He is a man of fortune who managed to leave Russia and settle down in Belgium. Until the very last minute he tried to persuade his son Jan Paul to leave Russia with him but his son was stubborn and decided to stay and defy the regime until there was no other alternative but to defect. The subsequent accident where Pavlov is dead broke his heart.  Since then, Stephan and his son Jan have lived together in Prague where the family runs a puppet workshop. Stephan blames himself of his son´s death. In order to avoid his grandson Jan living in hatred he concealed the truth about his parents nonetheless and despite his good intentions Jan ended living in Russia.