- "Where I come from, we are driven by need, not by desire. You are alive because I need you."
- ―Viktor Skobel
Viktor is a former Russian statesman, an arms dealer, a financial businessman and a gang leader of the Thieves in Law. Viktor and his gang were key participants in the Gang War of 2004. In The Getaway, he is referred to as "some Russian geezer", who sold weapons to Charlie Jolson.
Character Description Edit
Who's Who Edit
A former Russian statesman, Viktor was driven out of Estonia in '92. Since then he has become an eminent figure in London's finance industry. He is a complex individual whose charming smile conceals a ruthless core. He has a passion for fine art, fine culture and fine women whom he treats like second-class citizens. A tattoo on his left hand hints at a less refined upbringing.
Viktor Skobel was born in Russia in 1955. As he grew up and became older, he got into politics and became a Russian statesman. He was a corrupt politician however and became associated with criminals.
In 1992, Viktor was driven out of Estonia. This is presumably because he got involved in illegal activity. Since 1992, Viktor started getting involved in arms dealing and began trafficking around Europe. He also did some time in prison around this period and upon being released, he got a tattoo on his hand. He had the tattoo placed on his left hand between his thumb and index finger. It is one of the most painful spots on the body to have a tattoo because it is so near to a bone. Viktor joked that the only anesthetic he had needed for dealing with the pain was from going to prison.
Early 2000's Edit
Upon being released from prison, Viktor got more and more into arms dealing. Prior to 2000, Viktor had visited and done business in London in the late 1990's and continued this into the early 2000's. He only properly settled down in the city in early 2004.
He became associated with a Russian gang known as the Thieves in Law, also referred to as simply, Russians. Members of the gang come from all over Eastern Europe and are desperate, ruthless people with nothing to lose. Viktor became highly respected within the gang, and would later take a branch of it to settle down in London. He made deals all over Europe in the late 1990's and early 2000's. His clients however were criminals, mainly gangs.
In 2002, Viktor continued to carry out arms deals in London whenever he visited. He mainly sold weapons to gangs and other criminals, not caring what the weapons would be used for. Viktor sold weapons in person to Charlie Jolson and the Bethnal Green Mob in the early 2000's. This can be confirmed by the fact that a member of the Bethnal Green Mob, Eyebrows, mentions in a mission that the gang bought an M79 grenade launcher off a "Russian geezer" and that they're hard to come by. Viktor is Russian, an arms dealer and had sold weapons in London pre 2004, so this is most definitely him. Viktor sold the M79 grenade launcher to Charlie around 2002, which would be used by Jake Jolson and Eyebrows to blow up a prison van and help fake Jake's death.
After Jolson's death and the downfall of the Bethnal Green Mob, the relationship between Viktor and Charlie ended, resulting in Viktor having to make new friendships and alliances within London. This would lead to Viktor moving permanently into London and doing business with Jamahl and the Yardies two years later.
By 2004, Viktor had moved away from arms dealing and was now more into organised crime. Viktor became a ruthless gang leader operating in London. Due to Charlie Jolson's demise in 2002, his newly formed gang, the Thieves in Law, was now the most powerful in London. Viktor was so rich and wealthy that he ran his own legitimate business and owned a very secure bank in the heart of the city. Due to his passion for fine art, he had a very valuable icon stored in his bank that contained real diamonds which were worth a fortune. He also owned a factory in Borough, a mansion in Mayfair, a boat along the River Thames, a bath house and a construction site. Viktor had made an alliance with another gang leader, Jamahl, and his gang, the Yardies. The two of them had become friends and Viktor had setup an arms deal with Jamahl at his factory. Jamahl was going to buy a load of weapons off Viktor for a lot of money. Viktor was also concerned with a journalist named Jackie Philips, who had been keeping an eye on the gangs illegal activity. As a result, his men had kidnapped her and taken her to the construction site to torture her for information.
Early one day, Danny West, a boxing coach, had hired a crew; Eddie O'Connor, a boxer, Sam Thompson, a nineteen year old computer hacker, Errol, a heavy weight trainer, Arthur, a safe cracker, and John, acting as the cleaner who would make off with the icon after the heist. They were working for Jimmer Collins, the new leader of the Collins gang and were instructed to steal some credit card codes from Viktor's bank. Danny was in trouble with debt and needed to pay back Jimmer. They also agreed to steal Viktor's icon as a cover up for stealing the codes. Eddie O'Connor led the assault on the bank and beat up the security guards working their. Sam got the credit card codes stored on her laptop while John took off with the icon. Unfortunately for them, the heist went wrong and they were captured. Sam and Errol managed to escape, but Eddie and Arthur were taken to the construction site. Viktor ordered Alexei, nicknamed the dentist, who was Viktor's right hand man, to carry out the torture of the two men responsible for the heist. Alexei killed Arthur and then left after he had found out the location of John, who they believed had the icon. Viktor gave Alexei instructions to return his icon to him at all costs. Eddie however managed to escape after Sam rescued him but Errol was killed during the rescue. Alexei went to John's place and killed him but couldn't find the icon. He told Viktor that Danny West was the man responsible for the bank heist.
Viktor headed over with his heavy Yuri Gorsoy, and other members of his gang to Danny's gym. Viktor then murdered Danny in cold blood, and also shot a kid called Sleeves, a friend of Eddie and Danny. His gang then murdered members of the Collins gang at the gym who had ordered Danny to do the job. They massacred a lot of gangsters and even killed Liam Spencer, and two other high ranking heavies, David Green and Savvy Jones. Jimmer however managed to escape. Eddie and Sam made their was back to the gym and Sam discovered Danny had been killed.
