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Stepanov, portayed by John Vodka, is a minor character and an antagonist in the third season of Stranger Things. He is a Russian general aligned with the USSR.



On June 28, Stepanov was present during a trial run of the Key, a device created to open a portal to another dimension. When the experiment failed, Stepanov had Grigori strangle an unnamed Russian scientist to death. Stepanov then warned the newly promoted Alexei that he only had a year to build another Key and succeed.

Personality and traits

Stepanov has a cold and ruthless demeanor. He's determined to succeed and get what he wants. However, he does not take failure lightly as he ordered Grigori to kill a Russian scientist for the failure of the Key and threatened Alexei to build and perfect another Key within a year.



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

Stepanov to Alexei

  • "You have one year."


  • Stepanov is the leader of USSR base in Kamchatka, Russia while Ozerov is the leader of USSR base underneath Starcourt Mall.