Born during the decline of the Soviet Union, Yuri was privileged enough to live a comfortable life in Vladivostok through his developmental years. Always a bit of a daredevil, once he finished his college schooling he enlisted to the Russian Army as a member of the parachute corps, the VDV. Having served with his unit for some time, including through the mysterious operation in Chechnya, which he will often elude to, but never go into detail about.
Recently his unit received orders to deploy into Chernarus to protect the southern border from any attempts at being overrun from within, which he and his unit accomplished both by limiting the munitions available to civilians, as well as increasingly moving them southward away from the border. Though they were peaceful in their attempts to manage the general populace of the country, things grew increasingly difficult as dissenters grew more and more vocal, and the local military failed to uphold their own commitments.
Throughout the occupation of the VDV he assisted in the disarmament of many heavily armed civilians, but grew increasingly discontent at the CDF's ability to police their own country properly. Things escalated after the CDF assisted in the protection of known terrorists in Chernorgorsk, as well as the theft of property of fellow VDV members that were injured in duty. Shortly after confronting the superior officer of the CDF regarding these facts he was short and wounded by a terrorist disguised as a CDF soldier operating out of the CDF's own barracks. As the war between the CDF and VDV quickly spiraled out of control following the ambivalence of the CDF to what happened to him, Yuri managed to get into the surrounding woods and tended to his wounds before blacking out.
Waking later he heard about the VDV leaving the country, and though he attempted to meet up with his fellow soldiers at the airport, his wounds slowed him and he missed his flight out. Now trapped in a country he has no love for, he works tirelessly to try and find any information about a means to get home to his family and to his comrades.