Ruda Kasparek was born inside the small medical clinic inside the city of Zelenogorsk, his parents were young at the time, and were only still dating. His mother was excited for the birth, and had dreams of raising her baby, Ruda, but unfortunately died due to his birth. He was then taken care of by his father inside their small home in Zelenogorsk. His father relied on heavy drinking, and worked many numerous part time jobs to live paycheck to paycheck, while still suffering from the loss of Ruda's mother. Ruda's father still cared for Ruda however, and quit his drinking habit and began to fix his life, so his father joined the Chernarus Defense Force as an officer and was stationed at the military base there in Zelenogorsk. Ruda spent his free time hiking and learning survival skills from his father, who he cared for vastly. Ruda never much interacted with the other children, but always had exceptionally top of the class good grades and discipline. However, when 2009 came around and war broke out and a siege of Zelenogorsk occurred, Ruda's father was viciously killed while sacrificing himself by throwing himself on a grenade to save his men during an intense firefight with Chedaki insurgents, causing Ruda to hate the Chedaki and everything to do with them. The Siege of Zelenogorsk left a deep imprint on Ruda due to the desperate nature of the battle. The town was completely surrounded by Chedaki forces who bombarded the few CDF units left to defend the town, along with the civilians who had taken up arms to volunteer for civil defense. The constant thunder of fighting and gunfire had a psychological impact on him, leading to a later struggle with PTSD. After the death of his father Ruda went to live with his grandmother, and he was determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, looking to join the military as he became quite patriotic for the country his father died protecting.
When the time came to enlist into the CDF, Ruda did so, and specialized mainly in electronic warfare and psychological operations. He served in Takistan with the 313th Electronic Warfare and Signals Regiment for a period of time. Eventually he was assigned to the army intel branch for his unit. The toll that his own experiences had taken on him led him to realize that fear was just as good of a weapon in war as bullets or bayonets. He began working to develop new methods of softening up the enemy and received approval from his battalion CO to begin developing experimental psychological warfare techniques with a few of his fellow intelligence colleagues. Ruda excelled in the given fields, becoming a proficient soldier, earning his superiors respect and admiration as he did so. Eventually, Ruda was called into Miroslavl for an offer to join an elite unit known as COBR, who had taken an interest in his work in psychological warfare.
Ruda was stationed in Miroslavl before the events of the outbreak, and for almost two years after the initial outbreak. Ruda was disheartened to watch as his home city, Zelenogorsk and the whole region of South Zagoria got destroyed, not by the infection, but the people. However, Ruda had always been busy with assignments in parts of the rest of the country, and had been there to support his people during major events such as the attacks on Miroslavl. The situation in South Zagoria seemed to be ignored and forgotten as the infection spread throughout the world, and countries were at conflict with each other, but Ruda had not forgotten his home, or the land where his father and many others have died for. He had hoped to be put on an assignment to South Zagoria for months, to do something, anything to restabalize all of Chernarus, even the worst part. Ruda finally got his wish, and was sent to South Zagoria, but was shocked at what he was actually seeing with his own eyes; many large groups of hostile foreigners ravaging the land and the local populace, Russians terrorizing the few remaining Chernarussians left, and many more horrific groups and events. It appeared any government attempt to tame South Zagoria failed, whether it be the CDF, NATO, or UN, or any other government military forces. Ruda knew he had to remain vigilant and focused with his training to not only survive, but to do what he was sent there to do. The concepts of good or bad hardly existed in the people that had been living in South Zagoria for the years that followed the apocalypse, as the concepts of greed and power overtook everyone eventually, and turned them into savages.