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General Ivan Radek is the secondary antagonist in the 1997 film Air Force One. He was played by Jürgen Prochnow, who doesn't speak in the entire film.


Radek was the military dictator of Kazakhstan, a ruthless Russian warlord and former Soviet officer who wanted to use his nuclear arsenal to retake Russia and create a new Soviet Union. One of his most loyal supporters was Egor "Ivan" Korshunov. During his reign, many innocent civilians were murdered by his troops.

A joint Russian-American military ops team broke into Radek's palace one night, killed all of his guards and kidnapped him. He was flown to Russia by helicopter where he stood trial for crimes against humanity, and was eventually convicted and imprisoned. The masterminds behind the kidnapping were American President Marshall and Russian President Petrov.

Radek's surviving men, however, were determined to see him free and his dream of a new Soviet Russia brought to life. Led by the fanatically loyal Korshunov, several of them hijacked Air Force One and demanded the General's release. Initially, their demands were refused, but Korshunov soon had Marshall himself captive, and after he threatened the President's wife and daughter, Marshall finally capitulated and begged Petrov to release Radek.

Petrov agreed, even though he knew it would mean the end of his presidency and possibly the end of a free and democratic Russia, considering how many loyal troops Radek still had at his beck and call, to say nothing of his nuclear arsenal. But Marshall had only asked Petrov to release the General to buy time. While Radek's henchmen celebrated, the American President cut his bonds and freed himself. A ferocious battle ended the lives of Korshunov and all of Radek's other men still on the plane.

Marshall called Petrov and told him to cancel Radek's release. At the prison, Radek was walking out the front gate in full Soviet military uniform to a waiting helicopter, when suddenly a spotlight fell on him. The Russian prison guards yelled for him to stop. Deciding to chance it, he ran for the copter, only to be shot in the back by the guards. He died standing up mere inches from the open helicopter door. His loyal men even tried to grab his uniform sleeves and pull him inside as he was falling over backwards, but lost their grips.

General Ivan Radek, the dictator, fell dead on the cold cement outside the prison. After his death his commanding base sends 6 MiGs to intercept Air Force One, but they retreat losing 3 MiGs in the process and they surrender the base to Petrov.

Radek's death


  • The film credits give his first name as Alexander, however both the movie dialogue and the film's novelization call him Ivan.
  • He shares the name Ivan with Egor Korshunov.

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