Pavel was born in the Eastern side of Transnistrian Moldova, in the city of Tiraspol. Transnistria is a de facto sovereign state in the narrow strip of land between the river Dniester and the territory of Ukraine that is internationally recognized as part of Moldova. Pavel was born into a family of Moldovan and Romanian nationalists, known as Legionaries. His grandfather was a member of the Iron Guard during the interwar period. He was executed at the Vaslui labor camp in 1939 during the mass assassinates against the Legionaries.
Fast-forwarding to the post-apocalyptic present, Pavel came to Chernarus with a band of Transnistrian traders. They set foot through the Northern border and went South towards the survivor camps.