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Yuri Polivich is the chief and only doctor in Hoover Dam in 2253.


Funded by and a representative of the Followers of the Apocalypse,[1] Dr. Yuri Polivich is the medical practitioner and researcher for Hoover Dam.

By the looks of him, with his stern eyes, pinched lips, and wild black hair, one might think he was a mad scientist. But Dr. Yuri, as he is known to his friends, is quite sane and extremely competent. He is well versed in many medical procedures and can cure or fix just about any malady or injury. In fact, he is one of the only people in the region who has a very clean, polished, and working Auto-Doc.

Dr. Yuri is also the local drug pusher and has a wide variety of different types of chems. Mentats, jet, anything one might want, he has it. And Dr. Yuri is always interested in new recreational chems so is certainly open to experiencing and distributing the latest concoctions.[2]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character is involved in quests.

Smooch dealer


  • Smooch dealer: Marty wants a distributor for his precious smooch. Currently, he does his own distribution in the Reservation town, but he would like to expand the popularity of his product to outside communities, preferably human communities.[3] Dr. Yuri can be the person the Prisoner approaches to distribute smooch in Hoover Dam. He may be a bit reluctant at first, but if the Prisoner gives the good doctor a sample of smooch to try, he will enthusiastically agree to be the official distributor.[4]

Effects of the player's actions

  • The Prisoner will get a 25% cut of smooch profits from Marty, but has to do supply runs every few months[3] to keep Dr. Yuri well stocked. Dr. Yuri will give the Prisoner a definite weight of smooch needed to carry him through the year, so it is up to the Prisoner to decide how much of that weight he wants to actually haul from the Reservation.[4]
  • Distributing smooch through Dr. Yuri means they cannot distribute it through Dusty Heart – and vice-versa.[5]
  • Setting up Dr. Yuri to be the distributor for smooch, means eventually, even if the Prisoner negotiates a peace between the Brotherhood of Steel and Hoover Dam, Hoover's generators, filtration processes, law enforcement and economy, will crumble. Hoover Dam will fall into an apathetic anarchy town filled with smooch junkies. This process should take about a year or so of game time. The effects of smooch in the community are gradual, the machines will break down more often, the people in charge will show more apathy towards maintaining the machines, and eventually they will either leave Hoover, or hang out near a fire pit in the fetal position getting high on smooch, or snorting toxic waste if no more smooch is available. Even Governor Dodge and his troops will succumb to smooch. Why? Because they lose all hope after seeing Hoover fail even after the war is over. Unless the Prisoner or Dr. Yuri creates an anti-toxin[2][4] before things spiral beyond control, this could be the ending for Hoover Dam.[6]


Yuri Polivich was to appear only in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 by Black Isle Studios.

Behind the scenes

Yuri’s image is a reference to the character Herbert West from the film Re-Animator.


Design Document
CharactersGovernor Joseph Dodge · Mjr. Jack Fleming · Guido Giordano · Enzo Giordano · Vinnie Giordano · Dorris · Ailis McLafferty · Ralph Peoples · Mitch Stiller · Candice Morris · Pierre LaPoubelle · Dr. Yuri Polivich · Pablo Riviera · Frieda Van Graff · Milko · Dusty Heart · Beatrice · Otto Steed · Dianne · Farmer Dave · Bob · Mary-Joe · Billy-Bob · Mallet McBride · Ginger Flowers · Nancy Haggard · Arcade Gannon · Mike Lawson · Hoover Dam commoner
LocationsThe Rim (Fancy PC pad) · Downtown (Frieda's Firearms · Dusty's Desires · Hock-it to Bob) · Baseline · Scum Pits · Sub-Level 1C
QuestsGet Meeting with Governor Dodge · Negotiate Peace between NCR and BOS · Get City Council attendance back to norm · Join up with the 3-Some Caravan Company  · Spy on Crimson Caravan for 3-Some Caravan · Join up with the Crimson Caravan Company as spy for 3-Some · Successfully frame 3-Some Caravan Co. for extortion and murder · Successfully extort money out of Ailis McLafferty using evidence · Expose Crimson Caravan to Governor Dodge  · Give filtration schematics to former BOS scribes · Get school attendance up to norm · Teach class on Wasteland survival · Clear out critters in Scum Pits for possible hydroponics lab · Get shipments from Denver for materials to build hydroponics lab · Discover Sub-level 1 · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Get Mary-Joe to stop turning tricks & get access to Scum Pits · Discover lost Hoover Dam war and Sub-level 1 history · Relay new history from traveling the wasteland to Candice · Help Beatrice in a bar fight · Do Bob's bounty hunter jobs · Recalibrate the two working power generators to be more efficient and increase power · Get liquor for Pablo
OrganizationsNew California Republic · Crimson Caravan · 3-Some Caravan · Followers of the Apocalypse