Richard lived a quiet life in Canada until his 20th birthday when he decided to go travelling around Asia. His family were hunters in addition to their day jobs and he picked up shooting from his father and foraging from his mother. He was quite the handy man as well as he took a job out of highschool in house building.
His travels brought him all over Asia, using a small book of translations for the various countries he went to. A couple weeks before the incident, he had made his way south of russia into the black mountains, deciding he'd hike from russia to the green sea and say hello to his grandfather on the way. Little did he know that as he entered he may never leave alive. The events happened while he was mostly on his own in the forests, though he interacted with the military and police a few times asking what was going on. Deciding he'd be better off camping in the woods, he went back to let things calm down, though he couldn't get too far. Any time he tried going too far out of Chernarus he would be met with small groups of military patrols that forced him back in or shot at him.
Today Richard is a survivor, but who knows what tomorrow will bring.