Red was born in a small town outside of Kursk. Through his life his father built him on respect, courage, honor, and loyalty. His father also paid a significant sum to have tutors assist with teaching Red English. With both movies and the help of tutors his English accent grew. When he became an adult he immediately signed up for military service. He passed through training and into deployment quickly, finding easy in military intelligence. After his first five year tour he was approached by members of GRU, one of the top intelligence agencies of Russia. He didn't hesitate to accept the position. Because of his quality English, Red found himself quickly enveloped in top secret information. One of his first tasks was to infiltrate the UN and find out what information the UN had on a disease that was growing in a country to the south, Chernarus.
Eventually Red was brought on as a research assistant to this very deadly and contagious disease. The country of Chernarus was in chaos because of the military insurgent and the civil war that was enveloping the country. Martial law was declared and he noticed that most of the Red Cross / UN members there were not evacuated. Frankly no one was being evacuated. All information out of the country suddenly became quiet, as if something terrible had happened. The lab tests of the disease showed that the virus was evolving, and mutating its host into something different. Side effects seemed to be great aggression, ignoring pain, willingness to mutilate ones self in pursuit of food, complete disregard for normal bodily needs such as needing to relieve ones self as they just did it where they stood. Complete disregard for hygiene or need of warmth or cool temperatures.
After the information stopped flowing, and most of his research team moved onto other topics, he found himself returning to Moscow to report his findings. He was then tasked by his CO to enter Chernarus and find out what is going on there. To find any information on the plague and to see if it was meant to be a weapons test by a western power. Finding his way into Chernarus would not be easy though, as the UN contracted Russia into assisting with a complete blockade of the country. No one in or out. However the GRU assisted Red with finding a way into the country via small raft at night.
Now Red finds himself in strange land with no known authorities or law. As he lands he can hear gunshots and explosions in the distance, seeing some figures shambling around in the darkness and hearing loud ravines dogs barking over their territory.