Alekzandr Volkov is a 31 year old Ukrainian man who's been alone for the last 3 years, having lost his wife Anna and 6 year old son Georgiy in a car crash when a drunk ran a red light and t-boned their car, killing both his family and leaving him alone. He was a high school science teacher for before the outbreak.
When the outbreak began he and a friend of his (Ivan) robbed a smaller fishing vessel and a stock of fuel from a couple at gunpoint before setting out across the water and followed along the coast, despite Alekz pleads not to leave them or steal. A year after they set out, on a stop for fuel Ivan got reckless and ended up getting infected. Before he turned Ivan had Alekz end his life so he could still be sane. Now alone again, Alekzandr followed along the coastline and ended up off the coast of Chernarus where his ran out of all fuel reserves, and ended up washing to shore on the boat. After arriving he grabbed what he could from the boat and left, hoping to find some other companions to stay safe and cure his loneliness.