Johan is a bastard. He'd say it himself, but it is more literal than he thinks.
He was born to Igor Nozokov and Katarina Rostova; and was raised as a military kid. His father, a CDF Major, had little time for his son or his wife; and as a result Johan grew very close to his mother and his "uncle" Viktor. It was even remarked that Johan looked much more like Viktor than Igor; and surely took after him in faith as well. He was raised to be open minded, but at the same time pressured by Viktor to be a more devout Muslim. He practiced in secret, and still does because of the numerous people who despise islam in Chernarus. He is a calm, collected boy, and somewhat withdrawn. He has been through many things, including abuse by his real father, and after 2014 when his Uncle left to join the war for Donbass in Ukraine, he felt abandoned. he ran from home several times, and found sympathy with the gangs of nearby Vybor. The things he was forced to do; the people who see saw die and eventually; the people who he ended, still haunt him to this day.
At the start of the outbreak, Igor (his "father"), Viktor (his "uncle") and his mother Katarina evacuated to the main Vybor Airfield; and took shelter in the military housing there. That was the first mistake, as infected soon swarmed the gates and it was declared they would retreat to underground missile silos for safety. Viktor urged his family to leave; that the fences and the provisions would only last so long, but Igor would not have it. It was decided, Viktor would leave for Novodimitrosk. After listening to his uncle, Johan decided he would leave too. The night before they were to be airlocked into the silos, he stole a small handgun and provisions off a sleeping guard on the southern border of the Airfield, and using bolt cutters cut a way through the fence. He began his new journey to Miroslavl, where his aunt lived, and the rest is history.