Alek Vladimirovich Kotov, was born to a Russian father and American mother. He was born in Leningrad, modern day St. Petersburg, and for the majority of his life, he was raised in America under a mixed roof. While he was young, he did visit family in Russia. Every year he would go to Russia for a week. He lived in a house hold where Russian was spoken but he mostly forgot it since it was never used publicly. He did gain official American citizenship but also retains his Russian citizenship.
When Alek was 19, both his parents were killed in the Moscow Bombing while on a vacation touring the father's homeland. According to the news, a terrorist organization, NAPA, claimed responsibility. Since Alek was an adult at this time, 19, he was sole heir to the inheretence. He had to cone to Moscow and identify his parents. He had them both cremated together. Thier ashes were spread with the rest of his family across America and Russia. Since Alek had no family back in the United States, when he finished spreading the ashes of his parents, he stayed with an uncle in Russia.
During his time in Russia, he helped his uncle move to Chernarus. After a month of being with his Russian family, he went back to America to try and get back to having a life. After being in America for years and living off his great inheritence and working as a salesman, he would continue to visit his Russian family every year.
When the pandemic began, Alek was not able to work or visit his family. He did maintain contact with them over the internet and even made friends with other people in Chernarus through connections with his family.
In January 2020, when Russia reopened its borders to tourists, Alek left immediately. He had decided to stay longer than the usual week. He applied for a Visa and went to Chernarus and went to work for his uncle at a gun store.