I think your friend need a doctor. Good thing! We have the very best.

–Ozerov to Robin.

Ozerov is a minor character and an antagonist in the third season of Stranger Things. He is a Russian Colonel aligned with the USSR.



In the summer of 1985, he met Steve and Robin following their infiltration of the bunker and subsequent capture. Ozerov interrogated Steve, repeatedly asking who he worked for while Steve was beaten in the process. Later, he interrogates Steve and Robin further and finds out about Dustin. When Steve taunts him about Dustin getting help at any minute and that he and his Russian comrades will be killed by the American government, Ozerov does not buy that for a second and smiles. Just before he and Dr. Zharkov can do more harm to Steve and Robin, an emergency alarm suddenly goes off, surprising Ozerov. He goes to investigate, angrily questioning his soldiers who stand over a hole created by the green substance used to power the Key, with Ozerov standing over the hole in confusion and shock. This turned out to be a ruse to distract the Russians as Dustin and Erica burst into the interrogation room with Dustin tasering and killing Dr. Zharkov, and eventually rescuing Steve and Robin.

Personality and traits

As a Colonel of the Red Army, Ozerov is authoritative and brutal. He is also rather sardonic, as shown when he mocked Steve during his interrogation. Ozerov hates defiance and mockery as Robin spat in his face and taunted him for his intelligence, with Ozerov calling her the Russian word for "bitch." Ozerov also does not take lies well as he tries to use any means to force the truth out of his captives. However, when Steve told as many truths as he could, Ozerov did not believe and tortured Steve even further. Right after Steve taunted Ozerov about the U.S. government showing up any minute and when the emergency alarm system goes off, Ozerov is left speechless as he realized that his captives were telling the truth.



Season Three appearances
Suzie, Do You Copy? The Mall Rats The Case of the Missing Lifeguard The Sauna Test
The Flayed E Pluribus Unum The Bite The Battle of Starcourt

Memorable quotes


  • "I like this guy."

Ozerov asking them to go:

  • "Where are you two going? Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Tsk, Tsk"

Ozerov telling Steve to stay in:

  • "Try telling the truth to stay in, yes? To make your visit with Dr. Zharkov less painful."

Ozerov to Steve:

  • "Who do you work for?"


  • Ozerov works for the USSR base underneath the Starcourt Mall.
  • Ozerov is known for taunting and torturing his prisoners.
  • Ozerov is often mistaken for Stepanov


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