:Pictured above is Max during civil unrest in Chernarus at the start of the infection:
Maxim 'Max' Khovanov was born on July 16th, 1992 to Leo and Ana Khovanov in Miroslavl, Chernarus. His father owned a medium sized shop in Miroslavl, and his upbringing was comfortable, compared to what it could have been. He was born after the fall of the Soviet Union, so his experiences and expectations of things differed from his parents'; they had lived through communism, and it had made them cynical, but self-reliant and strong. He never understood his parents attitudes on things, and he saw them as more negative than was really needed. He didn't understand what they had been through, and he was naive to how quickly things could change for the worse. While his parents were cynical and frugal, they still made it possible for him to go to good schools and get proper education. They believed that education and a broader perspective was the key to success. Because of this, they made it possible for him to attend school in America for his last 2 years of high school. He would end up going to college in America as well, before eventually making the choice to join UN forces to support people in need around the world.
The start of the infection in South Zagoria would be what would bring him back home, but this time it was with UN forces focused on helping civilians in need amidst all the chaos of the riots and the confusion.