Chechen men in military clothing, being prepped. (Bolat can be seen in the middle, staring at the camera)
Bolat was born a couple of years before the second (civil) Chechen war, on a bright Sunday morning (on the 15th of March of 1997). His birth was like any other and due to him being the fourth sibling in his family, his birth was almost treated like a regular occasion and no special treatment was given to him. His mother, Anya was busy working all day in a factory nearby and his father Dzhamalay was busy working for the army as a Commander. Chechnya was thriving economically at the time and both his parents were well paid, even though his mother was working at the factory, she was working as a security consultant and his father was paid quite well by the then (corrupt) Chechen government due to a lot of the bribes he received. Bolat was raised to be a prideful man and is very proud of his country. He acknowledges all the wrongdoings that were done against Chechnya and has always had it in his mind that he will be seen as lesser by the Russian as well as the Ukrainian people. However, Bolat has a long temper and is able to take insults to his pride quite often, regardless of who or why they're aimed at. He knows well how to focus due to his medical training and he knows how to go for the "goal", per say. He also is a bookworm when it comes to medical procedures and likes to do things by the book, hence why he carries an old, 1982 issued BLS guide as well as an ALS guide for complicated situations. He has vowed to always protect people even when all odds are against them and their death is certain, until their last dying breath.
Godzvhanyer St. - home of Bolat and many others
For the first couple of years, his father had more time to raise him and be there for him on a day to day to basis but in 1999 the unforeseen happened and the second Chechen war occurred. Obviously that meant, that it was that year the last that Bolat ever saw his father, a lot of men were imprisoned by Russians for being so called supporters of the Caucasian front and a lot of people were shot dead without question. That put his father out of the equation until the end of the Chechen war (close to 2009) while he was imprisoned. Bolat had to grow up and learn how to be his own man and learn most of the things from his grandfather, a man who lacked guidance himself since his own father was killed in the Pontus massacre. He grew up to appreciate art wherever he could, he grew accustomed to spending his free time drawing scenes and places before and post warfare, growing famous for his style, known as the "transitionist" style. Bolat was raised somewhat normally despite the atrocities that the Russian government authorized the Chechen Republic to commit. He was an agile guy and he always tried to keep in rather normal shape. He was known for his wit as well as his ability to get out of slippery situations by just using his people skills.
At the age of 11, a year before the Chechen war was to end, his family decided it was best for them to move near-by due to the fact of it being obvious who was going to win the war and due to his father being accused of working with the Caucasian front, their only way out was moving to Zabolotye, a quiet town where they lived for many years to come. There, Bolat was able to have a normal life and more importantly he was able to study the art of medicine, studying to become a general practitioner (not with the help of proper education, but rather books he was able to scavenge locally). He did manage to apply for the School of Medicine in Grozny and get accepted, 8th out of all 50 that were accepted that year. However, his studies were cut short by the apocalypse. Even with his little knowledge, Bolat was appointed to a refugee zone like most people in Chernarus were at the time and when he listed his skills in the form he was given to fill, boy did he not expect to have to treat other, alive, human beings. He was indeed trusted with dozens of peoples lives and he was sickened by how all his superiors were okay by that. However, Bolat still tried his best and tried to help all people as well as he could at all times. He actually got attached only to a couple of people within block D1 which he would often chuck a little more water and ration their way whenever he saw them, trying to be cautious.
A couple of months after departing from the hospital, Bolat managed to meet up with Ellie and Nikolai. Luckily enough they were in good shape as well and were still alive but more importantly, they had remained nice and honest people as well as trustful. Bolat decided to stick with them for a good while due to their general approach at situations as well as their cautiousness which was also very great for himself since he wanted to stay away from any heat, sit back and just try to wing it through the whole situation that is going on in the country.