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Allow me to introduce myself. I am Pavel. Helmsman first class, also chief engineer, gunner... radar technician and cook, huh.
— Pavel introducing himself to the player.

Pavel (Russian: Павел) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series who appears in Grand Theft Auto Online as the deuteragonist of The Cayo Perico Heist update.


I was about to get involved in some serious geopolitical bullshit... but who wants to get stuck on the bottom of the ocean... with three IAA agents and... angry blogger?
— Pavel

Pavel is a Russian sailor working on the Kosatka submarine, which had been modified and converted to allow it to be operated by a crew of one; as such, he is responsible for almost every role onboard, from engineering, maintenance, and gunnery to being the ship's cook.

Prior to working with the player, Pavel was a Russian Navy sailor, having made several friends within the Navy and other branches of the Russian military. It is unknown when Pavel left the Navy for the criminal underworld, but it may have been in his late 20s, and it supposedly occurred after a discussion with his former captain. Pavel was active in Russia's post-Soviet era of the 1990s, but is unable to recall his activities as that time was "a hell of a drug."

After Pavel left the Navy, he had been running jobs for the Madrazo Cartel using the Kosatka, and was about to work with the IAA. He was making easy money (presumably smuggling) on the Brazil to West Africa trans-Atlantic route. Before that, he claims to have faked a sailing accident for the Governor of Liberty State, visited the North Pole, liberated sensitive documents for the Canadian government, worked with an unnamed American private military company on an operation that affected him to the point that he "swore [he] would never leave [his] submarine again", abducted the CEO of Lombank on a cruise ship near Cayo Perico,[10] and spent a summer in a torture cage after trifling with the Welsh.[11] At some unknown point in time, Pavel also encountered the Loch Santos Monster and became friends with the creature in the process.

Events of Grand Theft Auto Online[]

The Cayo Perico Heist[]

I will be lurking in the deep like post-Soviet kraken... telling you what to do on the radio.
— Pavel explaining his role in the heist.

In late 2020, Miguel Madrazo contacts the protagonist and enlists them to purchase the submarine in order to plan The Cayo Perico Heist.

Pavel is first seen when the player enters the Kosatka. Climbing down from the sail hatch, Pavel is heard in the distance singing "The Song of the Volga Boatmen" while working near the Sparrow storage pad in the Moon Pool. Warning the Protagonist to not touch anything just as they're peering at some meters, he guides them towards his voice. He will introduce the player to the Kosatka's primary features and explain the plans and preparations formulated by Miguel Madrazo. He also explains some of his background and prior jobs while touring the player before returning to his duties elsewhere on the Kosatka.

Once the player initiates the scouting phase of the Cayo Perico Heist, Pavel will give instruction and conversation to the player through radio communications.

After arriving to the island and sneaking past El Rubio's guards, he will relay the basic key locations the player must find, and take pictures of, in order to progress. Using satellite imaging and camera footage, Pavel will inspect and explain possible points of interests as well as various routes and items that may be of value to the player. He will also talk about miscellaneous locations such as the graveyard if the player takes pictures of them.

Pavel will continue to give important information, details as well as additional dialogue throughout the heist prep and finale.

My God... They just keep getting younger and dumber.
— Pavel on Miguel Madrazo

When the finale begins for the Cayo Perico Heist, Pavel is frustrated from the nuances between screens and buttons before he begins to brief the player but is interrupted by the arrival of Miguel Madrazo who came to remind the player of their objective to steal the files. Miguel proceeds to give a sort of pep talk and tries to cheer for the player/s, only to turn the conversation into awkward silence before leaving for the Music Locker. Pavel and the player is astonished at Miguel's conduct before he sends the player off to the heist.

He is not seen in the ending cutscene for the Cayo Perico Heist but continues to happily work for the player and continues to support them as they continue to do more heists at Juan Strickler's compound.

The Contract[]

Hey, do you know some crazy ass Russian dude? Some guy got passed through my office talking about some caviars and submarines and shit. Said he knew you, something about wanting to take another trip to the Caribbean.
Franklin Clinton to the GTA Online Protagonist about Pavel's visit.

