Gennady grew up in Belozersk, his mother died in childbirth and his father was a Krokodil addict. He was taken from his father at the age of five and placed in a Belozersk orphanage. He grew up hating his father and the people who put him in the position he was in, and by the age of 10 was doing drugs to cope. He found solace in the Východní Střelci, a local gang, and was initiated into the gang at age 12 when he was handed an old pistol and told to murder a member of their rivals. By the time the infection hit, he had grown his reputation to the point where he could get anything he wanted, which was made easier by the infection. When the gang was hunted by the new BPR, he narrowly avoided capture by going to the one place they were too scared to be -- South Zagoria.