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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, and spent a summer in a torture cage after trifling with the Welsh.
Events of GTA Online
— Pavel explaining his role in the 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.
— 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.
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.
Grand Theft Auto Online
The Cayo Perico Heist
- Kosatka introduction cutscene
- Heist Prep: Gather Intel (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Kosatka (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Alkonost (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Pilot (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Velum (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Stealth helicopter (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Patrol Boat (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Longfin (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Safe Code (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Plasma Cutter (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Fingerprint Cloner (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Cutting Torch (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Demolition Charges (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Unmarked Weapons (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Disrupt Weapons (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Disrupt Armor (Voice/Boss)
- Heist Prep: Disrupt Air Support (Voice/Boss)
- The Cayo Perico Heist (Voice/Boss in subsequent playthroughs)
- 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.