Ivan Vostok is a 24-year old man born and raised on the Chernarussian country-side. Ivan grew up poor and spent most of his childhood working on his family-farm instead of going to the school in the city. So did most of the other kids in the village, and Ivan grew up with a close group of friends around him.
As Ivan reached his teens he and his friends did what many other teens in the area did: he bought himself an old Volga and adopted a heavy drinking problem. As a pass-time Ivan and his friends would drive around the country-side and harass teens from rivalling villages, occasionally resulting in bloody fights with broken noses and fractured bones.
For Ivan there has always been two things that he cares about. Respect and his friends. Among his friends Ivan was known as the funny and relaxed type. Ivan was usually the guy pulling his friends away from a fight, rather than starting it - unless someone were stupid enough to insult his mother or his friends mothers.
Ivan and his friends liked their life, and never wished for the urban lifestyle many moved away from the countryside for. To sustain themselves, he and his friends regularly went to the cities or larger towns to mug people or sell their latest batch of moonshine as a means of making money. Most of the money they earned, they spent on booze, fuel, car-parts and food. Ivan and his friends were small time gangsters, living the life on the country side.
When the catastrophe broke out on Chernarus, Ivan and his friends kept close. Hoarding what they could for themselves and their village, looting rivalling towns and living of their farmland. For a while they did well, all things taken into account - but the apocalypse was inevitable also for them. One night a swarm of diseased flooded the village and only Ivan and a couple of friends made it out. Since then they have been traveling around the deserted lands of Chernarus, making sure not to make trouble with anyone bigger then themselves while they prey on the weak.