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Viktor Petrov

Played by: Lars Mikkelsen in House of Cards

Petrov served as a soldier in the Soviet Army, spending a year deployed in Afghanistan. During his deployment he was shot twice by a member of the Mujahideen, but was able to kill the soldier with his rifle's bayonet. He later served as an agent with the KGB during the years of the Soviet Union, before entering politics after the fall of the USSR. It is suggested he has been in power before 2012, as he mentions that President Frank Underwood is the third President of the United States to hold office during his tenure