Left Hand of the SVR
|Job||Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR RF) assassin|
|First Seen||“Quon Zhang”|
|Last Seen||“Zal Bin Hasaan”|
|Actor(s)||Michael Massee (season 2)|
Andrew Divoff (season 3)
Karakurt is a Russian assassin and member of The Blacklist.
Known in the intelligence community as "the Left Hand of the SVR", Karakurt (Turkic languages: kara (black) and kurt (wolf)), whose real name remains unknown, is an assassin employed to silence Russian dissidents and known high-profile critics of the Russian regime. He specializes in either making his murders look like non-criminal causes, such as accidents, suicides, or the actions of other criminals. He has at least 2 assassinations to his name. The first was Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer who was shot to death in Moscow in January of 2009. The murder was blamed on a Neo-Nazi youth group. The second is Boris Berezovsky, another critic of the Russian regime, who died in a staged suicide in 2013. Karakurt is also known to have lent his skills to the Cabal.
Karakurt bombs the Office of European and Russian Analysis (OREA), a CIA intelligence analysis center in Washington D.C., with a bomb hidden in a truck, killing the 14 agents working there. The attack provokes a response from Senator Clifford Hawkins, who warns that the act will not go unpunished. With Reddington's help, the FBI find the apartment where Karakurt is hiding. However, Thomas Connolly forces Cooper to send a team to Union Station. There, Liz spots a hooded figure resembling Karakurt in a surveillance photo and follows him and is assaulted by him.
It turns out that Liz was infected with the rotavirus created by Leo Andropov so she can be blamed for Senator Hawkins death. When the FBI spots him at a memorial service for the OREA victims, he is arrested by Liz, but the senator is infected when Liz touches him, framing her for his murder.
Harold Cooper accesses the Karakurt file.
Cooper gives Tom Keen a file on Karakurt.
Tom captures Karakurt, who has undergone plastic surgery to change his appearance, as evidenced by the structures below his ears and in his face.
Tom tortures Karakurt for a confession.
He aids Tom and Ressler in fighting the Cabal after Hitchin tells Peter Kotsiopulos of his location.
While still captured by Tom, he is shown the news about Elizabeth Keen's arrest and her risk of facing death for the actions he has done. After the trial begins, he is sent on the way to the courthouse by Tom to confess his actions and he then presumably faces incarceration by the US government.
- Is Karakurt still loyal to the Cabal?
- A: Karakurt had to face death from the Cabal when he was presumed to be a liability to Elizabeth Keen's arrest, it is likely that he no longer is after the Cabal attempted to kill him.
- If he is Russian, why does he have a Turkish name?
- A: It is his code name.
- A: Russia is a diverse country with many Turcic people living inside. The name is not necessarily Turkish as "kara" and "kurt" exists in other Turcic languages as well.