Chuzhoi and his partner Rogusskii were tasked by his employer, General Starodoub, to follow the woman responsible of the murder for Starodoub's partner Mikhail Fjodorov, an assassin known as Sofia. They followed Sofia to Sochi, where they came across another of their targets, Tatiana Sokolova, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff's undercover identity when she was wrongly accused of Fjodorov's murder.
Romanoff noticed the two thugs following her, and seized an opportunity to distract them when she encountered the Russia men's national ice hockey team, catching the two thugs by surprise and knocking them out.
- "Chuzhoi" (Чужой) translates for Russian as "stranger" or "outsider".