The Russian Thug was an enforcer for the Russian Mafia who worked for Kazan. When the Russians had been unexpectedly visited by Turk Barrett who claimed to have information which would interest Sergei Konchevsky, they revealed Konchevsky was dead and then set up their ambush for Barrett's partner. However, they were soon confronted by the Punisher. As the thug then personally attempted to kill him under the orders of Kazan, the Punisher brutally beat him up to death.
While working out at Kazan's Gym, the Russian Thug became aware that Turk Barrett had just arrived, as Barrett immediately teased the Thug by jokingly claiming he was not lifting enough weights. The Thug then watched as Barrett spoke with Kazan and asked to speak with Sergei Konchevsky, claiming that he had just collected something from Chicago which he believed Konchevsky would want to see. However, considering the fact that Konchevsky had been killed while in Chicago, Kazan ordered the Thug to subdue and capture Barrett by putting him into a headlock.
Now that they had captured Barrett, the Russian Mafia forced him to call up his buyer as they arranged a meeting at Barrett's Shop since they believed that the buyer was likely responsible for Konchevsky's death. However, much to their surprise, the Punisher then arrived at the gym in person, as the Thug watched on while Kazan questioned if the Punisher was the one responsible for killing Konchevsky, while the Punisher denied. When the Punisher demanded answers about what had been going on, Kazan instead then turned to the Thug and ordered him to subdue the Punisher, although without killing him.
Confident that he could defeat the much smaller Punisher, the Thug calmly stepped up to him and threw a strong punch, however he was shocked by the Punisher's skill and speed as he avoided the blow and hit the Thug's kneecap, before grabbing ahold of the Thug's jaw and smashing his face onto the floor. While the Thug had recovered, several more of the Russians attempted to take down the Punisher, only for find themselves being vastly outmatched by his skills. Once the Thug had gotten onto his feet, he immediately grabbed a barbell and tried to use that as a weapon, which the Punisher blocked.
Becoming frustrated, the Thug responded by simply charging at the Punisher and knocking him off his feet. Taking a moment to compose themselves, the Punisher and the Thug ran at each other and began a furious fight, as the Thug's superior strength soon gave him a clear advantage as the Punisher struggled to keep him at bay and get free himself. Wanting to keep his advantage, the Thug spat blood in his face, head-butted him and then threw him across the room. As the Punisher then tried to kick the Thug, this had little effect as the Thug simply grabbed ahold of him and furiously threw him into the air.
With the Punisher beaten down to the point of barely being able to stand, the Thug picked him up and began furiously hitting his face repeatedly with a sadistic smile. However, before the Thug could land a fourth punch, the Punisher was able to grab a hold of weight and used this to hit back at the punch. The force of that blow caused the Thug to lose all his senses as the Punisher continued to punch him in the face with the weight while still calling out to Kazan to talk to him. When the Punisher then hit the Thug in the face for the sixth time, he fell to the ground dead, his face beaten beyond any recognition.
- Expert Combatant: The Russian Thug is a formidable fighter due to the amount of workouts he endures and doing his moderate exercises. While working at Kazan's Gym, the Russian Thug was able to choke out Turk Barrett and fight against the Punisher with some ease before his inevitable defeat.
- Kazan's Gym: The Russian Thug like the other Russian Mafia members worked from the gym owned by Kazan. In this gym the Russian Thug captured Turk Barrett and fought the Punisher. The Russian Thug died in this gym during the fight with the Punisher.