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Come, Comrade General! A new world order awaits...
- Cherdenko, asking General Krukov to join him and Dr. Zelinsky in time travel.

Anatoly Cherdenko (Russian: Анатолий Черденко) was the Premier of the Soviet Union during the third iteration of the Third World War, having been a mere colonel in the previous timeline.


Gina Carano Natasha Volkova Premier Cherdenko

Natasha Volkova and Premier Anatoly Cherdenko.

He held the titles of Premier of the Soviet Union and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, during the Third World War's third iteration, giving him a position synonymous with the towering rank of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Alexander Romanov. He was directly responsible for the outbreak of the conflict by assassinating Albert Einstein with Dr. Gregor Zelinsky's time machine and creating an alternate timeline. His interference in the time-stream was the only way he was made Premier; and so Premier Romanov never came to power, leaving Cherdenko the de-facto leader of the Soviets in his place. This makes him Stalin's actual successor respectively.

Anatoly Cherdenko was a senior officer in the Soviet army, placed to oversee a highly classified military project to develop and construct an experimental time machine. Twelve months later, the Soviet Union was on the brink of collapse, a collapse brought upon largely due to the incredibly costly war against Yuri, and the Premier of the USSR had cowardly fled from Moscow. Cherdenko invited his superior, General Nikolai Krukov, to the Kremlin and introduced him to Dr. Gregor Zelinsky, the scientist who had invented a functioning Soviet time machine. Cherdenko had decided to use the time machine to create a new timeline, in which the Soviet Union had defeated the Allies and became the leading world power. Cherdenko, Krukov and Zelinsky traveled back in time to the 1927 Solvay International Physics Conference in Brussels, Belgium. To Zelinsky's horror, Cherdenko shook hands with Albert Einstein, disintegrating him instantly and removing the greatest scientific mind of the time from the space-time continuum.

Cherdenko, Krukov and Zelinsky returned to the present, in which Cherdenko was now the new Premier of the USSR and the unstoppable Soviet military machine was swarming through Western Europe. Unfortunately, Cherdenko's arrogant deed had catastrophic consequences on the space-time continuum, as Japan had became transformed into a militaristic and technologically advanced superpower known as the Empire of the Rising Sun. Its leader, Emperor Yoshiro, was convinced that it was the Empire's divine destiny to rule the nations of the world.

With Imperial Forces bearing down on the Pacific coast of the Soviet Union, General Krukov, now the de-facto highest ranking member of the Soviet Military, ordered a nuclear strike on the Japanese mainland. Unfortunately for them, without Einstein and his research, there was no nuclear weaponry in existence in the new timeline. As a result, a massive Imperial invasion force advanced across the USSR, unopposed by the confused and disorganized Soviet Army. As the Imperial Army drove deep into Soviet territory, Imperial General Kenji Tenzai mobilized his forces to besiege one of the last few population centres under Soviet control, Leningrad...


Anatoly is a ruthless and power-hungry individual, and a dedicated man to the Communist Party having a natural hatred for capitalists, America, and the Allies. He is arrogant, not standing for others challenging his judgement, with General Krukov being a particular victim of his anger.

He is quick to lose temper, and seems to take enjoyment when people risk their lives for the Soviet Union or using them as bait, hinting at possible sadism. He is willing to make an alliance with the Allies in order to betray them and to mess with the space-time continuum more than once just to win a war. His dishonesty shows itself particularly in the Soviet campaign, where he betrays Kurkov, Zelinsky and the Soviet Commander just to retain his power.

Role in the War[]

We won't stand for this treachery, Bingham! Do you hear me? My advisors warned me about trusting you Allies!
- Premier Cherdenko to Field Marshal Bingham
RA3 Time Machine

Then Colonel Cherdenko with Dr. Zelinsky and General Krukov in the time machine.

Cherdenko is introduced to the Allied Commander as the Empire of the Rising Sun blocks all naval traffic in the Atlantic Ocean by the massive floating fortresses. Field Marshal Bingham allies with Cherdenko to destroy a Japanese naval base in Gibraltar and sink a floating fortress in the North Sea. However, President Ackerman activates his secret super weapon in Mount Rushmore to obliterate Moscow, because he is convinced the Soviets are plotting to betray the Allies. Cherdenko contacts Field Marshall Bingham and announces that he will dissolve the pact between the Soviet Union and the Allies unless the superweapon is deactivated. As the Allied Commander is send to avert Ackerman's mindless attempt to level Moscow, Cherdenko contacts Commander and reminds him with the fact that the Soviets are prepared to attack the United States if the President is allowed to destroy the city. The Commander deactivates Ackerman's doomsday device and eliminates the President, allowing the Soviets and the Allies to launch a full-scale assault to Tokyo, Japan. General Krukov is supposed to arrive with his Soviet armada, but Cherdenko dissolves the pact, forcing the Allied Commander to destroy the Empire's military installations without any reinforcements.

