Dimitri Rascalov (Russian: Дмитрий Раскалoв) is the 39-year old main antagonist in Grand Theft Auto IV, and a major character throughout the game. He begins the game as the second-in-command of the Faustin Bratva, also known as simply the Russian Mafia.

Moti Margolin provides the voice of Dimitri.


Dimitri was the best friend and second-in-command of Mikhail Faustin. The two met each other while serving in the Soviet Army during the Cold War, and eventually spent time in a Siberian prison together. The two were "closer than brothers", according to Mikhail; following the move to Liberty City, however, Mikhail became an alcoholic and cocaine addict, and no longer heeded Dimitri's advice. Dimitri himself developed an addiction to painkillers.

Volatile and paranoid, Mikhail would have people killed on a whim or out of spite and favored murder as the solution to most problems; Dimitri, by contrast, was more of a businessman, willing to use reason and non-lethal methods if such an approach would be more profitable. Dimitri warned Mikhail that their operation should keep a low profile and that they should "play by the rules", but Mikhail would not listen; his intemperance eventually led to bad terms with Kenny Petrovic, after Mikhail had Lenny Petrovic murdered on the mere suspicion of betrayal.

Dimitri cut a side deal with Kenny Petrovic to save his own life — in exchange for the murder of Mikhail; Dimitri would live, and continue the operation in Mikhail's place without interference from Petrovic. Dimitri hired Niko Bellic to kill Mikhail — Petrovic allegedly requested that Niko kill Mikhail as atonement for his prior killing of Lenny.

With Mikhail dead, Dimitri took over the Faustin organization, and became partners with another powerful gangster, the European Ray Bulgarin. Once it was discovered that Bulgarin held a grudge against Niko, Dimitri lured the latter into an ambush; Niko escaped with the aid of his friend "Little" Jacob Hughes, but failed to kill Dimitri or Bulgarin -- both would continue to pursue Niko from then on.

Dimitri put out a contract on Niko and his cousin, Roman Bellic. Their apartment in Hove Beach was burned down, as was Roman's taxi depot; the two were forced to flee to Bohan to escape the attention of the Russian underworld. Dimitri would be seen again throughout the course of the story, at one point successfully finding and kidnapping Roman after his gambling habit lured him back to Broker. Niko mounted a successful rescue of Roman; he would next encounter Dimitri's deputies when the Russian Mafia attempted to extort deputy mayor Bryce Dawkins over his gay affair with Niko's friend Bernie Crane. Later, mob boss Jon Gravelli revealed that Dimitri had made an alliance with the Ancelotti Family, and was attempting to seize control of activities usually conducted by the Italian Mafia; he also spoke of Dimitri's involvement in cocaine imports, a matter of grave concern to United Liberty Paper's anonymous representative.

Relationship with Mikhail Faustin

Dimitri and Mikhail Faustin have twin tattoos on the palms of their hands, meaning "brothers for life" according to Mikhail. Dimitri appears to have become "the brains" of the Russian operation, Mikhail's cocaine addiction having eroded his business sense; eventually Mikhail's rashness risks the lives of himself, Dimitri and Niko, and Dimitri conspires to kill him with Niko's help (see The Master and the Molotov). At the Perestroika cabaret club, Niko ambushes Mikhail, killing his entourage and confronting him on the roof; Mikhail warns that Dimitri is treacherous, and will betray Niko just as he has betrayed Mikhail; Niko ignores this and shoots Mikhail dead. Although Dimitri's motives were obvious here, Mikhail's prediction turns out to be true when Dimitri allies with a hater of Niko, Ray Bulgarin.


Towards the conclusion of the story, Dimitri becomes involved in a heroin distribution ring with the Pegorino Family, for whom Niko is working at the time. Jimmy Pegorino asks Niko to be his representative; the player can choose to conduct the deal as Jimmy wishes, thus gaining a sizable cash reward, or to ambush and kill Dimitri, taking revenge.

If the player decides upon the Revenge path, Niko finds and kills Dimitri aboard the ship Platypus, the very ship which transported Niko to America. In which Niko, after phoning Roman, states: 'It ended where it started'. After calling Roman, Niko gets a phone call (or can call) Phil Bell who says he understands why he made the decision to kill Dimitri stating he himself didn't trust him. He also says that Dimitri's death ruined the business deal Pegorino, and Dimitri set up, and that he and Niko can't talk anymore. The next day at Roman's wedding Niko finds that Phil was correct when Pegorino personally attempted to kill Niko for killing Dimitri. Though he doesn't hit Niko, he accidentally kills Kate McReary, a love interest of Niko. Niko later kills Pegorino on Happiness Island after him, Little Jacob, and Roman chase him from an abandoned Alderney casino.

