Born in Miroslavl after the fall of the Soviet overlords, Pavel was raised in a grassroots and traditional style. He was homeschooled by his mother, an idol maker for the local orthodox church and a bitter, but religions woman. He went to a local private high school however, under a careful watch by his father. When he turned 17 he was convinced to leave schooling by his father, at which point he joined the CDF in the fight against the ChDKZ. Never really having the opportunity to explore other political structures, religions, or cultures, and in combination with his father's indoctrination attempts, Pavel would be called a nationalist; and by some even slightly racist. His father, Gregor, fought in the civil war against the ChDKZ and inspired Pavel to take up the military path to fight for his family and by extent, his country.
At the start of the outbreak, Pavel was not near South Zagoria. He had taken his mother and siblings south; to Novigrad. After securing his immediate family's safety, he left east to help fight off the undead with his brethren in South Zagoria. Years later, his goals remain the same: to help stabilize the region, and keep foreign powers' presence out of his beloved homeland.