While Pavel doesn't physically appear in The Contract update, he is briefly mentioned by Franklin Clinton at F. Clinton and Partner. Despite swearing that "he would never leave the Kosatka submarine again", he visits Franklin and GTA Online Protagonist's Agency (offscreen) in 2021.

Franklin claims he went through his office saying he knows the GTA Online Protagonist, talking about "caviars and submarines" and asking when the protagonist is going to take "another trip to the Caribbean", confirming they are still occassionally robbing El Rubio's Compound to this date.

Meta Dialogue[]

Much of Pavel's dialog is quite 'meta' and sometimes borders on breaking the fourth wall.

  • "Have you ever tried shooting the missiles at the people on the flying bikes? Great sport here in America." is a reference to players who use both the Oppressor and Oppressor Mk II to harass other players during free roam sessions and business activities.

Mission Appearances[]

Grand Theft Auto Online[]

The Cayo Perico Heist[]

Services (GTA Online)[]

Pavel is unlocked as a phone contact after purchasing the Kosatka.

Service GTA Online Description In-Game Effect Cost Level Requirement
Cancel The cayo Perico Heist Cancel your current progress on The Cayo Perico Heist Players can cancel their currently active Cayo Perico Heist. FREE 0



  • The text on Pavel's shirt reads "В тихом омуте черти водятся" (It's the quiet whirlpool that keeps the Devil). This is a Russian proverb, that when translated correctly means "it's the quiet one you've got to watch".
  • Many of Pavel's lines consist of fictional Russian sayings that tend to be unusually specific to the player's actions (e.g. "As we say in Russia, you can be accurate, or you can shit your pants. Not both.", in reference to Cutting Powder).
  • Occasionally, when entering the Kosatka, Pavel may say lines that imply the player has just returned from scoping Cayo Perico or is just starting the heist (e.g. "Now to business! Come over to the screen, and I will give you the tour!"), even if the player has completed the heist numerous times beforehand.


  1. So, we are to do clandestine operation to steal an exotic booze? My father would be so proud.
    — Pavel inside the Kosatka if the current Heist target is the Sinsimito Tequila.
  2. You know the only diamond bigger than this? The one on my ex-wife's finger. You steal that back, then I am impressed
    — Pavel after the protagonist steals the Pink Diamond in The Cayo Perico Heist.
  3. You know, my auntie Anna used to travel fifty miles to work on a forklift just like this. Not useful, but test of a character.
    — Pavel after the player sends him the construction site photo in Heist Prep: Gather Intel
  4. That was a long swim, no? Reminds me of my auntie Nonna... every year she would visit Canada in this way.
    — Pavel to the player when caught by the helicopter, washing up on Vespucci Beach.
  5. Ah, a charming little campsite. Reminds me of my cousin Leo's place. Not so useful for us.
    — Pavel after the player sends him the campsite photo in Heist Prep: Gather Intel
  6. As my uncle Vasily would say, do not fear the wolf...
    — Pavel
  7. Did I ever tell you about my friend Sergei? Spetsnaz. Created new tactical approach method, the Russian word means "valiant jump from cliff". I keep part of his skull under my hat for luck.
    — Pavel if player is close to the clifftop balcony in El Rubio's Compound during the heist finale
  8. Did I ever tell you the story of how a humble junior helmsman in Russian navy became the greatest operational planner in western underworld?... It was on that day my friend Vasily, he turned to me, he said, "Pavel, we are not paid enough for this". This was before the incident with the cluster munitions, of course, so Vasily still had his sense of humor. I looked right into his glass eye and I said....
    — Pavel during a random conversation in a heist prep mission
  9. Brandon Beilis's official website
    Brandon Beilis's LinkedIn profile
    Brandon Beilis VO Reel 2021 (from his official YouTube channel)
  10. ...Years ago, I was abducting CEO of Lombank from cruise ship not so far from here, and...
    — Pavel after the player sends him the beached whale photo in Heist Prep: Gather Intel
  11. ...I once spent a whole summer in one of these. Let me tell you, the Welsh are a people not to be trifled with.
    — Pavel after the player sends him the torture cage photo in Heist Prep: Gather Intel


