Yuri Gregorian Chantski was born in the Ukraine and grew up in an orphanage in Berezna. Upon turning 17 he decided to leave Berezna and travel to see the world. Unfortunately he only made it as far as a small former soviet country called Chernarus. The merchant ship Yuri was travelling on docked in a port on the south coast of Chernarus, in a town called Elektrozavodsk. He went ashore to see the sights but soon found himself caught up in a citywide panic with people running around screaming and bleeding from horrific wounds. Apparently the victims had been attacked and the wounds were inflicted upon them by fellow citizens who had been infected by some extreme form of madness. It was believed to be caused by some viral infection and spread rapidly after a person was attacked and bitten by someone who was infected, where upon they would behave like wild animals biting and eating their fellow citizens.
Yuri did his best to escape the outbreak and managed to head into the hills of the surrounding countryside of Elektrozavodsk where all he could do was attempt to survive and work out how he was going to escape the country alive. He had trained as an electrician in the Ukraine so he began to put himself to use by trying to restore power to the stricken country, he travelled the country fixing the overhead wires that transverse the map of Chernarus. Yuri is a friendly helpful person who gives aid to whoever he meets who is in need of help and will talk your ears off as he spends a lot of time working alone in the remote regions of the map, so if you give him the opportunity to listen to his stories he will talk for days.