Arkady was born in Novogrod, Russia on August 15th, 1980.
His early life was rather boring. That's not to say it was bad though. He lived with his mother in a small, shabby apartment on the edge of town. His father had died a couple years after he was born of a rare disease. He went to a small public school. Arkady turned out to be an exceptional student, he was getting high grades in language arts and math class. But getting average grades in the other subjects. A while later, he graduated high school with flying colors and attended law school short thereafter.
Arkady was 19, about halfway through his law schooling. Tensions were rising in Chechnya, it was all the news were covering. The entire country was afraid of going back into another war. One day, Arkady stepped outside his apartment to receive the mail. Most of the mail was junk, but he had received a letter from the government. Arkady didn't think much of it, as it could be just the same as the rest of the junk. However, when he opened the letter his entire life changed. He had been drafted into the Russian military for the war in Grozny.
Arkady had experienced terrible things during his time in the Chechen wars. He wasn't the same, everything was different. His dreams of becoming a lawyer had been crushed and ground into fine pieces. After he had been discharged from the military, he returned home and began work as a local policeman. He quickly climbed the ranks, becoming the departments best tactician. He had attended several promotion ceremonies and meetings. Unfortunately, life cannot always be good. His mother had been kidnapped shortly after his most recent promotion. The higher ups had pursued the case for a couple months then quickly dropped it, slapping Arkady in the face. He had done so much for his city, and it had been swept aside like it were trash. This obviously prompted Arkady to leave the force. But, he didn't stop there. He quickly took matters into his own hands and started investigating it, vowing to do whatever he could.
This ultimately lead him to Chernarus, where he resides now. The outbreak occurs unbeknownst to him while he is far out in the country, chasing a lead.