Shortly before the infected came, he visited Livonia. The goal of this trip was to visit his brother, who had relocated to Livonia 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 research offer from the Livonian military. After the 1991 revolution, his brother had begun working as a doctor at a hospital in Nadbor. Valery arrived in Nadbor about two weeks before the outbreak spread to Livonia. When he arrived in Nadbor, he spent time with his family. When the outbreak did occur, Valery was unable to find transport to the nearest airport to fly back to Smolensk. One day, he went to visit his brother's house, as he had been staying in a hotel. He arrived to find that his brother and his family had been killed by infected.
Valery, trapped in Livonia, stole a car and attempted to drive to the Russian border. However, he was stopped by the Livonian military before they could leave Nadbor. Stranded, he decided his best chance was to try to survive in Livonia. Over time, Valery adapted to the new situation. While taking shelter at a military checkpoint near Brena, 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 Livonia 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 Livonia, even proposing to gather a group of engineers and electricians to restore the power grid of at least Nadbor. 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?