Vasily Karasov is a fictional character from the PC game Republic: The Revolution. He is President and dictator of the post-Soviet state of Novistrana. He is an ex-KGB agent and rose to power using force and oppression in late 1991 and 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is an absolute leader and crushes any opposition, including the DNP (Democracy Now Party). Karasov makes extensive use of the Novistranian Secret Police Force - including the elite Alpha Squad - to remove anyone he he believes requires it. Many people have found themselves inside the dark, brown walls of Ekaterine Penitentiary as a Political Prisoner for speaking out against Novistrana's government.