Born in 1966 when Russia was still amongst the USSR, his father was a member of the military, and in turn, very prominent within the studies and manufacturing of new weaponry for the Soviet State. It was only expected that Yuriy would follow in his father's footsteps. However, with the fall of the USSR looming on the horizon, and Yuriy's career only beginning, he was forced to conform to a lifestyle within the service that had been considered new territory. His father committed suicide three days after the official record of collapse, yet he remained to continue his services to the Russian Army.
Maintaining a career position, much like his father before him, he had risen to the rank of Major, yet the civil war and the tensions between Chernarus would test not only his patience, but his own morality as well. Having been a vocal contester of the bombings that ravaged the former USSR military base, he made a few enemies amongst his higher-ups, yet he still did not waver from his stance on the interaction between Chernarus and Russia.
He was forced to resign after the bombing of the countryside to resist the orders to assist in the operation, yet he was not fully made aware of what the situation actually entailed. He had returned to his family's farm for a quiet life when news struck of the strange attacks, the vicious spread of a "rabies-like virus", alongside images of a ravaged Chernarus.
It was only a matter of time before the first infected were found scraping at the gates of his farmhouse.