This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Please help improve this article by introducing citations to additional sources. Russian Roulette is the tenth novel in the Alex Rider series written by Russian roulette pdf alex rider author Anthony Horowitz.
It was first published in 2013. The novel serves as a prequel to the Alex Rider series but mainly focuses on the childhood of the assassin who appears in many of the books, Yassen Gregorovich. Shortly after the Science Museum scene in Stormbreaker, Yassen Gregorovich receives an order to kill Alex Rider. The connection the two of them share prompts Yassen to recall his past.
In the past, Yassen is a young boy in a small Russian village named Estrov. His parents work at a nearby fertiliser factory that secretly develops chemical weapons for the Russian government.
He is forced to flee his home after an accident at the factory contaminates the whole village with a deadly strain of anthrax, which had been genetically modified to spread much more faster than it would in normal conditions. Yassen’s parents escape from the factory and give him the only sample of antidote, before they advise him to flee to Moscow and seek Misha Dementyev, a friend of Yassen’s father. Yassen escapes into the forest with his best friend Leo Tretyakov as attack helicopters sent by the Russian authorities destroy the village, in order to contain the outbreak and cover up the development of the chemical weaponry.
They narrowly avoid a band of soldiers ordered to hunt down all the survivors of the Estrov disaster, by escaping through a narrow sewage pipe, and later find shelter in an old construction hut. Leo dies of the disease that night and Yassen continues on alone, narrowly avoiding getting caught by the police and escaping onto a train for Moscow. Yassen finds Dementyev in an old college, but Dementyev calls the police, knowing that Yassen is a loose end regarding the chemical weapons development. Yassen evades arrest and joins a gang of petty thieves who had pickpocketed him earlier, and later convinces them to rob a flat owned by Vladimir Sharkovsky, a wealthy businessman whom he overheard Dementyev talking to on the phone.