The Tarasov Crime Mob is a Russian criminal organization headed by Viggo Tarasov and later by his brother, Abram. It serves as the main antagonistic faction in the 2014 film John Wick and the opening antagonistic faction in its 2017 sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2. It is likely that it continued existing during Chapter 3.
The Tarasov Crime Mob was founded by an unknown Russian criminal who was Viggo's father. When he died, Viggo was given the lead role in the organization which led to him running illegal businesses in a church and murder, etc.
Rise in Power
Legendary assassin John Wick worked for them as a hitman after Viggo witnessed him kill three people in a bar with a pencil. However, when Wick asked to leave the Mob so he could be with his wife, Viggo gave him an 'impossible task' to wipe out all gang members of an unidentified rival mob in a single day, as he expected Wick could not, in order to keep him in the mob. After completing the task, Viggo allowed John to leave the criminal underworld to be with Helen. Due to John's completion of his task, the Tarasov Mob rose in power.
However, John is brought back in when Viggo's son, Iosef Tarasov, steals his car and kills his dog (who was the last present that Helen gave when she died). This prompts John to try and get revenge by killing Iosef. Upon realizing John's true motives, Viggo tries to pacify the situation by talking John out of killing Iosef, but later sent his goons, as well as several assassins he had hired, to kill John. However, John defeats everything Viggo sent at him and succeeds in killing Iosef, decimating the Tarasov Mob.
Despite being content to let Viggo live, the crime boss kills John's old friend Marcus shortly after, rekindling the flames of their war. John later confronts Viggo and killed him.
Headed by Abram
After Viggo's death, the Tarasov Mob reassembled and is headed by Viggo's brother, Abram Tarasov. Wick eventually tracks down a chop shop owned by Abram, where his car was held. John attacks the facility and kills many of Abram's henchmen, though ultimately made peace with Abram and agrees to let him live.
- Viggo Tarasov - first leader (deceased)
- Abram Tarasov - second leader (unknown)
- Iosef Tarasov (deceased)
- Avi - lawyer (deceased)
- Kirill - head of the Tarasov security (deceased)
- Victor - thug (deceased)
- Gregori - thug (deceased)
- Pavel - thug (deceased)
- Kuzma - security detail (deceased)
- Nicholai - security detail (deceased)
- Alexander - security detail (deceased)
- Ivan - security detail (deceased)
- Ms. Perkins - hired assassin (deceased)
- John Wick - hitman (formerly)