Vladislav Grozov was born in Krasnoyarsk in 1995. His mother was a teacher and father a police officer, ex-tank-crewman. He was born right into the crisis, which followed the USSR's collapse, but his parents managed to pull through and raise their son to be a proper patriot. Vladislav wasn't exceptional at anything in particular - neither at science nor at sports. However, what he could do, and did very well, is stand his ground. He would often be bullied by his peers for being smaller or quieter, but he would always fight back, even though he'd lose most fights until about the 8th Grade.
Seeing how he was struggling to graduate high school and universities required abysmal fees, young Vladislav thought the best course of action would be to follow in his father's footsteps and enlist to serve his Motherland. And so he did, right after he graduated, at the age of 18, he was sent to a training facility not far from Krasnoyarsk, where he spent 2 years.
After that, in 2016, he was redeployed to the [REDACTED] close to his home-city. There he continued training, preparing for whatever storm would befall his motherland again. During one of those sessions, while they were handling live ammo, there was a malfunction with one of the explosive devices. Vladislav managed to react quickly and pull one of his comrades away and throw him and himself on the ground as the bomb exploded. No major damage was done, though both Vladislav and his colleague were left with almost permanent ringing in their ears since that day. That man, an immigrant from Chernarus, had enlisted in the VDV only a few months ago, but he and Vlad became friends quickly after the incident.
Nothing of great excitement happened in Vladislav's life. For the most part, he would be at the Krasnoyarsk air base, training or hitting the town while off-duty. Every now and then he would travel home to visit his parents. But everything changed when in the summer of 2017 he was reassigned to a different regiment and an order came in.