Later on, Viktor got a call from Alexei telling him that one of his men, Levi Stratov had been arrested. Viktor made a phone call and had him immediately released. The police however followed Levi to the construction site where they rescued journalist Jackie Philips who Viktor was having tortured there. Meanwhile, Eddie went after Jimmer Collins, believing he was responsible for Danny's murder, but Viktor had instructed Alexei and Yuri to take care of him and find the icon. Yuri killed Jimmer after Jimmer revealed Eddie probably had the icon. Eddie overheard this and realised Viktor had murdered Danny. Viktor meanwhile was with Jamahl at the factory in Borough, carrying out his arms deal which he'd been planning for some time. He also had Jackie Philips held hostage, after she had been returned to him, during a shooting at a safe house she had been kept in for protection. Viktor instructed Alexei to return to the bank and check Jamahl's deposit had been made successfully. Yuri returned to Viktor at the factory but Eddie followed him from a distance. Viktor met with Yuri and told him to take Jamahl downstairs while he phoned Alexei. Suddenly, Eddie put a gun to his head and threatened to kill him, but Nadya Prushnatova, one of Viktor's high ranking gang members, shot the gun out of Eddie's hand. Viktor had Eddie searched and retrieved his icon. He then ordered his men to kill Eddie, but suddenly, armed police showed up and broke up the deal. Viktor fled with Nadya to a truck outside and drove across London. Eddie however killed Yuri and chased after them. They drove back to Viktor's mansion, where Viktor retreated and ordered his men to kill Eddie. Eddie killed more of Viktor's men and chased him across the rooftops, where he then killed Nadya. Viktor fled to a parked car in his garage and phoned Alexei telling him Eddie was after him. Alexei told Viktor to lure him to the boat and they would deal with him. Viktor made a getaway with an armed escort, but Eddie was still chasing him. He fled to his boat at the River Thames and got on board. The boat took off, but Eddie managed to get on the boat by jumping off a bridge further down the river. Eddie battled his way through the ship and killed Alexei, he then confronted Viktor on the upper deck.
Based on a decision made earlier as to whether Eddie would help Sam or not, Viktor will either held Sam hostage with a harpoon gun, or he will point the gun at Eddie. Viktor explains that where he comes from, he's driven by need not by desire, and he needs Eddie alive in order to escape from the police who are right behind him. Suddenly Eddie attacks Viktor and the two of them tumble onto the front of the boat and engage in a fist fight. The boat crashes and Eddie is knocked out. Viktor flees into the nearby pump house with his men. If Viktor had held Sam hostage earlier, he retreats upstairs into the pumphouse and then throws Sam to her death over a railing. If not, he retreats into the pumphouse with Eddie chasing after him. They engage in a shootout and Viktor runs up to the top floor of the pumphouse where he battles Eddie face to face. After a shootout, Viktor is killed in the game finale. Viktor falls backwards and drops his icon and the diamonds shatter to pieces across the floor. Eddie then escapes having carried out revenge for his friends' murder.
On the surface, Viktor looks like a successful businessman. In reality, Viktor is an evil, ruthless and scheming man. Viktor enjoyes fine art, fine culture and fine women, although he looks down on women. His girlfriend Zara accompanies him most of the time but never speaks. presumably out of fear of offending Viktor. Viktor was personally responsible for the murder of Danny West at his gymnasium which was witnesses by Jimmer Collins and Yuri Gorsoy. He even let his gang kill a nine year old boy called Sleeves, although it is likely he killed the boy himself.
Murders Committed by Viktor SkobelEdit
- Danny West - Killed in between "Cons and Icons" and "The Wake of the Shoreditch Massacre" for being responsible for the heist at Viktor's bank.
- Sleeves - Killed in between "Cons and Icons" and "The Wake of the Shoreditch Massacre" for being in the gym at the time of the murder of Danny West.
- Sam Thompson - Killed in "The Fall of an Icon" for being part of the crew that stole Viktor's icon. She is always killed by Viktor if Eddie didn't help her in "Return to the Scene of the Crime".
- Aiding and Abetting (mentioned)
The Getaway: Black MondayEdit
- Finding Miss Philips
- Desperate Measures
- Codes of Honour
- Jimmer Collins
- Your Man with the Tattoo
- The Vor
- Paying Favours
- Beginning of the End
- The Fall of an Icon (killed)
- It is highly likely that Viktor Skobel made arms deals with Charlie Jolson and the Bethnal Green Mob pre 2002. The reason for this is that there is a possible reference to Viktor Skobel in The Getaway, in the mission, Aiding and Abetting. This is evident when Eyebrows gives Jake a grenade launcher to blow up the prison van he just broke free from. After Jake fires a grenade and destroys the van, he asks Eyebrows if he has anymore grenades. Eyebrows then replies: "No, we got that off some 'Russian geezer'. The pineapples are hard to come by." This 'Russian geezer' could have been Viktor Skobel. Although it is never confirmed, Viktor is an arms dealer and would have presumably sold guns to other gangs and done business in London pre 2004 so this is in fact most likely him. If true, it means Viktor was associated with Charlie Jolson and even met him in person at an arms deal, meaning the two were allies and therefore friends. In addition, Eyebrows also would have met Viktor, even though he didn't know his name personally, he was aware that the man who supplied the gang with weapons was Russian.
- Unlike Charlie Jolson, Viktor is willing to taking part in combat and drive himself about.
- Viktor becomes a playable Free Roaming character after you have completed the last mission in the game, The Fall of an Icon. He starts off outside his bank in the city and in the same car he flees from Eddie in.