City of Thieves

A sniper working with Korsakov's partisans, Lev's love interest and David's grandmother during the prologue. Vika is described as predatory and athletic and is later revealed to be NKVD. She believes that killing Abendroth is of the utmost importance and is willing to sacrifice herself and others to complete this task.

Vika Quotes in City of Thieves

The City of Thieves quotes below are all either spoken by Vika or refer to Vika. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 18 Quotes

At a distance it seemed beautiful, and I thought it was strange that powerful violence is often so pleasing to the eye, like tracer bullets at night.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, Vika, Korsakov
Page Number: 170
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Chapter 22 Quotes

"We're pawns and he's a rook, that's what you're saying."
"We're less than pawns. Pawns have value."
"If we can take a rook, we have value, too."

Related Characters: Kolya Vlasov (speaker), Vika (speaker), Lev Beniov, Abendroth
Related Symbols: Chess
Page Number: 211
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Chapter 23 Quotes

I have never been much of a patriot. My father would not have allowed such a thing while he lived, and his death insured that his wish was carried out. Piter commanded far more affection and loyalty from me than the nation as a whole. But that night, running across the unplowed fields of winter wheat, with the Fascist invaders behind us and the dark Russian woods before us, I felt a surge of pure love for my country.

Related Characters: Lev Beniov (speaker), Kolya Vlasov, Vika, Abendroth, Abraham Beniov (Lev’s Father)
Page Number: 233
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Vika Character Timeline in City of Thieves

