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Leonid Volkov was a Russian topman on the Obra Dinn during her last voyage in 1802. Passenger Emily Jackson shot and killed him as he was trying to prevent their lifeboat from leaving.


Being a topman, Volkov was present when topman Huang Li was electrocuted by lightning in the ship's rigging.[1] Volkov was also seen below deck manning cannons as a kraken attacked the ship.[2]

Later, Volkov caught surgeon Henry Evans and his party attempting to escape using the last lifeboat. He attacked and killed First Mate's Steward Paul Moss in a sword fight, despite Captain Robert Witterel intervening and ordering Volkov to let the party go.[3] He attempted to attack the rest of the party, but he was promptly shot down by passenger Emily Jackson.[4] His body was then unceremoniously dumped overboard by fellow topman Lewis Walker.

The East India Company insurance assessment on the Obra Dinn incident found Volkov guilty of killing of a crewmate.[5] His estate was unknown so £15 were claimed in expenses.[6]


The group of three Russians among the crew can be identified in A Bitter Cold, part 1, where they are playing cards and speaking in Russian. Volkov is the only topman among the group and he is present in the rigging in Soldiers of the Sea, part 1. The game allows his identification earlier though; possibly because he can be seen sleeping in his no. 45 hammock in The Doom, part 2 and he is the only Russian to appear from that point, meaning the others died or disappeared beforehand.


Volkov appears in 11 memories. Chronologically, his first appearance is in a Loose Cargo, part 1. Volkov is first introduced to the player in Escape, part 3.


  1. In Soldiers of the Sea, part 1.
  2. Seen in parts 3–5 of chapter VII, The Doom
  3. In Escape, part 2.
  4. In Escape, part 3.
  5. Aforementioned 1st Mate's Steward Paul Moss.
  6. Stated in the insurance assessment book in the epilogue if Volkov's fate is deduced correctly.