Iosif Morozov grew up in the south of Russia, in a small region called North Ossetia-Alania. The region, whilst poor and unknown internationally, is extremely famous within Russia. Rich in culture, tradition and history, it is a central location for tourism. Iosif was born in Vladikavkaz, the capital of the republic. He grew up in a rather poor, but proud, family that once belonged to the notorious Russian royal family, reigning over the southern area of the Russian Empire. After the revolution, however, all of the lands and riches were seized, leaving the family with nothing. The revolution also forced them to normalize their name, changing it from Meshkati to Morozov, as a part of the socialist regime in which all were equal.
An enigma with the Russian authorities, Iosif Morozov is a someone who has managed to slip through the fingers of Russia's law enforcement time after time. His enigmatic presence within the high courts of Russia has always been questioned, yet he weaved his way in and out of it like a tide, ebbing and flowing. Operating under the guise of a lawyer, even though the government was fully aware of his involvement with other 'groups', he spent his time helping important individuals get out of prison early, or even without a proper sentence. Once Morozov was contacted by one organisation or another, there was no way that he wouldn't clear anyone accused of all charges.
A gifted lawyer and accountant, Iosif was the legal expert for a large group in St Petersburg, Russia - the Tambovskaya Bratva. A criminal organisation, Established in the early 90s, the group gained large notoriety for its involvement with the Central Bank of Russia and various protective, or extortionate, rackets. And, as any organisation that wished to stay clear of any legal enforcement, a representative had to be hired to steer the group clear of any danger. The man for the job was Iosif Morozov - a highly educated and intelligent lawyer who specialized in corporate law, although his expertise didn't end there. Able to trick and weave the Russian legal landscape, with his distant connections reaching out far into the hierarchical network of Moscow and St Petersburg, Iosif managed to build himself up as a notorious figure, a 'thief in law' as Russians call it. This earned him the nickname 'Storoz', or 'Guard'.
As the times reached near the date of the initial outbreak, Iosif found himself in his birthtown, Vladikavkaz, having to deal with yet another issue posed by the police, threatening a certain supply chain that connected from the city to Chernarus via train. Spending the few weeks in the city, Iosif began to realise that something was off as the government had suddenly stopped resisting his claims and switched their focus on something else. As Russia began to initiate martial law, with the undead emerging here and there, Iosif was cut off from a lot of the gang's resources due to a sudden legal lockdown. Thus, he had remained in Vladikavkaz, gathering his own resources until the message from an old acquaintance of his, a man by the name of CJ, popped up over a radio once more. Thus, Iosif is back in action.