|Death date:||Day 8: 1:48pm|
|Death cause:||Impaled by Jack Bauer|
|Played by:||Graham McTavish|
|First episode:||"Day 8: 7:00am-8:00am"|
|Last episode:||"Day 8: 1:00pm-2:00pm"|
Mikhail Novakovich was the Russian Foreign Minister during Day 8. He was a key conspirator who helped the Kamistan splinter cell kidnap and execute Omar Hassan in order to derail the Kamistani peace treaty.
Before Day 8 Edit
Novakovich had at least one son, who used narcotics in a Moscow club. Photos of this were known to exist by Charles Logan. The Foreign Minister also had a mistress, with whom he went on a vacation to Odessa; photos of this compromising event were known to Logan as well. ("Day 8: 8:00am-9:00am")
As American President Allison Taylor pushed for the signing of the Kamistani peace treaty, Russia was expected to be its third most important supporter in the United Nations. Elements of the Russian government resisted, however, since they viewed the treaty as a vehicle through which Russia's regional influence would be greatly diminished. Primary among them was Russia's President, Yuri Suvarov; he and Novakovich secretly arranged a number of covert operations to put an end to Taylor's peace treaty and to help the Kamistan splinter cell acquire nuclear fuel rods. Novakovich and Suvarov installed the expertly-trained mole Dana Walsh inside CTU New York, who leaked intelligence and hired Sergei Bazhaev and the Red Square gangsters to help the terrorists.
Day 8 Edit
Novakovich was at Fort McGuire Air Force Base after Omar Hassan's botched rescue attempt. At around 7:00am, he asked aide Susan to speak with President Allison Taylor. Taylor met with him in a lobby of the building and he asked if Hassan was still in the hands of the terrorists. As he inquired about the leads that CTU was following, Taylor refused to get into details. Novakovich told her that if Hassan wasn't recovered, the government in the IRK would be in disarray, which would harm the peace treaty being signed; if Hassan died, Russia would not agree to the peace agreement. Taylor replied that she felt Novakovich was "hoping" for that outcome, since the peace agreement weakened Russia's influence on the IRK and they had been looking for excuses to pull out. Novakovich denied the accusations, pointing out how they were present at the peace talks. Taylor apologized and asked if she could count on Novakovich's support until they found Hassan, and he agreed.
Hassan was killed by Samir Mehran, and Novakovich prepared to pull out of the agreement and leave the US. His man Pavel secretly injected Samir with a poison at the crime scene to prevent him from revealing anything about the Russian government's involvement. Pavel called to tell Novakovich that Renee Walker might have recognized him at the scene, from her time undercover with Red Square six years earlier; Pavel was currently following Renee and Jack Bauer to the latter's apartment. Although Novakovich was against killing the two, as it could draw attention, he asked his superior Russian President Yuri Suvarov about the situation, and Suvarov gave the order to kill Renee Walker.
Through the intervention of Charles Logan, Novakovich was blackmailed to once again join the table for the Peace Treaty and convince the powers behind him to back this decision. Logan was seeking to save the peace treaty with Kamistan to clean his tarnished image as a disgraced former President. Novakovich relented, knowing well of Russian operations in the past. Novakovich became a conspirator with Logan after the fact, plotting to assassinate Jack Bauer who had began to discover the lengths of their conspiracy following the death of Renee. Novakovich lent every available resource to both Logan and his right-hand man, Jason Pillar, to murder Jack and silence his knowledge of the assassinations of both Hassan and Renee.
Eventually, a frightened Novakovich watched as the pieces of their conspiracy unraveled around them because of Jack's rampage. Under the suggestion of Logan, he lent out his top assassin, Pavel Tokarev, to once again try and kill Jack.
Once he learned that Jack had escaped again and tortured Pavel to death, he called Logan to question their end of the bargain: to kill Jack Bauer. Logan consoled him that Jack was going to be imminently captured. Novakovich, frustrated, hung up on Logan and began to regret his role in the conspiracy. Shortly after, Jack took out three security guards above his main bedroom.
Later on, after the injured Logan was knocked out and left alone by Jack, he placed a phone call to warn Novakovich that Jack was coming for him. Novakovich and six of his men were killed by Jack at some point following Logan's release.
A lone bodyguard, Berkov, crawled to his side and took a cell phone from Novakovich's corpse, warning Logan that Jack had taken them out. Novakovich, sprawled out on the floor, had been stabbed with a fireplace poker through the abdomen as a vengeful punishment from Jack. Logan then called the mastermind behind Novakovich and the conspiracy, Russian President Yuri Suvarov, to warn of the plot having fallen apart.
Background information and notes Edit
- In a "scene extender" seen in Operation Hero, Logan remarks that Novakovich was a minister in the KGB.
- Novakovich is the last person Jack inflicts fatal wounds on - however, Berkov died later than Mikhail.
- Novakovich is initially identified as the Russian Prime Minister.
- Novakovich's name bears a strong resemblance to that of Mike Novick - Mikhail and Michael are closely related names. Novick was actually credited (erroneously) as "Mike Novak" in the Season 5 DVD release. The -ovich suffix, in Russian, means "son of" - one possible way of Anglicizing the name would be "Michael Novakson". There is also a moderate physical resemblance between the two characters.