Characters: Command & Conquer: Red Alert

This page is for characters who appeared in Red Alert and its expansions. For Tanya and Einstein, see Command And Conquer Red Alert Series Factions And Characters.


General Gunter Von Esling

Played by Arthur Roberts

Affiliation: Allies
Rank: General
Role: Supreme Commander of Allied forces

A stoic, exemplary German military officer, Von Esling is the commander of the entire Allied military junta established to defeat the Soviet aggression. He is a responsible, dedicated commander. His second in command is Nikos Stavros, alongside Field Commander A9, the executor of the most important battle plans.

General Nikos Stavros

Played by Barry Kramer

Affiliation: Allies
Rank: General
Role: Second in Command of Allied Forces

Hailing from Greece, Stavros is a very patriotic soldier, caring deeply about his country. He's also very competent, giving vital advice to both his superior and subordinates. He is also a good friend of Esling. When Greece was taken by Stalin's jackboot, Stavros was deeply affected by this Allied defeat. He manages to recover, but still harbors deep hatred toward the Soviets.
  • Berserk Button: The invasion and destruction of his home country of Greece makes Stavros a bit tense.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Greece is invaded. He recovers after some time.
  • It's Personal: After the fall of Greece, he is determined to see the Soviet Union and/or Stalin fall.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: When Allied forces find Stalin buried in some rubble, Stavros stuffs a rag in his mouth then moves a stone over his face so no one can see him.


Joseph Stalin

Played by Gene Dynarski

Affiliation: USSR
Rank: Chairman of the Council of People's Kommissars of the USSR (Premier of the Soviet Union),Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Role: De facto party leader and the dictator of USSR

"When you kill one man, it is a tragedy. When you kill ten million, it is a statistic."

Sometime in the mid-to-late 1920s, Stalin came to power as the leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. In the years that followed, he began putting in motion plans for the expansion of Soviet Communism across the world. After Einstein removes Hitler, meaning Nazi Germany is not in his way, Stalin finds that Europe is ripe for the picking and begins a campaign to claim the continent for the Soviet Union. He chooses a capable field commander to take the fight to the Allies all the way up to London. Ambitious in his designs, he has little use for failures and even less patience for traitors.

Nadia Zelenkov

Played by Andrea (C.) Robinson

Affiliation: USSR
Rank: Director of the NKVD
Role: Aide to Stalin

"You please Stalin. See that you do not disappoint him."

A ruthless and calculating woman, Nadia rose through the ranks of the Soviet Union to become Stalin's personal aide and lover. She is in charge of the NKVD and is an efficient killer, preferring a tea of her own making as her killing tool. There is more to her than she lets on; she is actually a member of the Brotherhood of Nod.
  • As the Good Book Says: At the ends of the Soviet Campaign, "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod."
  • Blondes Are Evil
  • Bond One-Liner: When she kills Gradenko, she tells him they can't afford to have him endangering the Iron Curtain anymore. After he dies she says, "I'm glad you agree."
  • Evil Gloating: After she poisons Stalin, she informs the commander about the plans Nod has for the world, after which she starts laughing...and then Kane shoots her in the back.
  • In the Back: Her demise at the hands of Kane.
  • Klingon Promotion: Nadia poisons Stalin at the end of the Soviet campaign. Her promotion doesn't last long.
  • Mission Control: Conducts briefings for the Player Character.
  • The Mole: For Nod.
  • Poison Is Evil
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Nadia is a beautiful and courteous woman. But make no mistake: she is dangerous.
  • Slasher Smile: Her smiles are rare, but they're usually of this variety, notably when she watches Gradenko writhing on agony after poisoning him, and again after she kills Stalin.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Stalin's advisor and lover.
  • State Sec: As head of the NKVD, although historically, no woman has ever served as its director.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Her special tea, which she serves to Gradenko and later Stalin himself.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: She "takes care" of Stalin after Europe is conquered. This also seems to be the implication of her statement to the general that he will serve Nod, "for the foreseeable future."

General Radik Gradenko

Played by Alan Terry

Affiliation: USSR
Rank: Field Marshall
Role: Director of Russian Secret Police

"Destroy everything, and everyone. No prisoners, no survivors."

Gradenko was the Director of the Russian Secret Police and was overseeing the development of a nerve gas to be deployed on the war front. He seems to be of mediocre ability in terms of tactics and administrative function, but is shown to have a close friendship with Stalin, which is probably how he got and maintains his position.
  • Friendship Moment: One cutscene shows him drinking with Stalin and the two of them acting really chummy. Then, it's subverted when it turns out Stalin just want him to sign the death warrants of men he's declared traitors.
  • General Failure: Although Gradenko is an outstanding strategist and security expert, being responsible for many Soviet victories in Eastern Asia, he made a number of mistakes at the beginning of the European war which included the loss much of the USSR's stockpiles of nerve gas, a critical element in Stalin's original plans. Stalin also blamed him for failures in pacifying civilian resistance, and for Albert Einstein's escape.
  • Kill 'em All: His orders for destroying the village of Turon, Poland in the first mission.
    Let's see how you handle this. Go at once to Torun, destroy everything and everyone. No prisoners, no survivors. That is all.
  • Secret Police: His main function.
  • The Rival: To Nadia for Stalin's favor
  • You Have Failed Me: Nadia poisons him for his incompetence.

General Georgi Kukov

Played by Craig Kavanah

Affiliation: USSR
Rank: General
Role: Commander of the Red Army

"Continue to accumulate victories, and the future is yours."

Kukov was a Soviet military officer as the Second World War got under way. He was deployed along the German border but eventually became Commander of the Red Army. While a capable commander, he often seemed to have other plans on the side.
  • Chest of Medals: After his promotion.
  • Mission Control
  • Klingon Promotion: At one point, Stalin persuades Grandenko to sign death warrants for a number of high-ranking officers. IN the next scene, Kukov, seemingly newly-promoted, smugly comments, "Advancement in the Soviet Army can be rapid."
  • The Starscream: Not as outstanding as some examples, but he does have hints of this.
  • You Have Failed Me: After an attempt to capture the Chronosphere fails, Kukov blames the player but Nadia points out that it was a piece of intelligence he missed that resulted in the loss. Stalin promptly strangles him.

The Advisor / Kane

Played by Joseph Kucan

Affiliation: USSR/Brotherhood of Nod
Rank: N/A
Role: Personal Advisor to Joseph Stalin

"The foreseeable future? Comrade Chairman, I am the future."

See Command And Conquer Tiberium Series Factions And Characters.