Ali Chekov was a smuggler for a family that lived in Chernarussia. The Belinsky's had hired Chekov, among others, to bring in illegal contraband into the country. One of his visits ended with him being imprisoned by the local government. He was forced into solitary after his Muslim religion made him get in to trouble with the rest of the prison population. Fortunately being locked up made it easy to survive when the apocalypse came, and the living dead could do nothing but scratch at the metal door.