After working some time for Bulgarin, a ship that Niko was aboard sank a few miles off the Italian coastline.
Barely surviving the swim, Bulgarin believed that Niko intentionally sunk it in order to escape with the money.
When Niko finds out that Roman had been correct, he contemplates for a moment with Roman, and then decides to exact revenge, to Roman’s great surprise.
Niko and Roman get into a car and chase Vlad to the Pier.
When The Platypus pulls into the City, Niko disembarks and is soon after picked up by his cousin to drive back to Roman’s place.
When they get back, however, Niko is quick to observe that all Roman had told him was a great exaggeration, and in reality Roman had nothing but a poor apartment and small cab company.
There were many conflicts in the game that surfaced and many unanswered questions, such as what will Niko encounter later in life?
Niko Bellic is a former Yugoslavian immigrant (though never specified, in The Cousins Bellic, Roman remarks that Niko's English is better than his [Roman's] Serbian, implying that the cousins are, in fact, from Serbia.) trying to make his way through his difficult life.A war veteran having fought in the Bosnian conflict of the early 1990s, he admits to tragic events occurring such as, through conversations with friends, the death of his brother and Roman’s mother.After the war, Niko couldn’t find any work in what was now a war-torn country, and began a life of crime, eventually landing him in the pocket of Rodislav Bulgarin; a Russian mobster in charge of the Mediterranean immigrant smuggling business.Roman begins to lose his cool and Faustin decides to shoot him too, but only in the stomach.Dimitri calms down Faustin, who tells Niko to complete a task; with Dimitri promising to heal Roman’s wound.Niko frees Roman from the back of a car some time later and drives them both to Roman’s cab company, only to find it burning violently, along with his apartment.