- "This is not how I die. This is not how it happens."
- ―Vladimir Ranskahov
In a fit of rage, Wilson Fisk killed Anatoly Ranskahov after he interrupted his date with Vanessa Marianna. Fisk used this to his advantage, arranging for Anatoly's body to be found by his brother Vladimir Ranskahov with a black mask with it, implicating the Man in the Mask in his murder.
Having been paid off by Fisk, Turk Barrett told Vladimir that the Man in the Mask was working with Fisk. A vengeful Vladimir told his men that they would kill Fisk at the first opportunity.
Vladimir's men congregated in their strongholds to get ready to strike, and Madame Gao sent suicide bombers into each of them, killing most of the Russians. Vladimir, however, managed to escape, badly wounded.
The Man in the Mask sought out Vladimir to try to get information about Fisk from him, but they were interrupted by police officers on Fisk's payroll, who had orders to kill anyone who survived the bombings.
The Man in the Mask was able to subdue the police officers and took Vladimir to an abandoned building.
Matt Murdock, in his black mask, tried to interrogate Vladimir Ranskahov about Wilson Fisk, but he refused to answer any of his questions. When Murdock realized how bad Ranskahov's injuries were, he called Claire Temple, who talked him through stabilizing him.
Ranskahov still refused to give Murdock any information, even after his heart stopped and Murdock used CPR to revive him. When Fisk spoke to Murdock through a pair of police radios, he offered him the chance to escape if he killed Ranskahov. When Murdock refused, Ranskahov helped Murdock escape into tunnels below the building.
Ranskahov, knowing that Fisk's men were coming to kill him, decided to make his last stand here while Murdock escaped. But before Murdock left, he told him the name of Fisk's money man: Leland Owlsley. Holding a gun, he waited for Fisk's men while singing an old Russian song. As Murdock escaped, Fisk's men killed him.
With the Ranskahov brothers out of the way, Wilson Fisk's men took over distribution of Madame Gao's heroin, and the profits that should have been split five ways were now split into four, going to Fisk, Gao, Nobu Yoshioka and Leland Owlsley.