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Previously with the former Soviet Union’s security services, "SPECTRE" was well suited to his role as an intelligence technician where his lack of any standout physical or social characteristics helped him to remain virtually invisible in any situation.
His work brought him into contact with the seedier side of life, something he soon discovered he had an affinity for. He exploited his underworld network for his own gain, namely blackmail, which eventually brought him into conflict with the authorities. As a result, Spectre had to flee Russia with investigators and authorities on his heels every step of the way.
He found a home with Umbrella, and his surveillance skills have regularly ensured that the corporation stays well informed and that the Wolfpack keeps the upper hand in combat situations.
Vladimir, along with the rest of the Wolfpack, was sent in to eradicate any damning evidence that would link Umbrella to the T-Virus outbreak and silence any potential witnesses to their operation.
- Vladimir's codename, "SPECTRE", is a reference to a character in the SOCOM series of shooter games that Slant-Six worked on previously before Operation Raccoon City.
- Also, the Russian word "Spectre" (Спектр) means "Spectrum", fitting with his surveillance duties.
- Just like Michaela Heinzwaffen, Vladimir appeared on the cover of the Swedish video game magazine Game Reactor.
- Vladimir appears to have indulged in some cannibalism in the past to survive. If brought to the second mission and one player observes the first horde of zombies devouring another zombie long enough to comment about it (usually a bit disgusted at the scene), he will then comment: "Try surviving the Soviet winter and maybe you won't be so quick to judge".