkness II, Alex Shepherd in Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer video game, Blackout in Skylanders, Keegan Russ in Call of Duty: Ghosts and Nick Reyes in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
|“||I know what you have done, Yuri. I know what you have told them. My friend. My ally. My betrayer. What happens here today, will change the world forever. Nothing can stop this. Not even you.||„|
|~ Makarov confronting Yuri before the airport massacre.|
Yuri was an ex-Spetsnaz operative who served in Nikolai's Loyalist Army, and was considered to be Nikolai's best man. He played an important role during the Ultranationalist crisis before, during, and after the Third World War, and was a member himself. He was in Pripyat when Imran Zakhaev was shot by Captain John Price, and was in the car with Makarov when they drove him away. In Modern Warfare Remastered, he can be briefly seen via Captain Price's scope and when Zakhaev goes to his and Makarov's vehicle.
After witnessing the deaths of thousands by Vladimir Makarov and Khaled Al-Asad setting off a bomb in the Middle East, Yuri realized that his friend was the enemy. He betrayed Makarov after he contacted FSB to stop Makarov, but was captured by the latter before the massacre at the Russian airport. Makarov then shot him in the stomach but he survived, and attempted to kill Makarov, but fell unconscious and was later rescued by a paramedic.
|“||Yuri. Ex-Spetsnaz. Only man I know who hates Makarov more than you.||„|
|~ Nikolai to Captain Price on who is his best man.|
Afterward, Yuri joined the Loyalists, and became one of Nikolai's best soldiers, and was known for having a hatred for Makarov. He later joined Captain Price in taking down Makarov, being aided alongside Captain "Soap" MacTavish until his death in "Blood Brothers". Yuri and Price would later go to Makarov's castle to learn where the Russian President, being successful. Later, he would help Delta Force team Metal to rescue the Russian President, but the delta force operatives would perish.
|“||Leave me! Don't let him get away!||„|
|~ Yuri's last words in the game.|
After ending the Third World War, Price and Yuri then stormed a hotel (which Price deduced as being where Makarov was hiding) and was eventually impaled by a piece of steel after the restaurant deck of the hotel was destroyed an attack chopper. Yuri then told Price to continue after Makarov. Price hijacks Makarov's chopper, only for it to crash and allow Makarov to gain the upper hand.
Just as he was about to kill Price, Yuri appeared and shot Makarov but due to Yuri's weakened state he missed. Makarov turning on Yuri, shooting both of his shoulders and killing him with a shot to the head, but Yuri's efforts bought Price enough time to kill the terrorist once and for all.
- He shares Kamarov's character model in "Persona Non Grata" when the player controls the UGV.
- Killing Yuri in "One Shot, One Kill" will result in mission over and stating, "Friendly fire will not be tolerated".
- In Modern Warfare 2 Remastered Campaign, Yuri appeared as an Easter Egg as killing Yuri will also result your mission over and stating "Friendly fire will not be tolerated".
- Yuri's voice actor, Brian Bloom has voiced many characters in the Call of Duty series, having voiced Sergeant Guzzo in Call of Duty 3, Joe Miller in Call of Duty: World at War: Final Fronts, Keegan Russ in Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Nick Reyes in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.