10 Years Later, We Revisit One Of The Most Controversial Moments In Video Game History

The Modern Warfare franchise is arguably one of the greatest franchises in the First-Person Shooter genre. Many can agree that the franchise changed the entire landscape of the genre, with it’s engaging storylines, simple controls, and visual appeal.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the sequel to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare came out 10 years ago today, on November 10, 2009; with much praise and anticipation. Many consider this game to be the the best in the series.

Today we take a look back at a mission within the game’s Campaign Mode, and for anyone who’s played the game, you know exactly what mission we are talking about.

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For those who haven’t played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, there is an infamous mission in Campaign Mode: “No Russian”. 

The mission is optional, and for good reason: In “No Russian” you play as Joseph Allen, a CIA Agent, who in order to gain the trust of a Russian Terrorist group led by leader Vladamir Makarov, participates in a Mass Shooting in an airport in Moscow, Russia.

The scene starts out with an undercover Joseph Allen, Vladamir Makarov, and various members of Makarov’s terrorist group in an elevator, carrying assault weapons. Just as the elevator doors open to a security checkpoint at the airport, Makarov tells his group “Remember – no Russian”, as to remind them that by speaking in their native tongue, it would reveal them as Russian terrorists.

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Makarov and his group exit the elevator and begin to fire onto unsuspecting civilians and security guards. They continue to make their way throughout the airport, killing many innocent, unarmed, civilians. The onslaught continues for about 4 minutes, before the group is confronted by armed soldiers and must fight their way past them. Once past some of the armed soldiers, Makarov and his crew escape into a getaway vehicle but not before Makarov, who unbeknownst to Allen, was fully aware that Allen was an undercover agent the entire time and shoots and kills Allen, leaving his body at the scene to be found as a way to insinuate that the United States was the one who carried out the terrorist attack.

As we said earlier, the mission is completely optional, and you can skip it without affecting the story or missing any achievements, but if you choose to play it you are not forced to shoot at any civilians. The player will simply walk as Makarov and his group carry out the mission.

You can view the entirety of the mission here:


The controversy of “No Russian” is quite obvious. We find it hard to believe that a mission of the likes of this would ever be released in today’s current climate. What are your thoughts on this mission? Is this the most controversial moment in video game history?