Ilya Zelenkov, born in Rostov, Russia, was raised in a rich family. His father, Denis Zelenkov, was an entrepreneur, who designed aircraft, Russian military being the main customer, so money in Zelenkov family was always more than enough. Ilya’s mother, Svetlana, mostly spent her time at home as a housewife, caring for her only child.
Ilya grew up well educated and was often spoiled by his parents. After the age of 14, Ilya began to get involved with a local gang, where he served as an informant at first. Later, however, Ilya began to help the adults in various criminal activities.
His relationship with parents grew worse and worse, when eventually Ilya moved out at the age of 16, staying with one of the members of the local gang he was working with. Denis, Ilyas father, tried his best to convince Ilya to come home, even hiring a private military company to get him out with force. However, the gang protected him, as he was an important piece in their success.
However, after Ilya turned 17, his mother, Svetlana, passed away, cause of death – cancer. Ilya felt guilty because he had no idea of her condition due to being away from home for so long. After realising what he had become, Ilya seeked his father’s help to get away from the criminal life, who did everything in his power to help him and succeding. Ilya took his studies seriously and passed high school with flying colors. He went on to study Economics in London.
Upon returning to Russia in 2008, Ilya was greeted by two men in his new apartment that his father had bought. The two men were dressed in expensive suits and made known that they had handguns on them. Ilya was informed by one the men that they were a part of SVR, and were in need of a new recruit. Ilya was a potential recruit due to his criminal past and his success in studies. Ilya had been on SVR’s watchlist since his teenage years. Ilya accepted, as the men would not take ‘no’ as an answer, and threatened to take him to prison with the crimes he had commited in his youth.
Ilya told his father that he was moving to United States. However, he was moving to Moscow, where he received basic military training and later advanced SVR training. As the training went on, Ilya started to enjoy his new life, which reminded him of the old days with the local gang in his youth days.
In 2012, Ilya was deployed to Syria as part of the Russian Army, where he gained combat experince. Two years later, he was moved to South Zagoria, Chernarus as an SVR agent and given a new identity. For a year Ilya shadowed a fellow agent in Chernogorsk. In 2015, Ilya was moved to Vybor to keep an eye on CDF and their activites in the nearby miltary base, as well as to report any other vital activities.
After the bombardment of the storage facility north of Severograd by Russia, and CAF retaliation, Ilya was contacted by Moscow to go into hiding, not revealing any details. Soon after, chaos ensued, revealing the virus that was taking over South Zagoria. Ilya seeked shelter in the wilderness, keeping his identity hidden.