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"Fella can't speak two words in English, but he knows this is the best country! Jesus!"
― Joe about Josef

Josef (Russian: Иосиф) is a character in the Grand Theft Auto series, appearing as a stranger/freak in Grand Theft Auto V.


Josef is a bespectacled Russian man who is fanatically obsessed with America and, despite being an immigrant himself, has an intense hatred for Mexican immigrants. Josef has a poor grasp of English, as the only English words he can say are "go car, go now". He attempts to justify his views by claiming that America was built for Europeans, even though most Mexicans are of Spanish descent themselves, meaning they too would classify as Europeans. Josef, along with his best friend Joe, form the Civil Border Patrol, a group dedicated to hunting down and deporting illegal immigrants, though most of the people they pursue are legal US citizens of Hispanic descent.

Despite being deeply patriotic, Josef appears to have poor knowledge of United States history or culture, as he sometimes shouts "God Save the Queen" (the English national anthem) or "Liberty! Fraternity! Equality!" (the national motto of France). He can occasionally be seen saluting with his right arm outstretched, seemingly unaware that it is a Nazi salute.

Events of GTA V

Josef is first seen in the initial cutscene of the mission Trevor Philips Industries. He is in the middle of a bar fight with another man, until Trevor steps in and knock the other guy out and then asks Janet to ban Josef since he "won" the fight. Janet says that she can't do that because Josef is her husband, to Trevor's surprise. Janet also says that "the internet a beautiful thing". It could be interpreted by this that Josef got his American citizenship after meeting Janet on the internet and marrying her. Joe also says that he met Josef through the internet in the mission An American Welcome.

Some time later, during the Civil Border Patrol missions, Joe and Josef employ Trevor twice to help them hunt down supposed illegals. Trevor, being a Canadian immigrant himself dislikes the duo, but goes along with them because of the monetary reward. After his second outing with the duo, Trevor re-encounters Manuel, one of the men arrested during his second tour with the Patrol, who was a legal resident of the US; his family having lived in San Andreas for two hundred years, well before it was incorporated into the US. Manuel shames Trevor for his actions and, in a regretful fit of rage, Trevor tracks down Joe and Josef to a nearby farm and attacks them. Josef tries to fight back with a Sawn-off Shotgun that he'd been previously using to threaten the Hispanic residents of the farm, but is ultimately killed. Soon after, Joe is killed as well. However, if the player chose to kill Trevor before completing any of the missons, Joe and Josef will be left alive.

Mission Appearances



GTA 5 - Minute Men (Civil Border Patrol) 100% Gold Medal Walkthrough15:08

GTA 5 - Minute Men (Civil Border Patrol) 100% Gold Medal Walkthrough


  • In Trevor Philips Industries, Trevor can kill Josef as he is leaving the bar but he will still appear in The Civil Border Patrol mission.


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