If the player decides to do business with Dimitri, then Niko and Pegorino ally Phil Bell oversee the deal; Dimitri phones Niko, telling him that he is happy to work with the latter again, but that he has killed the people who were supposed to take part in the deal. Niko pledges to come after Dimitri later; he and Phil ambush the warehouse and steal the money. Later, at Roman's wedding, Dimitri sends an assassin to kill Niko fearing retaliation from him; when Niko struggles with him, the assassin accidentally shoots Roman dead instead. Outraged at his cousin's death, Niko and Little Jacob track Pegorino (now allying with Dimitri) and Dimitri down to an abandoned casino; Niko then sees Dimitri kill Jimmy out of mere greed, betraying yet another business partner. Dimitri escapes in a helicopter; Niko and Jacob pursue him in an Annihilator, and both choppers crash on Happiness Island. Niko fights his way through the last of Dimitri's henchmen, and confronts him near the Statue of Happiness. After shooting him down, he says his most famous line "Welcome to America!" to Dimitri who then succumbs to his injuries and dies; his death is later announced on Weazel News.

Mission appearances


LCPD database record

Surname: Rascalov

First Name: Dimitri

Age: 39

Place of Birth: Russia


  • Known associate of Mikhail Faustin.
  • Linked to Russian Organized Crime Syndicates throughout Liberty City.

Criminal Record:

  • 1998 - Extortion
  • 2000 - Hijacking


  • Prior murder convictions in Russia.
  • Exploited a loophole in the immigration treaty to gain US residency in the mid 90s.
  • Believed to be the right hand man of Mikhail Faustin, the Russian national in control of organized crime in the Hove Beach area.
  • Reported dealings with Russian mobster Kenny Petrovic and members of the Ancelotti Crime Syndicate.


  • Dimitri is a Russian name, but not spelled correctly. A more exact transcription for the name is Dmitri or Dmitry. This mistake may be due to Rockstar's poor knowledge of most non-English languages or it may be due to out of story reasons.
  • During the game's final battle in A Revenger's Tragedy, Dimitri has 100% body armor as well as 200% health, allowing him to sustain about 3 times as much damage as a standard enemy. He is also armed with a Carbine Rifle. If the Revenge path is chosen, he will not have the extra health and only have a Sub Machine Gun that he does not use.
  • Like many other characters, Dimitri features distinctive models for cutscenes and in-game sequences. However, Dimitri's in-game model is inconsistent with that of the cutscenes in that his tie is been fused with his shirt and textured to match its color, when cutscenes depict his tie in pink and capable of swinging in motion. Despite these differences, the shape of the "fused" tie can still be seen on Dimitri's in-game model, particularly during "A Dish Served Cold". After Niko has executed Dimitri in this mission however, the tie does not appear on Dimitri's corpse. The frame of his glasses is also different: Black in cutscenes and yellow in-game.
  • Dimitri's cousin was a girlfriend of Lenny Petrovic before his death. This is probably the reason why Dimitri could make a deal with Kenny Petrovic after Mikhail Faustin's hit.
  • As the story progresses, a Weazel News report on the radio will say that Russian businessman Dimitri Rascalov was held by police but released without charges though this event has nothing to do with the story. Although it does show that the police suspect him or know what he's up to and that he knows how to cover his tracks.
  • If the Revenge option is taken, Dimitri, along with Vinnie, is the only antagonist not to be killed in the final mission.
  • Dimitri, like Massimo Torini is one of the two main antagonists of the entire GTA series who is not seen in the introduction cutscene for their respective game.
  • Dimitri seems to have become very powerful after taking control of Faustin's gang as he has managed to set up numerous drug operations in Charge Island and Alderney and has become a serious problem for various powerful criminals and politicians, such as Jon Gravelli, Bobby Jefferson and Bryce Dawkins.
  • Dimitri was probably born or lived in Moscow, as he says in "Do You Have Protection?": "...Or selling hash to tourists at Red Square."


Murders committed

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