Ivan grew up within a fairly wealthy household for Chernarussian standards. His father was an officer in the CDF, known for always being around whenever he was needed, and respected among the people. At age 18 Ivan joined the military academy and graduated a year later with respectable grades. During the civil war within Chernarus, Ivan's father was deployed with the Chernarussian military, and subsequently died fighting at some point during the conflict. Ivan remained a soldier until the outbreak, being promoted to Captain a few months before the initial situation. He did his utmost to do whatever he was ordered to do until there was no more orders being given. He is one of few surviving CDF soldiers still trying to keep the people of Chernarus safe.
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