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  • Colonel Zaysen
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  • Colonel Alexei Zaysen is the main antagonist in the 1988 film Rambo III. He is a sadistic Soviet commander who runs a prison camp during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He is portrayed by Marc de Jonge.
  • Colonel Alexei Zaysen (born March 1, 1938 in Moscow, USSR, died 1988 in Afghanistan) is the primary villain of Rambo III. He is a brutal and most likely psychotic Soviet commander that runs a prison camp during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, and is also a proficient and gifted helicopter pilot. Zaysen sees his base as a freakshow and uses the torture of prisoners of war as his own personal enjoyment and entertainment.
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  • Shot and mortally wounded with a T-72 tank machine gun by John Rambo, suicide by helicopter crash
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  • Soviet Russian
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  • Soviet military officer, head official of Soviet prison camp.
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  • Colonel Alexei Zaysen
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  • PM-63 submachine gun, Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind gunship helicopter
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  • Claimed to be peace in the region. However it is apparent that Zaysen's true motives were sadism, psychopathy and winning the war to expand the Soviet empire. As the film went on, he also desired revenge on John Rambo and the safety of his troops.
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  • Get location of enemy Stinger missiles, win the Soviet-Afghan War, kill John Rambo.
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  • Marc de Jonge
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  • Colonel Zaysen
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  • Colonel Alexei Zaysen (born March 1, 1938 in Moscow, USSR, died 1988 in Afghanistan) is the primary villain of Rambo III. He is a brutal and most likely psychotic Soviet commander that runs a prison camp during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan, and is also a proficient and gifted helicopter pilot. Zaysen sees his base as a freakshow and uses the torture of prisoners of war as his own personal enjoyment and entertainment. Unlike Podovsky, who was more of a James Bond-style villain, Zaysen was really more of a 1950s Russian, similar to someone like Stalin. He idolized the old Soviet revolutionaries such as Vladimir Lenin, as shown by a framed photo of him which he keeps in his office. His military power is viewed as necessarily ruthless to win the war against the Afghans, though claiming to only desire peace. It was apparent, however, that Zaysen was only so brutal for his own enjoyment. Many thought the villain was merely a butch, over-the-top Russian stereotype. However, he was the most psychotic of the villains in Rambo films at the time (even more so than Art Galt), as he enjoyed watching prisoners be executed or tortured. He would remain the most merciless Rambo villain until we were introduced to Major Tint in Rambo IV.
  • Colonel Alexei Zaysen is the main antagonist in the 1988 film Rambo III. He is a sadistic Soviet commander who runs a prison camp during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. He is portrayed by Marc de Jonge.