- "That day, that man's blood still red in the snow, I vowed to never be the man at the other end of the gun. My father wanted me to learn about justice. Instead, I learned about power. And here I am."
- ―Nikolai Poloznev to Punisher
Nikolai Poloznev was a former member of the Police of Russia who became a wealthy and powerful industrialist. In order to increase his influence in the United States Government, Poloznev contacted the Russian Mafia in New York City to obtain information to blackmail Anderson and Eliza Schultz. However, his actions caused him up to end up confronted by the Punisher, and, later, assassinated by John Pilgrim.
- "When I was a boy, I saw a man... walked into the woods at the end of a shotgun much like this. This man had abused another man's daughter. I was maybe 12 years old, but my father made me come to see... to understand justice."
- ―Nikolai Poloznev to Punisher
Building a Career
Following his resignation from the Police of Russia, Poloznev became a wealthy industrialist whose assets valued at several billion dollars. Poloznev's influence put him with Vladimir Putin and they became friends. Poloznev used his financial capabilities to purchase homes in several countries, including the United States of America. With his daughter Natalia, Poloznev left Russia and resided in New York City where Polozneva was studying at New York Academy of Medicine.
Scheming Against the Schultzes
Poloznev contacted with Kazan from the Russian Mafia in New York City and ordered him to find evidence to prove that statement. He intended to wait for David to eventually take office and then blackmail the Schultzes with the pictures. Sergei Konchevsky hired Fiona and her crew to make the pictures. However, Fiona and her crew were killed by John Pilgrim before they could hand the pictures to Konchevsky. Thus, the photos never reached Poloznev.
Kidnapped by the Punisher
Sitting in his car, he found out that his driver was replaced by the Punisher who kidnapped Poloznev and drove him to the docks outside of the town. Threatening Poloznev with the shotgun, Castle demanded him to tell everything about the deal with the Russian Mafia and the pictures. Telling Castle about his childhood and his extensive notions of fate, Poloznev explained that he paid for the picture to manipulate the Schultzes and Testament Industries.
Despite Poloznev's thoughts, Castle informed him that he did not kill nor Sergei Konchevsky, nor Kazan, and someone is hunting for him. Poloznev offered Castle to unite against the Schultzes, however, Castle refused to work with him and prepared to kill Poloznev. Poloznev was not afraid of death and asked Castle just not to shoot him in the face, as he wanted his family to identify him. Poloznev told Castle about his daughter and how he enjoyed her play on the violin. Castle reluctantly decided to spare Poloznev and demanded to take his family and leave New York City. Poloznev thanked Castle, but he just warned Poloznev to stay away from the country or he will find him.
Accepting Frank Castle's warning, Poloznev prepared to leave the United States of America, together with his family. As he was in the elevator with his bodyguards, Poloznev was suddenly confronted by John Pilgrim. Pilgrim killed the bodyguards and, after the brief pause, assassinated Poloznev himself, shooting him in the head and leaving his body behind.
- Natalia Polozneva - Daughter
- Testament Industries
- David Schultz
- Amy Bendix
- Frank Castle/Punisher - Kidnapper and Attempted Killer
- John Pilgrim - Killer