The timeline below shows where the character Vika appears in City of Thieves. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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Korsakov tells Lev to not look shocked, as the woman, Vika, is their best shot. Kolya begins a conversation with Vika about female snipers and Vika's... (full context)
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Korsakov gives his men an hour to warm up in the farmhouse. Vika lounges on a sofa, looking at one of the taxidermy animals on the wall, and... (full context)
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...One of them pulls Galina into his lap and harasses her about her Nazi "boyfriend." Vika tells the man to leave Galina alone, and Lev wishes he'd said that first to... (full context)
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Lev approaches Vika and sits down next to her on the couch. He asks her if her father... (full context)
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Still trying to keep conversation going, Lev compliments Vika on her sniping of the Einsatzkommandos outside. Vika says the men outside aren't Einsatzkommandos, and... (full context)
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...despite the fact that they haven't slept since Sonya's apartment last night. Across the room, Vika speaks quietly to Korsakov as the rest of the partisans get ready. When Lev suggests... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...keep him awake, saying he won't take orders from Korsakov. He turns the conversation to Vika, explaining to Lev that redheads (Vika has red hair) are "demons" in bed and hate... (full context)
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...wasn't defending his thesis on The Courtyard Hound, but Kolya only says that it's complicated. Vika asks them if Lev and Kolya are going to have sex in the bushes, and... (full context)
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...and why the sky isn't bright all the time. Lev finally runs into Kolya's back. Vika is on top of a boulder and calls down that the Nazis are burning villages.... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...the partisans starts a fire and they all crowd around it. Lev again fantasizes about Vika and wonders if he's the only one who is attracted to her. When the fire... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...the hill, where three people are jogging towards him. They turn out to be Kolya, Vika, and a partisan called Markov. Lev is paralyzed by fear and can't call or wave... (full context)
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...coats or hats. Markov wants to shoot at these soldiers, who are just infantry, but Vika counsels that Abendroth travels with this company and must be close. Lev thinks of Zoya... (full context)
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...it explodes, attracting attention to the far side of the group. In the confusion, Markov, Vika, Lev, and Kolya walk out and join the prisoners, who seem unsurprised and defeated. (full context)
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...serving as minesweepers. Nobody walks next to the man who accused Markov. Lev, Kolya, and Vika walk together, talking quietly. Kolya glares at the prisoner and discusses killing him, but Vika... (full context)
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...impressively, and Kolya rolls his eyes and suggests reciting 60 stanzas of a famous poem. Vika grabs Lev's arm and tells him he doesn't read. The Germans test the man on... (full context)
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...his family and he's not Jewish. Lev purposefully fails the reading test, and then it's Vika's turn. She doesn't even try, and the three join the group of illiterate prisoners. The... (full context)
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Lev asks Vika if the commander leading the test was Abendroth, and Vika answers that Abendroth is a... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...a toolshed with the door nailed shut. Lev is in a corner between Kolya and Vika, and the prisoners discuss escaping. (full context)
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Kolya whispers to Vika and asks why they didn't shoot the Einsatzkommando who tested them, and Vika admits to... (full context)
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Lev tries to distract himself from his hunger and thinks about chess and then Vika, who smells like a wet dog. Lev thinks that his mother never tolerated dirtiness, but... (full context)
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Lev asks Vika his earlier question of why the sky isn't bright at night, and she answers that... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Vika, Kolya, Lev, and the other prisoners are awakened in the morning as the Germans pry... (full context)
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...tells a joke that Lev deems old and not funny. Lev asks if Kolya thinks Vika killed the prisoner in the shed. Kolya believes she certainly did. He says she's a... (full context)
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Kolya wonders out loud if Vika has breasts, annoying Lev. Kolya apologizes for offending Lev and asks if he really likes... (full context)
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Vika, having silently crept up behind Lev and Kolya, makes a jab about Lev and Kolya... (full context)
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Despite Vika's protests, Kolya approaches the nearest group of soldiers and begins speaking to them in German,... (full context)
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Vika asks Lev about his father, and asks if Lev wants to be a poet. Meanwhile... (full context)
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...in a sheep barn for the night and while the others sleep, Lev, Kolya, and Vika sit up and discuss their plans for if Abendroth sends for them. Vika insists that... (full context)
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Lev asks what should happen with his own knife. Vika unstraps it from Lev's ankle, tells Kolya he can't have it because he looks like... (full context)
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Several hours later, two soldiers escort Lev, Kolya, and Vika to the Party building the Nazis are using. Abendroth sits at an end of a... (full context)
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Abendroth, in perfect Russian, tells Lev, Vika, and Kolya that he's drinking plum schnapps, and asks who speaks German. Kolya answers, offering... (full context)
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...his soldiers in German and asks Kolya to translate what he said for Lev and Vika: Abendroth knows a Jew when he sees one. Abendroth adds that he can also spot... (full context)
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Abendroth considers the situation and asks if Lev, Kolya, and Vika have information to trade, but Kolya says he simply saw an opportunity. Abendroth savors his... (full context)
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Lev asks for Abendroth's word that he'll let Vika go, and Abendroth agrees, after wondering if Vika likes "the Jew." He then invites Lev,... (full context)
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Two soldiers now stand behind Kolya and Vika, and Abendroth and Lev begin exchanging pieces. Abendroth remarks that Jews make great violinists and... (full context)
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After another sequence of moves, Abendroth has unknowingly committed a fatal error. Lev looks at Vika, proud of his victory, but Vika is reaching for her knife and Kolya is ready... (full context)
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...him to the floor. Abendroth reaches for his pistol but becomes distracted as Kolya and Vika attack the two soldiers. Lev reaches for Abendroth's gun just as Abendroth pulls the trigger,... (full context)
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...the troopers, and Lev runs to help and stabs his knife into the man's back. Vika finally pulls Lev off the dead man and asks for his hand. He realizes he's... (full context)
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...as well as the crate of eggs. He opens a window and he, Lev, and Vika jump out into the snow and run from the Party building. When they reach the... (full context)
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After an hour nobody has given chase to Vika, Kolya, and Lev, and Lev's finger is throbbing. Lev thinks that now he's a killer,... (full context)
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As they walk, Lev tells Vika why he and Kolya are actually outside Piter. Soon after, Lev asks Vika if she's... (full context)
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When Lev, Kolya, and Vika reach the top of a long hill, Vika points at a beam of light in... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Lev sits with him, applying pressure to the bullet hole. Kolya jokes that he'd rather Vika were touching him like that, but when Lev asks, he admits that the wound hurts.... (full context)
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Standing in the hallway is Vika, with her suitcase and a cardboard carton. She smiles at Lev and tells him he's... (full context)