Born to Nurpashi and Kariina Basayev. His father being a lower-middle class business owner in Grozny and his mother being a part-time worker in a textile mill.
Sulim and his 2 brothers were raised as you would expect. Not too lenient but if they did something wrong they didn't walk away unscratched. His father was a strict believer in harsh physical punishment shortly after something wrong had been committed. Being raised as a poorer family was a difficult time for Sulim's family. Not seeing the harsh reality of the world makes the generation born a lot softer his father would tell them. Sulim's father compensated that by being extra harsh with his punishments. "They'll thank me one day" he thought.
A few years after the first war had ended father had opened a restaurant in Grozny, it didn't make them rich by any means but it was something his father invested his money in and it has been looking up in recent years. With the totalitarian government broken Sulim's father took the chance to open up his business to the underworld. It's a dog eat dog world after all. Through this he established his "Mafia" and would later go on to "take over" the other small business' in the area.
This caused Sulim to get entrenched in the life of the underworld early. He was the oldest of his brothers so he was the one who was going to take over when his father passes away. He was very confident that he was up to the task though. He'd learn a lot about managing and taking care of the business long-term. He always did his best and never slacked, mostly because of being forced psychologically by his father's pride & discipline. Saying no to his father was something Sulim would never think of doing, even if he wasn't able to manage, he'd rather take the beating and humiliation than telling his father "No" so Sulim kept his mouth shut and worked without question until the day his father left never to return. After months of waiting for his father's return and attempting to keep the businesses from fighting for control Sulim finally had enough, stepping down from the position of leader that had been forced upon him allowing everyone under his father's control to fight over who would become top dog now, with the second Chechen war on the rise Sulim knew what had to be done, enlisting with a group of Chechnyan insurgents Sulim assisted in guerilla attacks on the Russian military for years losing almost all of the friends Sulim had met throughout his life. As the war began to draw to a close in 2009 Sulim knew if he was caught he'd be tried and most likely executed by the Russians, taking his chances he fled from Chechnya eventually entering the South Zagorian borders in an attempt to start a new life.