Anton Novikov grew up in the outskirts of Chernogorsk. During his young teenage years, as he looking up to his older brother Boris, started getting in to trouble because the older brother Boris, who was a small time criminal, got cought with smuggling contraband and sent of to a military school. Everything from stealing cars, fight and get drunk. During turbulent high school years, Anton managed to get in trouble so many times he finally was expelled from school after he got caught trying to sell a pistol to a fellow student. He was after this sent to a military camp for problematic youngsters for 1 year. There Anton met his older brother Boris who went to the military school nearby. Boris had changed, he had matured. This had a profound impact on Anton who started taking the military camp serious and after 1 year he enlisted to the military where he served with excellence for a couple of years. After the army, Anton went back to chernogorsk to work as a taxi driver. Through old friends from the young day, Anton, together with this older brother Boris, started to smuggle contraband over the border such as cigarettes and alcohol. Having a good living as a taxidriver at that time was difficult, so the monthly income had to come from somewhere... And smuggling things across the boarder was easy as both Anton and Boris had been in the military they knew the right people. Smuggling cigarettes and alcohol later on developed to a more serious and dangerous, but more profitable business. Smuggling weapons.