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Vladimir Pavel Maximov[3] was an occult scientist who wanted to summon one of the Old Ones. Vladimir is from Minsk,[4] capital of Belarus, a country annexed into the Soviet Union. He was assisted by a man named Dmitri Smerdyakov.

History

Vladimir presented a paranormal theory, that took him 20 years to compose, to the paranormal conference: the Titanic sank because it crashed into Elvis.[5] He was soon laughed off stage but secretly used the time to steal The Nameless Book and then accuse the Ghostbusters to keep them from stopping him. Eventually, he summoned Yibb-Tstll, but the Ghostbusters managed to defeat it. Vladimir and his associate were then arrested.

Personality

Vladimir was rude and arrogant towards the Ghostbusters the moment he met them and called them frauds. He also openly said that Yibb-Tstll would help him rule the world alone (without Dmitri).[6] He also seemed to be a bit careless, as he called Einstein a fraud without thinking that it would make Egon angry enough to beat him up. Dmitri is his comic foil, as he always took his partner's abuse without a complaint.

Appearances

The Real Ghostbusters

Trivia

Vladimir's middle name Pavel is a reference to Star Trek character Pavel Chekov, also portrayed by Walter Koenig.

References

  1. Eatock, James and Mangels, Andy (2009). The Real Ghostbusters Complete Collection Booklet, p. 36. CPT Holdings, Inc. Line reads: "Walter Koenig guest stars as the voice of Vladimir."
  2. Marsha Goodman (1990). Episode Call Sheet and SAG Report - "Russian About" (1990).
  3. Katarina Novachenka (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Russian About" (1990) (DVD ts. 04:02-04:07). Time Life Entertainment. Katarina says: "Comrade Ghostbusters, I want to introduce you to Vladimir Pavel Maximov and Dmitri Smerdyakov."
  4. Katarina Novachenka (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Russian About" (1990) (DVD ts. 04:07-04:09). Time Life Entertainment. Katarina says: "They are from Minsk and Pinsk."
  5. Vladimir Pavel Maximov (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Russian About" (1990) (DVD ts. 05:10-05:26). Time Life Entertainment. Vladimir says: "And so in conclusion, I have spent 20 years of my life proving my greatest paranormal theory - that the Titanic did not sink when it struck the iceberg. It did not strike the iceberg. It struck Elvis Presley."
  6. Vladimir Pavel Maximov (2009). The Real Ghostbusters - "Russian About" (1990) (DVD ts. 19:11-19:14). Time Life Entertainment. Vladimir says: "He made promise I would rule the world."

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