Ilya Petrov is a fictional character on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives portrayed by Kai Wulff From 1983-86 and again in 1991. In 2016 it was announced that Mark Laursen would take over the role starting in march.
Petrov was one of Stefano DiMeras Henchmen during the 1980s. With the exception of Bart and Rolf, Petrov is the most well known henchman of Stefano's. In comparison to Bart, he mostly succeeded and completed his assignments. He was involved in the hostage crisis at Ridgecrest involving Marlena Evans and Liz Chandler, as well as the attempted bombing at the Hospital Benefit Concert and framing of Roman Brady for the Salem Slasher.
When Stefano kidnapped Marlena Evans & Liz Chandler in early 1983, Petrov was the one who kept an eye of them so they wouldn't escape. He then had small assignments in Stefano's devilish Salem Slasher plot. When Stefano had to escape after some failures of both himself and Andre DiMera, Petrov was already in the car. But Roman and Abe were ready as well and chased them. After struggling to shake off the police, and a drunk Alex Marshall caused some problem, the car drove off a bridge and fell down into a river. Alex was found but neither Petrov or Stefano.
A few months later, Stefano was seen very much alive looking for the three prisms, and soon Petrov was seen taking orders from Stefano. He kidnapped Hope Williams for Stefano in an attempt to faster lure Roman into Stefano's trap. He also got instructions from Stefano on how to activate the volcano. After locking up a noisy Shane Donovan], he fulfilled his orders and activated the volcano successfully. One of Petrov's last missions was to bring John Black the Pawn to Salem. Petrov was later thought to have been killed by Victor Kiriakis's, but in 2016, it was revealed that he was still alive.
In 2015, John delved into Petrov's past to learn more about his own. He discovered Petrov was a teacher at the same school he attended as Forrest Alamain. Eduardo Hernandez discovered a connection between Petrov and Deimos Kiriakis.
More of Petrov's history was revealed by Tim Robicheaux. Petrov was a member of the Phantom Alliance, a organization Tim formed. Petrove helped train John, who was Tim's son, as an assassin. For reasons yet to be revealed, he later betrayed Tim, stole John, and gave him to Stefano.