Yuri lived his entire life in Novigrad, where he learned from a young age that he had a knack for getting around. In middle school Yuri had broken records on his Track and Field team and in cross country, in highschool he represented the province at a national level. After high school Yuri was offered a scholarship to a university in Canada, however Yuri didn’t have the grades to attend university and was forced to stay home in Chernarus. He wished to move out, but couldn’t afford it, so he moved in with his grandmother and uncle in Electrozavodsk where he got a job as a pizza delivery guy at his uncles shop, Yuri delivered pizzas for about a year until his uncle thought of him as trustworthy enough to deliver the real goods. Yuri's uncle would give him duffel bags to drive to other neighboring towns and cities. On one occasion when he was delivering to Berezino, it was late at night. All of a sudden a man appeared in the road, Yuri swerved to evade him and crashed his car into the woods. The man then attacked him. Yuri killed him, grabbed the duffel bag and ran to the woods. Yuri checked the bag, it had pistols and sub machine guns, all with the serial numbers filed off. Yuri began to walk to Berezino, when he crested the hill he saw the city in flames. Yuri took the bag and ran back into the forest.