As the Allied perspective progresses, Dr. Zelinsky defects to the Allies and explains Field Marshal Bingham that the existence of the Empire of the Rising Sun and the whole war were caused by Cherdenko, who traveled back in time to change the present. The Commander is sent to investigate Soviet activity in Havana, Cuba, where the Soviets are planning to attack every major Allied city in the world.

BCN Cryoprison

BCN news report on the fate of Cherdenko and Krukov

With unquestionable evidence of Cherdenko's treachery, the Allied Commander is sent to obliterate Cherdenko's fortress in Leningrad and bring the Premier to justice in the operation "The Moon Shall Never Have Them".

By this time however, Cherdenko has gone mad and is planning to escape "the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism, space." The Premier's space shuttle will launch from the fortress in the next 50 (if playing Easy)/30 (if playing Normal)/20 (if playing in Hard) minutes. The fortress itself is protected by General Krukov's elite forces and shielded by seven Iron Curtains, turning it invulnerable to any physical damage. However, the Commander defeats General Krukov, destroys all Iron Curtains and decimates the fortress. Both Premier Cherdenko and General Krukov are imprisoned by the Allies and cryogenically frozen for committing crimes against humanity.

Soviet perspective[]

RA3 Soviet logo The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and might contradict canon.
I have chosen you to defend the USSR, in this difficult hour, because we need a commander who does not believe in defeat! Someone who will not simply drive our enemies back, but ultimately annihilate them, humiliate them and show them no mercy!
- Premier Cherdenko addresses the Soviet Commander

In the Soviet perspective, the Soviet Union is attacked by the Empire of the Rising Sun. Premier Cherdenko orders the Soviet Commander to annihilate the Japanese invasion force and introduces him to General Krukov and Intelligence Officer Dasha Fedorovich. The Commander is placed to defend Leningrad and later Krasna-45, causing heavy casualties to the Japanese forces. Impressed by stunning victories over the Empire of the Rising Sun, Cherdenko sends the Commander to seize a captured naval base in Vladivostok. Supported by the mighty Soviet navy, the Commander drives the weakened Japanese troops from the Soviet territory.

The Soviet Union is saved from utter destruction, but the newly-elected President of the United States, Howard T. Ackerman, promises to push the invading Soviet army from Europe. Recognizing Ackerman as "an ignorant fanatic who wants to wipe us [the Soviets] off the face of the Earth", Cherdenko sends the Commander to capture Geneva, Switzerland and an Allied science laboratory in Mykonos, Greece. However, mysterious assassins attempt to eliminate Cherdenko, but the Premier survives assassination attempt with minor injuries. Cherdenko announces he survived because his grandfather was a cossack, and "we cossacks are not so easy to kill." The Commander and General Krukov are sent to Iceland to destroy the last Allied air base in Europe in the operation "No Traitors Tomorrow". Suddenly, Cherdenko orders the Commander to eliminate Krukov, who was presumably the mastermind behind the failed assassination attempt.

As the Soviet perspective progresses, Dr. Zelinsky contacts the Commander and explains him that Cherdenko became the Premier by altering space-time continuum, before he mysteriously disappears. Cherdenko sends the Commander to Mount Fuji, Japan, to assassinate Emperor Yoshiro in the operation "To Tame A Living God". By eliminating the Emperor, the Empire of the Rising Sun is vanquished and Japan is annexed to the Soviet Union. Cherdenko invites Allied Supreme Commander Robert Bingham to sign a peace treaty between the Allies and the Soviet Union in Easter Island, but the Commander is ordered to ambush Bingham and his fleet in the operation "The Stone-Faced Witnesses". The ambush results in Bingham's defeat with his troops completely crushed, but Cherdenko contacts the Commander and explains that the Commander was a useful pawn, used to exterminate the enemies of the Soviet Union. Cherdenko betrays the Commander and attempts to eliminate him by using the Vacuum Imploder, but the Commander destroys the superweapon and the over-ground part of the Premier's volcano fortress. Cherdenko is reported to be killed in the destruction of his fortress.

The Commander becomes the next Premier of the USSR who ultimately conquers the United States and defeats the Allies. Dasha confirms to the Commander that Cherdenko, in fact, framed his assassination attempt to have an excuse in killing General Krukov. Dasha suggests that Cherdenko was most likely responsible for Dr. Zelinsky's disappearance.

Imperial perspective[]

EotRS logo The following is based on the Imperial campaign of Red Alert 3 and might contradict canon.
I am the Premier! I control time!
- Premier to the Imperial Commander

In the Japanese perspective, it was revealed to Emperor Yoshiro and Crown Prince Prince Tatsu that the existence of the Empire of the Rising Sun was caused by the Soviets who meddled with time and space. Having lost his belief in the Empire's "divine destiny", Yoshiro grants his son the full authority over the Shogunate. Tatsu sends the Imperial Commander to level Moscow and eliminate both Cherdenko and Krukov in the operation "Crumble, Kremlin, Crumble". With the Shogun Executioner and the full might of the Imperial military, the Commander vanquishes General Krukov and destroys the Kremlin, killing Cherdenko in the process. In his final moments, a horrified Cherdenko contacts the Commander and proclaims that he controls time. As the Kremlin collapses, the remaining Soviet forces attempt to save Zelinsky's time machine and use it to prevent the birth of the Empire of the Rising Sun. However, the Commander destroys the device, marking the end of the Soviet Union.

