Against her family's advice, Artyom's mother Matryona immigrated to the United States with her then only two month old baby boy. She would be willing to sacrifice her own happiness for a chance of her son becoming more than the generations of farmers that dominated her family tree.
They settled in the Washington DC inner city. While she worked immensely hard for what little they had, Artyom grew up into a healthy young boy. Almost outright rejecting his Russian heritage, he would take up the nickname Arthur with his friends and teachers despite his mother's disappointment. "Arthur" would continue to grow up, embracing a thuggish demeanor and eventually developing a violent streak, and a heavy involvement with gangs and delinquency. This violence could of course not be kept away from school, and one fateful afternoon a large scale brawl broke out between the school's rival cliques.
Nobody knew how Arthur got the gun. Or how he managed to sneak it past security.
And of course, Arthur didn't know he was capable of taking a life.
Despite his age and the details around the murder, as well as his own mother testifying in court, Arthur was tried as an adult. Luckily he was only sentenced to a total of 7 years in federal prison for manslaughter and would be eligible for parole after serving 4. His mother was completely distraught and inconsolable. Arthur would only receive one visit from his mother in prison and all but a few moments of it were in English. The rest was a crying, sobbing, and very unintelligible Russian. What little English was present though consisted of her announcing her return back to Chernarus. Her return back to her husband and the loving family that, in her mind, was now right all along.
They were the longest 4 years of his life. Not a single night went by where he couldn't hear his own mother breaking down. After a year of wallowing in a combination of regret and self loathing, Artyom finally knew what he would have to do. He knew he would have to reform, and become the son his mother deserved. His time from then on was spent studying to receive his diploma and eventually qualify for a passing parole hearing. With a swift graduation and plenty of prison community service, Artyom had the most productive three years of his entire life. When it came time for his hearing, the only answer he could receive was a resounding approval.
Even though he was almost entirely reformed, he was still prone to outbreaks of anger and depression, both of which would affect how he interacted with people. Arthur would have a difficult time adjusting to not only life outside of prison, but life outside of daily violence and gangs. He has overall come to the conclusion that perhaps it'd be best to simply avoid socialization altogether. This effectively crippled his ability to make any new friends after leaving prison.
Perhaps this lack of human connections made it that much easier to through everything to the wayside once the initial reports of the outbreak began to spread. Maybe that's why he sold whatever he could to afford a ticket to Chernarus.
Now, he is on the hunt, willing to search every inch of Chernarus for the family he had taken for granted.