Yuri Kalinin, son of Ivan and Natalya Kalinin, was born in a long and cold winter, a short year before the collapse of the USSR. His was a simple family, his father Ivan was employed in the then state-owned coal power plant Белоцкая ТЭЦ-2 . It was no great job, but during the communist rule it was a rather secure employement and it was enough to get by.
However, just about a year after Yuri was born as the family's second son, the USSR collapsed, and Chernarus became an open, market-driven economy. The power plant was privatized in 1992, and everybody was enthusiastic about the economic upswing. An upswing that never actually happened. It was not even a full decade into the plant being privatized, when in the winter of 1999 a roof collapsed due to heavy snow, and, more importantly, skipped but much needed renovation investment. 14 workers, including Yuri's father, were buried by the greed for ultimate profit.
Tough times followed, but still my mother somehow managed to get me and my older brother through our youth, earning just enough to survive by cleaning the appartements and houses of others who had been luckier with the new free world. My brother finished secondary school and began his duty in the Chernarussian Defence Force in 2006.
The political unrest in their home country heated up just after Yuri had finished school as well two years later. With the economy going South, extremist voices were given more importance, and especially nationalist opinions seemed to pick up importance very quickly. For Yuri's family, despite having lived in Chernarus for generations, the situation became more and more uncomfortable as ethnic Russians. They had a bad feeling and it appeared to be more than rightful. It was one of the first warm days in 2009 when Yuri's mother went out to get some groceries. In front of the corner store she used to go to for decades, she was held up and brutally battered by a NAPA goon squad, for no reason but being a "Russian slut".
Five days later, she passed away in the hospital in Belozersk, succumbing to a head injury received on said day in 2009. Hearing what has happened, Yuri's brother Artyom deserted from the CDF, knowing they were more or less allying with the NAPA, took his younger brother, and the two fled North towards the Russian border. Wisely, Artyom had purloined two AK74Us, and while they were trying to get North through the forests, he did his best to teach his brother how to operate, maintain and use it if necessary.
The brothers reached the Russian border, but while attempting to sneak out of the country they ran into a Chedaki platoon. Both of them were eager to avenge their parents' deads - the father murdered by capitalism, the mother murdered by fascists - but the Chedaki only allowed Antyom to join them. They had no capacity or will to take Yuri with them, as he had no military experience at all. However they helped Yuri to get across the border, where they linked him up with the Russian Leninist Militia, a group of - from time to time quite rigorous - political activists supporting the cause of the Chedaki.
Yuri spent the next few years in Russia, first helping to smuggle funds and weapons into Chernarus during the civil war, and after the war had ended, he made significant contributions to the formation of an underground organization of idealists who were quite unhappy with the state of their beloved home country after the civil war. However, also due to the Chedaki's deeds, their political influence was minimal and they had little chances to change the world for the better. But when the infection hit, and the Chernarussian government collapsed altogether, he returned to his home-town to help bringing their dreams to surface. Soon, the movement became reality, and would be known as Belozersk People's Republic. He became part of a small militia known as the Belozerskiy Volki, with whom he soon after was deployed to South Zagoria.