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The title of this article is conjectural. Although this article is based on canonical information, the actual name of this subject is pure conjecture. Please see the reasons for this title in the "Behind the scenes" section below, and/or the relevant discussion on the talk page.

The Soviet Driver was a Soviet soldier that served under the orders Antonin Dovchenko in 1957, serving as Irina Spalko's driver during the quest to return the Crystal Skull of Akator to Akator.


The Soviet Driver was a Ukrainian[1], who wasn't much older than Irina Spalko had been when she first joined the army[2]. He was among the soldiers who accompanied Spalko and Dovchenko to Hangar 51 in Nevada. The alias he used isn't known.


Eaten alive by the siafu.

He later served as Irina Spalko's driver in Brazil. When Indiana Jones escaped in a duck with the Crystal Skull of Akator, he drove Spalko during the chase through the jungle that ensued. At one point Spalko forced him into the backseat and took over the vehicle herself, hanging on for his life due to Spalko's reckless driving, but later the soldier got back behind the wheel after which they and Jones' party crashed into a nest of siafu. Both he and Spalko managed to escape from their crashed vehicle and run for the safety of the trees, but the soldier didn't make it. Overcome by the ant swarm, he was pulled down and devoured.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Soviet Driver was portrayed by an uncredited Gleb Kaminer in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The character is identified in the film's pre-visualization animatics as Russian Driver.

The Soviet Driver's death is slightly different in James Rollins' novelization, in that he dies much sooner. Unlike in the film he is unable to get out of the car before being swarmed and eaten by the ants. In the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull comic adaptation, he doesn't get eaten by the Siafu because Spalko's car doesn't crash into the anthill. He may have been one of the three soldiers who die in Temple of Akator at the end of the comic, being dragged to the Interdimensional beings' dimension.

In LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues, the Soviet Driver survives the ants attack because he wasn't with Spalko at the moment in which the Siafu appeared. Instead, he appears with a sweeper and rescues Spalko from the Siafu, leaving Antonin Dovchenko to face his fate. However, he could have been one of the many soldiers that were defeated and possibly killed during the waterfall battle.


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull novel
  2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull novel

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