Arkady Ivanovich Zotov (Russian: Аркадий Иванович Зотов) is a main character on the FX series, The Americans. He is the KGB Rezident at the Rezidentura and has interesting relationships with his colleagues Nina Krilova, Oleg Burov and Tatiana Vyazemtseva.
As the Rezident, he does his best to assist KGB operatives and illegals, such as the Jennings. In April 1981, he is the target of an FBI assassination plot hatched by Frank Gaad. However, when he burns his hand, he decides not to go for a run, leading the FBI to capture Vlad Kosygin instead. ("Safe House")
Arkady is deported from the US in January 1984 and given "persona non grata" status for his presumed involvement in William's infiltration of a bioweapons lab, the Mail Robot bug, and the death of Frank Gaad in Thailand. ("Persona Non Grata") He returns to the USSR, but continues working for the KGB. By 1987, he has advanced to the position of Deputy Chief of Directorate S.
In October 1987, Arkady convinces Oleg to come to the US to take part in a secret KGB mission. ("Dead Hand") Oleg is ultimately arrested when he picks up a dead-drop left by Philip, and, since he lacks diplomatic immunity, imprisoned. Arkady relays his fate to Oleg's father who in turn delivers the grim news to Oleg's wife, Elina.