Danil Bogotov was born in Kubinka, Russia and spent his youth years pursuing study of medicine and natural sciences. At the age of 18 he was conscripted into the Russian army and sent off to support Russia's Counter-terrorist operations on territories of North Caucasian region; otherwise known as the second Chechen War. His time spent in Chechnya he was assigned to 42nd Guards Motor Rifle Division working with GRU unit Zapad. Officially he was on a liaison team working with the Chechen unit to provide whatever is necessary for them to operate. However, Dan, was known to accompany the GRU on various missions. He never publicly spoke of what exactly his job was other than stating that he worked in a staff office as a supply mole.
In 2008, Dan separated from the Russian military with the rank of Senior Sergeant. He traveled back to Kubina, and then to Moscow working as a security guard for a business firm. In 2014 he was living very well for someone of his position, and started to get involved in some illicit activities his firm was involved in. He operated as a security guard for one of the drug bosses and in early 2017 he was involved in shooting incident between two rival drug gangs. During the firefight, Dan managed to kill the son of the leader of a rival drug trafficking organization. As subsequent peace talks between two gangs, an agreement was reached but one of the terms was that the killer of leader's sub would be handed over as compensation. Upon discovering this, Dan packed up what little he had and fled south. First he went to Volgograd, and eventually ending up in Odessa, Ukraine. Few days after arrival, the outbreak began in Chernarus.
As the outbreak spread through the Green Sea areas eventually reaching Ukraine, Dan utilized his experience from a long ago war to help him survive. During the first days of infection hitting Odessa, he managed to hide out in various apartments throughout the city. As it became clear that this infection isn't going away, Dan collected some personal things he stole and moved off to the outskirts of a city, followed by the woods. As weeks have passed and no signs of infection letting up, he developed a plan to forever disappear from his past, and the drug traffickers that were looking for him. No one, in their right mind, would look in the hot-zone of infection. With that in mind, he began a slow hike though the infected region hoping to reach Chernarus alive.