[ ve ]Characters in Grand Theft Auto Online
ProtagonistOnline Player
Original version updates
(PS3 and Xbox 360)
Main charactersLamar Davis | Gerald | Simeon Yetarian | Ron Jakowski | Trevor Philips | Lester Crest | Martin Madrazo
Minor charactersAnna | Big T | Brucie Kibbutz | Chantelle | Chef | Cris Formage | Daily Globe Editor | Dom Beasley | Donna | El Estupido | Garage Mechanic | Gustavo | Hao | JT Boyd | Janet | Jolene Cranley-Evans | Joyrider | Juan | Leroy | Little T | Madrazo Witness | Melvin | Mugger | Mushroom Hank | Raul | Small F | Stanley | The Boss (Families) | The Boss (Professionals) | The Boss (Marabunta Grande) | District Attorney | The Madrazo Trial Judge | Vasquez | Chastity | Cheetah | Fufu | Infernus | Juliet | Nikki | Peach | Sapphire | Ponsonbys Manager | Merryweather Helicopter Pilot | Merryweather Boat Driver | Vagos Gang Leader
Radio station characters
Radio hostsBig Boy | Bootsy Collins | Cara Delevingne | Camilo Lara | Don Cheto | DJ Pooh | Gilles Peterson | Flying Lotus | Jesco White | Keith Morris | Kenny Loggins | Mama G | Lee "Scratch" Perry | Nate Williams | Stephen Pope | Soulwax / 2manydjs | Twin Shadow | Chermical Bro | Doctor No
Radio guestsMNDR | Eddie | Earl Sweatshirt | Aloe Blacc | Tunde Adebimpe | MC Eiht | Jermaine Renegade | King Avriel
Talk Show hosts
(& assistants)
Michele Makes | Lazlow Jones | Fernando Martinez | Jo | Ron Jakowski | Duane Earl | Bobby June | Ray De Angelo Harris | Cheryl Fawkes
Talk Show guestsSue Murry | Ricky | Jock Cranley | Samantha Muldoon | Brother Adrian
TV Show characters
TV Show hosts
(& assistants)
Lazlow Jones | Hugh Harrison | Anita Mendoza | Imran Shinowa | Steve Haines | Rufus Bellows | Jack Howitzer | Ho Chi Sock
TV Show guestsWilliam Angio | Tracey De Santa
Movie characters
ActorsMilton McIlroy | John Cohn | Theodore Bickford | Charlie Fleming | Chippy | Leo Hornstein
Main charactersLester Crest | Agent 14 | Karen Daniels | Trevor Philips | Ron Jakowski
Minor charactersMaxim Rashkovsky | Josh Sherman | Gavin Van Der Loop | Dima Popov | Avi Schwartzman | Eddie Toh | Gusset | Paige Harris | Phil | Navy Officer
Radio DJsCliff Lane | Andee
Main charactersLamar Davis | Gerald
Minor charactersBenny | Vernon | Mateo Brothers | Little Al | Edgar Carlos | Jose Carlos | Pedro Carlos | Janet | Unnamed Korean buyer | Wallis
Executives and
Other Criminals
Brendan Darcy | Yacht Bartender
Further Adventures
in Finance and
Executive Assistant
Main charactersLJT | Malc
Minor charactersAl Carter | Sindy | Zach Nelson
Import/ExportExecutive Assistant | Office Mechanic | Unnamed Street Race Owner | Warehouse Mechanic
Main charactersAgent 14
Minor charactersChester McCoy | Rogue Agent
Smuggler's Run
Main charactersRon Jakowski
Minor charactersCharlie Reed
Radio guestsSophia Bowles-Carmichael
The Doomsday Heist
Main charactersLester Crest | Agent 14 | Phoenicia Rackman | Avon Hertz | Cliffford
Minor charactersBogdan | Agent ULP | Chester McCoy | Facility Receptionist
Radio DJsFrank Ocean
After Hours
Main charactersTony Prince | Lazlow Jones | English Dave | Paige Harris
