Death: Didn't die a coward, was shot by some Mexican gang when he was told he would be a rat and collect weapons for them. Instead of being a coward and betraying everything he stood for he protested this demand. The result being he was fatally shot.
Place of birth: Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, USSR
Yuri grew up in the Soviet Union, Russia under a strict but loving household. His father was a Lieutenant in the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War and saw action during the Battle Of Berlin. Yuri was raised by his family to be a staunch Socialist and a believer in the Soviet system. As soon as Yuri was old enough he joined the Red Army to become an infantry man and work his way up the ranks. Yuri was relatively smart and this allowed him to excel in training, setting him in a position of leadership early on.
Yuri saw action in the Soviet-Afghanistan War. Although by the time he was deployed into combat the war was largely questioned, many soldiers, including Yuri did not forget one of the horrible events that started it. He remembered hearing about what happened in 1979, when Islamist forces brutally massacred anyone not dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, many of them just being civil workers. He always remembered hearing about how they killed women, men and children then put their heads on spikes afterwards for everyone to see. Remembering this insane and barbaric act of violence against innocent people it always motivated him to be as vicious as possible in combat. A hatred of the western powers began to grow in him, knowing that the US and other powers would fund and assist such groups he began to resent the western governments.
Collapse Of The USSR:
Yuri's military service was cut shorter than he had planned when the dissolution of the USSR happened. At the time this happened he was in the Cherarussian SSR. He had lived in the Chernarussian SSR for some time and was granted citizenship in the new Chernarussian State, although millions of Russians living in the USSR woke up the next day to find the USSR no longer existed and they were trapped in a country they had no citizenship of Yuri was lucky enough as he had lived in Chernarussia for years.
With no desire to fight in the military of the new Chernarussian state and not being able to go home due to his families health reasons he had to stay in Chernarussia. He decided he would join the police force and serve the people.
Yuri served as a police officer for many years, then came the civil war. Although he was a staunch supporter of the Soviet Union he did not support the communists in the civil war or any side for that matter. He was just a police officer serving the people, thats how he saw it.
After continuing on for years the outbreak happened. The night that changed everything was when he was called in to control rioters/looters. He had been hearing things and knew something wasn't quite right. Once he and his fellow officers arrived in Mirslav' there was a military presence and before long martial law was declared.
The rioting was uncontrollable and police/military were seriously struggling. At was at this point he realised whatever this was, it wasn't something they could deal with. He abandoned his post and fled the city, trying to make his way home to his wife on foot but with such danger around him he camped out in the woods for an unknown period of time. He had no way of knowing how long he was gone. Once he finally made it back to his home there was nothing to be found. Someone had either robbed the place or his wife left when things got too dangerous. One thing that stood out was the family scrap book was missing which told him that she must have left and still be alive.
Sometime has passed now and Yuri has been searching the country for his wife. He has heard from a few survivors that the outbreak started in Chernarus. Chernarus now couldn't be any much worse than the rest of the country he thought. So with that he decided that he had searched his home province enough for his wife and head East. Maybe she could have ended up there? Only time will tell.