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Valery Kuznetsov
Character information
  1. Alias
    Larry, Val
  2. Mental
  3. Morale
  4. Date of birth
    1964-10-03 (55 years old)
  5. Place of birth
    Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
  6. Nationality
  7. Ethnicity
  8. Languages
    Russian, English, Ukrainian
  9. Relationship
    Yulia Pavlovna Kuznetsova (wife, deceased)
  10. Family
    Alexei (brother, deceased), Ekaterina (sister-in-law, deceased), Iosif (nephew, deceased), Aleksandr (nephew, deceased)
  11. Religion
    Russian Greek Catholic Church


  1. Height
    182 cm
  2. Weight
    72 kg
  3. Build
  4. Hair
    Dark brown
  5. Eyes
  6. Alignment
    Neutral Good
  7. Features
    Relatively poor eyesight for which he wears glasses
  8. Equipment
    Black gloves
  9. Occupation
    Nuclear engineer, Deacon
  10. Affiliation
    Praetorian Guard
  11. Role


Early Life


Valery Dimitrovich Kuznetsov  was born in the late 1964 in Kiev, in the Ukrainian SSR. His father was a prominent bureaucrat with the local Communist Party, so he was afforded many luxuries growing up. He often recalls of his childhood. Vacations near the Black Sea. Winters in Moscow. It was an easy life, comparatively speaking, for young Valery. Despite his pampered lifestyle, Valery was nothing short of patriotic. His family, although now Ukrainian, originated from Russia. His great-great-grandfather had settled in the Ukraine during the reign of Tsar Alexander II. Since that time, Valery's family had grown in status to become a respected family in Kiev. After the October Revolution and subsequent annexation of Ukraine by the Soviet Union, Valery's family became civil servants. Even though he often spoke Russian at home, his experience at school still made him fluent in Ukrainian. This tradition continued to Valery's grandfather, and father. However, Valery had other plans in mind for himself. 

Young Adulthood and Education


In 1982, when he turned 18, he joined the Red Army and served a tour in Afghanistan. His time in Afghanistan left him shaken. Although he had signed up willingly, as part of his patriotic duty, he soon regretted it. The horrors of war he experienced in Afghanistan hardened him. It made him a quiet, colder man. He did not like sharing his experiences, unless the situation merited it. Much of the time, the most people could extract from him about his service was that he had been in Afghanistan in the first place. His time in the Army, although important to his development, was not well received by Valery. When it came time for him to leave in 1985, he asked to remain in the reserves, which was accepted. After his formal discharge from front line duty, he attended Moscow State University.

While at Moscow State University, he studied nuclear physics. Often regarded as one of the top in his class, he was allowed to compete for credits. His tuition being covered by his military service. The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident had disillusioned many students with nuclear physics, so Valery was in a rather small class. While he was at university, he studied English. As he learned from a British teacher, he did not develop a strong Ukrainian accent when speaking English, but a slight accent was still detectable. Even so, the profession was respectable, and would earn him much prestige and a comparatively good salary. While he was at university, Valery joined the Communist Party at the behest of his father. Although he did not particularly care for politics, he realised that being a party member could only help his career. He graduated from the university in 1989 with a masters' degree in nuclear physics. 



After this, he moved his residence to Minsk, where he worked on the local nuclear power station. While in Minsk, he met and married a woman named Yulia. Their marriage was prosperous, and remained so for the rest of her life. Valery and Yulia were living in Minsk when the Soviet Union fell. After the fall, Valery moved himself and his wife to Smolensk. While in Russia, Valery and his wife began to attend local Russian Greek Catholic church services. In 2001, Valery was ordained as a Deacon of the Russian Greek Catholic Church. His years in the Soviet military, as well as his time in university, had earned him fluency in Russian and in English. Because of his experience and seniority, he was promoted to the Chief Engineer at the Smolensk Nuclear Power Station. Valery would permanently move his residence to Smolensk, and gained Russian citizenship in 2000. Unfortunately, in 2006, Yulia contracted cervical cancer. She died in 2009 of complications related to the disease, leaving Valery heartbroken.

The Outbreak

Shortly before the infected came, he visited Chernogorsk. The goal of this trip was to visit his brother, who had relocated to Chernarus shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. The reason for his relocation was not entirely clear to Valery, although he speculated it was probably some medical assignment from the military. After the 1991 revolution, his brother had begun working as a doctor at a Chernogorsk hospital. Valery arrived in Novigrad about two weeks before the outbreak began. When he arrived in Chernogorsk, he spent time with his family. When the outbreak did occur, Valery was unable to find transport to Miroslavl to fly back to Smolensk. Valery remained in his room at the International Hotel, believing the situation would resolve itself shortly. One night, he heard loud explosions outside and left to investigate. At the time, his brother and family had been dining with him in the restaurant of the hotel. He assured them that he would return shortly. When he did return, however, he discovered that a plane had crashed into the hotel. In the rubble, his brother's whole family had been killed.

Valery, trapped in Chernarus, stole a car and attempted to drive to Miroslavl.  However, he was stopped by the Chernarussian military before they could leave South Zagoria. Stranded in a town not far outside Chernogorsk, he decided their his chance was to try to survive in Chernarus. Over time, Valery adapted to the new situation. While taking shelter at a military checkpoint near Kamenka, the checkpoint was overrun. While Valery was able to escape, he lost a great deal of hope that night, as well as his car. This experience only hardened Valery's will for survival, as he felt that surviving would spite the cruel forces which had prematurely ended the life of his brother.

Although his time in Chernarus has not endeared him to the region, he hopes to make the best of it, until he can return to Smolensk. He is eager to rebuild a functioning society in Chernarus, even proposing to gather a group of engineers and electricians to restore the power grid of South Zagoria. He believes many of these endeavors to be foolish notions of a time gone by, yet he refuses to sacrifice his morality in a place where so many have turned to thievery, slavery and cannibalism. Ultimately, is not our morality what makes us human?





  • Books
  • Smoking
  • The Winter
  • Cooking
  • Brooding


  • Wolves
  • Incompetence
  • Liars and Thieves
  • Inefficiency

Valery is a quiet man. He does not speak much with most people. With people he is familiar with, Valery is very willing to carry out a conversation. However it will still be a burden on his soul. He has a special distaste for the Wolfpack, as he credits them with the injury of several people close to him. He regrets that he has lost contact with many of the people he has met before, and hopes to contact them again one day. He hopes that he can leave Chernarus and return to Smolensk, to his old life, to forget everything that happened. However, for the time being, he is stuck and Chernarus; and so he has adopted a philosophy of being appreciative of what he has currently. Even though he may not show it, he truly cares about the people around him; and does not wish to see them unhappy. 


1 Comment


I ran across this man in a small village while he was under attack by a couple reekers. I leapt into action and don't regret taking a few lumps in his defense, I owe him my life. Together we cleared the area of danger and patched up. We journeyed along the coast, finding weapons and supplies enough to keep us safe and fed for a couple of days. We kept each other alive through several brutal encounters with the dead. We share a similar background and I learned that he wants to put his talent in engineering towards rebuilding the local infrastructure. I've never been much good with a wrench but we could accomplish a lot with a working power grid..

 He's the first guy I've laid eyes on since I've woken up here, I trust him. If he needs backup I'll be there for him.

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