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Disguised as American soldier "Roosevelt", a Russian soldier served under Colonels Antonin Dovchenko and Irina Spalko, and helped them to infiltrate Hangar 51 in Nevada in 1957.


In 1957, Roosevelt and his comrades, disguised as US military soldiers, helped Colonels Antonin Dovchenko and Irina Spalko to infiltrate Hangar 51 in Nevada, USA in order to acquire the Roswell remains. When one of his fellow soldiers allowed himself to be goaded into racing against a hotrod full of American teenagers lead by Jimmy Keegan, Roosevelt showed his disapproval. Once they arrived at Hangar 51, Sergeant Wycroft and his MPs were quickly executed and their hostages, American archaeologist Indiana Jones and double agent George McHale were released under Dovchenko's orders. After Jones was coerced into finding the crate holding the Roswell crash victim, he escaped from the Soviets, despite the efforts of Roosevelt and his comrades to kill him.[1]

After Jones was later found along with his son Mutt Williams in Peru, Dovchenko and the Soviets captured them and took them to their camp in Brazil where they held Jones' associates: Harold Oxley and Marion Ravenwood. Roosevelt was present and helped Spalko and Dovchenko to recapture Indy and his friends when they attempted to escape. The next day, Roosevelt was one of the many soldiers who survived the jungle chase. He also outlasted both the subsequent encounter with a deadly nest of siafu and the climb down towards Akator when Ravenwood cause a large tree to richochet off the cliffside during the Soviets' descent.[1]


Roosevelt (right) at Akator.

Once Spalko and the soldiers reached the lost city, they slaughtered many of the native Ugha tribe, although some managed to escape from them via secret caves.[2] At the Temple of Akator, Spalko, accompanied by Roosevelt and just three other men, finally delivered the Cystal Skull to its decapitated skeleton. A dimensional rift was created by interdimensional beings in order to return to the "space between spaces" and a desperate Roosevelt tried to flee in the wake of Indiana Jones' party but–along with Jefferson and the other two soldiers–was sucked into the vortex while Spalko was left to burn.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

"Roosevelt" was played by Pasha D. Lychnikoff in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Lychnikoff was the second of four credited Russian Soldiers. Like many of the Soviet Special Forces who infiltrated Hangar 51, Roosevelt shares his name with a US president, in his case Theodore Roosevelt.

In the film's shooting script, Roosevelt had a line, asking "Who caused this?" of Irina Spalko during the Jungle Chase as the Soviets regroup following the destruction of the Jungle Cutter. It is in response to the removed question that Spalko yells "Jones!" in the finished film.[3]

A scene was shot for Crystal Skull in which George McHale is dragged by Roosevelt and Grant out of Hangar 51 and placed before a truck driven by Antonin Dovchenko to coerce Indiana Jones into helping the Soviets. However, the scene was cut from the final edit of the film.[4]

While he and his companions are pulled into the vortex in the film, Roosevelt and his companions receive a different fate in the comic book adaptation where the soliders are incinerated by the piercing gaze of the crystal skeletons of the Temple of Akator.


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