Minor charactersArt Student | Buyer's Associate | Connie | Daniel Schoeps | Jewelry Store Clerk | Jimmy Boston | Kerry McIntosh | Lacey Jonas | Maude Eccles | Miranda Cowan | Poppy Mitchell | Simeon Yetarian | The Lost Girl | Tyler Dixon | Yohan Blair
Residency/Radio DJsSolomun | Dixon | Tale Of Us | The Black Madonna | Donna Frank
DJ FriendsDaniel Schoeps | Jakob Grunert | Fotios Karamanidis | DJ RobT | DJ Mike | Dixon's Manager | Aurelia S. Ortiz | Ignazio | Rupert Murray | Ryan Hambsch | Ryan Smith
Arena War
Main charactersAlan Jerome | Bryony
Minor charactersJock Cranley | Violet Jordan | Sacha Yetarian | Peter
Premium Deluxe Repo WorkSimeon Yetarian
The Diamond
Casino & Resort
Main charactersAgatha Baker | Avery Duggan | Brucie Kibbutz | Tao Cheng | Tao Cheng's Translator | Thornton Duggan | Tom Connors | Vincent Effenburger
Minor charactersDebbie | Josephine | Felipe | Gabriel | Vince | Blane | Curtis | Caleb | Beth | Eileen | Ushi | Lauren | Taylor | Carol | Dean | Corrupt Judge
The Diamond
Casino Heist
Main charactersLester Crest | Georgina Cheng | Huang
Minor charactersJimmy De Santa | Wendy | Zhao | Pansy | Agatha Baker | Tom Connors | Vincent Effenburger | Brucie Kibbutz | Yung Ancestor | Debbie | Josephine | Felipe | Casino Vault Guard | Los Santos Slasher
Heist Crew MembersAvi Schwartzman | Charlie Reed | Christian Feltz | Chester McCoy | Eddie Toh | Gustavo Mota | Karl Abolaji | Karim Denz | Paige Harris | Patrick McReary | Rickie Lukens | Taliana Martinez | Yohan Blair | Zach Nelson
Last Play
Gerald | The Boss (Marabunta Grande) | The Boss (Los Santos Triads)
Radio DJsDanny Brown | Skepta
Los Santos Summer Special
Main charactersBrendan Darcy
Minor charactersSolomon Richards | The Boss (Kkangpae) | Tom Connors | Yacht Bartender | John Doe
The Cayo Perico Heist
Main charactersMiguel Madrazo | Juan Strickler | English Dave | Pavel
Minor charactersPatricia Madrazo | Jackie | Kaylee | Enrique | Jorge | Josephine | Gustavo | Tom Connors | VIP Charter Jets Pilot | Beach Party Coordinator | Head of Cayo Perico Security | Pernell Moss | Evan | Unnamed Party Girl | Unnamed Party Girl's Friend | Sleeping Guard
Heist Crew MembersCharlie Reed | Viktor Sokolov | Rooster McCraw | Paige Harris | Unnamed heist crew member (heavy weapons supply drop) | Unnamed heist crew member (weapon stash)
Residency DJsMoodymann | Palms Trax | Keinemusik
Celebrity cameosDJ Pooh | Dr. Dre | Jimmy Iovine | Scott Storch
Radio DJsJoy Orbison | Julian Casablancas | Zachary | Mac DeMarco | Tony Mac | Tierra Whack
Los Santos Tuners
Main charactersSessanta | Kenny "KDJ" Dixon Jr. | Mimi | Hao
Minor charactersLil' Dee | Race Organizer | LSCM Tattooist | Benny | Corrupt IAA Agent | Crystal Vape Dealer | Jorge | Corrupt Union Depository Businessman | Union Depository Bank Manager
Contract ClientsAvi Schwartzman | Miguel Madrazo | Unnamed Korean client | Unnamed Armenian client | Chef | Unnamed FIB client
The Contract
Main charactersFranklin Clinton | Lamar Davis | Imani | Dr. Dre | Chop | Johnny Guns
