Vladimir Mashkov was featured recently on a segment of "Stop Frame," a Russian film and actor review program on TV 1000. His film career goes back to the late 1980s, but my introduction was Thief, where he plays a conniving father looking for the easy score in Stalinist Russia. He has since become one of my favorite Russian actors. He was excellent as Rogozhin in the Russian television mini-series The Idiot. He is currently working on a French-Russian production of Rasputin, in which he will play Tsar Nicholas II, with Gerard Depardieu as Rasputin.
Nice to see a full transfer of Thief available on Youtube with English subtitles. Mashkov has done quite a number of films over the years, including the popular Oligarch, which included an international cast. I guess you could call it a Russian Scarface. He seems to play dubious characters for the most part.