Selected quotes[]

Well done, Commander. I had no doubt that our coalition would prove to be… successful.
Come comrade General... a new world order awaits!
- Upon turning on the Time Machine
We won't stand for this treachery, Bingham! Do you hear me? My advisors warned me about trusting you Allies!
- Upon finding out Ackerman's scheme to obliterate Moscow
If that weapon fires, I will have no choice but to launch every weapon I have against the United States! Do I make myself clear!?
- Same occasion
Commander! You've rained on my glorious parade! For this, I'm sending everything I got at you, but I won't let you have the satisfaction of catching me. I'm escaping to the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism... space!
- The Moon Shall Never Have Them
Dasvedanya Commander! I'll send you a postcard from my space station.
- When the timer drops below 5 minutes in The Moon Shall Never Have Them
Aww... you made it all this way just to fail at the end. Such a shame...
- Failing The Moon Shall Never Have Them

RA3 Soviet logo The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 3 and might contradict canon.
Another victory, Commander! I knew my faith in you was not misplaced.
The new American President is an ignorant fanatic who wants to wipe us of the face of the Earth! He has rallied the Allies and re-energized their will. We must strike swiftly, before they can mobilize their forces.
I have chosen you to defend the USSR, in this difficult hour, because I need a Commander who does not believe in defeat! Someone who will not simply drive our enemies back, but ultimately annihilate them, humiliate them and show them no mercy!
- Upon welcoming a new commander
General Krukov has a tendency to overstep his authority. One day he will go too far.
My grandfather was a Cossack, and we Cossacks are not so easy to kill.
And while you are mopping up the last of those capitalist pigs, I will root out the enemy within!
Cut out the cancer! Destroy him before he destroys us all!
- No Traitors Tomorrow
Welcome back, General. Yes, my friend, you have been promoted. I'm sure General Krukov treachery was as much as a shock to you as it was to me! As my most trusted senior officer, I need you know to lead our forces against those who would destroy us.
Though culturally they are a backwards and superstitious people, technologically they are quite advanced.
- About the Empire of the Rising Sun
We will sign this treaty, we will come together as brothers and then we will crush them. Yes, General, it is a trap and you, my friend, are the bait.
- The Stone-Faced Witnesses
Thank you, Commander, for so thoroughly and brutally dispatching my enemies. But now I'm afraid, you have outlived your usefulness. You know just too much to be a threat to me and with that the future of the Soviet Republic. I will not say do svidaniya commander, for I can assure you... we will never meet... again!
- The Stone-Faced Witnesses

EotRS logo The following is based on the Imperial campaign of Red Alert 3 and might contradict canon.
No! This cannot be happening! I am premier! I control time!
- Crumble Kremlin Crumble
How do you make this far for so little? I do not know. But it all ends... now!
- Crumble Kremlin Crumble
You think you can just show up on my doorstep unannounced? Well, come and get me! I'm ready for you!
- Crumble Kremlin Crumble

Behind the scenes[]

  • Anatoly Cherdenko is played by Tim Curry, best known for his role as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also played in film adaption of Tom Clancy's "The Hunt for Red October".
  • Cherdenko's surname name is only one letter off that of Konstantin Chernenko, who was the Premier of the Soviet Union for just 13 months until he died (1984 to 1985), though the latter was a very old man and nothing like the villain portrayed in Red Alert 3.
  • Chernenko's physical appearance and origin as middle-ranking officer is based on Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev.
  • Also, his surname alongside with his affirmations about Cossack ancestors assume Ukrainian origins. Ironically, in the real USSR, Cossack ancestry was not something such careerist would speak about, as Cossacks were mostly counter-revolutionary in the Russian Civil War (though it could be acceptable in Romanov's version of Soviet-Tsarism state). It's also reference to Leonid Brezhnev, who was born in Kamianske, Ukraine.
  • A clip from "The Moon Shall Never Have Them"–specifically, Cherdenko's declaration of escape to "the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism: space!"–went viral in the years following the game's release, in part due to Tim Curry's delivery of the line (which sees him struggling to not break character) as well as its absurd premise. An oral history published on Vice revealed the take used was, in fact, the first take, and captures Curry's reaction to seeing the line on the teleprompter for the first time.[1]


See also[]


  1. Electronic Arts Los Angeles, Red Alert 3 official site: Factions, Units & Characters - Premier Cherdenko (archived).
Red Alert 3 Characters
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