Minor charactersDJ Pooh | Anderson .Paak | Jimmy Iovine | Lola Romero | Requisitions Officer | Agency Security Guard | Agency Receptionist | Agency Mechanic | Agency SUV Driver |Vernon | P | Eugene | Raymond | Club Promoter | Ben Brooks | Ben Brooks' Lawyer | North Side Vagos leader | Harvey Molina | Jimmy Boston | Marnie Allen | The Arms Dealer | The bitterSweet Cofounder | The Gold Coast Development CEO | The Importer | The Judge | The Lawyer | The Protected Person | The Tech Entrepreneur | The Trendy Millionaire | Unnamed Party Girl | Vagos Driver
Radio DJsROSALÍA | Arca
Radio guestsSnoop Dogg | Ice Cube | Mr. Fingers | Caroline Polachek | Daddy Yankee | Aventura
The Criminal Enterprises
Main charactersAgent ULP | Mason Duggan | Agent 14 | Executive Assistant | Tony Prince | Malc
Minor charactersAgent Johnson | Lupe | Warehouse Staff | Yohan Blair | Marcel | Zach Nelson | Sindy | Simeon Yetarian | Lamar Davis | Omega
Los Santos Drug Wars
Main charactersDax | Labrat | Mutt | Luchadora | Isiah Friedlander | Ron Jakowski
Minor charactersAmeer | Chef | Gerald | Gun Van Seller | Haylee | Hippy Boss | Jesse | Joscha | Street Dealers | Tiana
San Andreas Mercenaries
Main charactersCharlie Reed | Rooster McCraw | Pernell Moss | Avi Schwartzman
Minor charactersRon Jakowski | Fort Zancudo Colonel | Lloyd | Armored Gunner | Unnamed Smuggler | Unnamed Weazel News Journalist | LJT | Agent 14 | Mutt | Ghosts | Johnny Klebitz
The Chop Shop
Main charactersYusuf Amir | Jamal Amir | Vincent Effenburger
Minor charactersSalvage Yard Staff | King Tiny | Hao | La'oub Princess Air Support Pilot | La'oub Princess Captain | Skylift Pilot | Felipe | Casino Vault Guard | Tony McTony's Head of Security | Ahron Ward | Jimmy De Santa | Jorge | Jaywalker | DJ Pooh | Tanner | Yeti
Even the Score Mixtape
GuestsSnoop Dogg | Franklin Clinton | Lamar Davis
Bottom Dollar Bounties
Main charactersJenette Eccles | Maude Eccles | Vincent Effenburger | Martin Madrazo
Minor charactersMurph | Bail Office Staff | Jorge | Unnamed Armenian Loan Shark
Bail Jumpers
Most Wanted BountiesGrace Whitney | Chaz Lieberman | Leroy O'Neil | Brock Thompson | Cleo Song | Omar Garcia
Standard BountiesAngel Kenney | Beau Duggan | Bill Duggan | Brigitte Foster | Colby Wright | Cook Kenzie | Hunter Duggan | India Wood | Jalen Kennedy | LJ Ha | Lil Prince | Marquel Green | Ricky Ji | Rylee Rose | Sabrina Gray | Serenity Pierce | Tommy Lim | Xavier Fremond
Other charactersZombies | Ludendorff Cop | Dom Beasley
Mentioned charactersAbdul Amir | Anna | Ashley Butler | Al Di Napoli | Cloe Parker | Devin Weston | Denise Clinton | DJ Playlist | Don Percival | Elwood O'Neil | Esteban Jimenez | Jay Norris | Joe Lawton | Keith Collins | Kyle Chavis | Leo | Luis Fernando Lopez | Mark Fostenburg | MC Clip | Michael De Santa | Molly Schultz | Mr. Cheng | Nonna | Niko Bellic | Perlie | Ronnie Bonelli | Samantha Muldoon | Sergei | Tanisha Clinton | Terry Thorpe | Tony McTony | Tonya Wiggins | "Uncle" Amir | Vlad | Vasily | Vasily (Russian Navy) | Wade Hebert
Non-canon charactersSpecial Dad (John Marston | Claude | Niko Bellic (as a Dad)) | Special Mom (Misty)
Cut charactersHarold "Stretch" Joseph | Melvin Andrews | Joseph Whites | Jaywalker
† denotes Deceased, Italics denotes a status determined by the player's choice