Alexi was born to a poverty stricken family during the waning days of the Soviet Union in 1991, to a staunch pro socialist family of Soviet war veterans, his grandfather being apart of the Liberation of Berlin during the final chapter of World War II in Europe, and his own father serving as a Soviet Liaison Officer during the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan in the 80s. When the Soviet Union officially collapsed, all credibility for the Baranov family fell through, throwing the bunch into a deeper level of poverty they didn't realize existed. Virtually homeless, Alexi's once heroic father was forced to get a low paying and dangerous job in the Solnichniy Quarry Corporation in 1993, relying on a worn out bicycle to take him to and from work. His father was one of the first dozen of people to join the Working Man's Defense Alliance in the spring of 1997, and fought during Gregori Lopotev's violent protest against his bosses and local police over harsh working conditions and their low wage. Unfortunately for the Baranov family, life took yet another nose dive when his father was shot and killed by armed police during the protest when he refused to surrender.
However, despite the family's hardships, Alexi was pushed and driven to excel in his schooling for a better chance at life for himself and any future Baranov's he is to bring into the world. The fruits of his eventually paid off when he was able to graduate from primary school in the summer of 2007 and was given an opportunity to attend the country's publicly funded medical school in Chernogorsk where in two year's time the now pro-Russian Socialist group of the Red Star led by the same Gregori Lopotev came through and sacked the city, putting a halt to Alexi's schooling. Initially fearful, Alexi found courage and attempted to join Gregori's forces to walk in the wake his father had left, and initially accepted, the Chedaki command pursued him to return to his medical schooling when the occupation was over, as he would be of more use to the Chedaki forces as a Doctor over being a footsoldier. Partly distraught, Alexi returned to school when it was opened after the September Crisis, and graduated in 2011 as the first Doctor in his family's history. By 2013, he had residency in Chernogorsk as a cardiovascular surgeon, yet his allegiance remained to the Red Star Movement.