Sasha was born to a young couple who had just gotten married, before his father, Anton, went to serve in the CDF. His mother, Anna, was a nurse at the local hospital in Miroslavl, and as such, received above average care during her pregnancy. After he was born, they moved to Zelenogorsk in South Zagoria, since his father was stationed at the local base under the 66th Mechanized. Anna abandoned her medical career and instead opened a shop, which allowed her to make extra income on top of Anton’s wages from the military, while still being able to raise her son. As such, Sasha lived a relatively comfortable life, and had little to worry about, compared to some of the more impoverished families in the SZ Oblast. While growing up, his father would always encourage him to provide continuously to the state, and help Chernarus grow and prosper. As Sasha grew up, this turned him into somewhat of a patriot, and expressed his wish to join the military like his father when he was 7, which pleased Anton, but worried Anna. Anna however taught him to respect others, and take other people’s circumstances into account, before making judgements, as well as to show compassion, even if he wants to value the state above all else like Anton. Thus, Sasha was left trying to maintain a steady balance between both standpoints, as he did not wish to disappoint his mother or father.
Sasha one week prior to his conscription.
However, 2009 would change him forever, as the civil war was to break out that year. Anna was killed in the civil war by a ChDKZ patrol while trying to protect Sasha. Sasha was then subjected to a brutal beating by the patrol, before being left for dead. Luckily, US Marines were in the process of beginning a counterattack to liberate the city, and so the ChDKZ patrol retreated, leaving Sasha for dead, however he was recovered by a squad of marines and brought to a field hospital. As more and more units retreated westwards, he and Anton prepared for the worst. Anton was soon drafted into the military, being incorporated into the 22nd “Svarog” Mechanized Battalion, leaving Sasha to fend for himself for the most part.
Anton took his wife’s death hard, becoming even more nationalistic and xenophobic towards anybody who wasn’t Chernarussian, and outright hating anybody of Russian descent. After the civil war, he soon left the military, in order to raise his son, but instead turned into a drunk, trying to overcome the grief of his wife’s death. This meant Sasha was emotionally left alone, trying to overcome his mother’s death, while struggling with school, and his father’s drunken ramblings and antics. Over the years, he became more like his father, adopting some of his nationalistic views, and an extreme xenophobia towards Russians. However, his mother’s lessons stayed with him, and so, while not a fan of foreigners, he didn’t hate them, but didn’t like them either.
In 2015, Sasha and Anton moved back to Miroslavl, as they tried to leave behind the horrible memories and experiences they suffered in the civil war. This helped for a time, and Anton was able to become sober, and started working at a local factory. Things seemed to be getting better, however this would not last for long. In July 2017, the infection had broke out, and had taken South Zagoria by storm. Sasha didn’t think much of it at the time, comparing it to the western movies Anton would sometimes bring back for them to watch. He had full faith that the now mighty CDF, helped to grow in strength and power thanks to the Kozlov regime which he and Anton both supported with a zealous attitude, would be able to handle the infection swiftly, and with ease. However, when he seen the 45th Kladivo Tank Battalion move towards Miroslavl AFB, retreating from the South Zagoria Oblast, he felt that the situation was going to get dire, and the news only confirmed this suspicion.
As more and more units retreated westwards, he and Anton prepared for the worst. Anton was soon drafted into the military, being incorporated into the 22nd “Svarog” Mechanized Battalion, leaving Sasha to fend for himself for the most part.
Sasha (Right) undergoing CBRN training at a training installation near Miroslavl.
In June 2019, he received a letter that detailed his conscription. He reacted with mixed feelings, happy to be serving his country, but worried about where he would be stationed. When writing these concerns to Anton, Anton only wrote back 3 words “Serve your country.” And so he did, boarding the bus along with other conscripts from all age groups, as they transported them to a training site outside of Miroslavl. The training was gruelling, but what was more gruelling was learning that he would be enlisted into the 31st NBC Battalion. His father would often write about the rumours he heard about them, and talk about it from the other conscripts there didn’t help him. He has now finished his training, and is on his way to South Zagoria to meet up with the 31st NBC Battalion.