V A S I L E Y S T E P A N O V Y C H
Vasily Olexandr Stepanovich was born in 1972 to a lower middle-class family living in Belozersk as the oldest of three siblings. Vasily's father was the director at an electrical parts' factory while his mother taught English at school. Both of Vasily's parents worked full time, giving their children as much attention that they could while still providing food on the table. The region of Belozersk where Vasily was born and lived was one of the poorest in the country, so Vasily's childhood education consisted of street brawls, misdemeanors, and general roughhousing. He enjoyed playing football (soccer), but the hobby grew into something more as the boy grew. In his teenage years, and at his mother's insistence, he learned to speak English. It was also around this time that he learned to play chess, which him and his father played regularly when the old man came home from work.
As Vasily grew, his talents and his flaws grew more acute. The teenager was able to secure a spot at a selective boarding school in Mirsoslavl because of his football skills - however, he was expelled less than two years later for impulsive, violent behavior. Vasily returned to his native Belozersk to finish school. Here he struggled just as he had at the boarding school, and relegated to spend more of his time on the soccer field than in class. Despite this, he graduated at the lower end of his class in 1991, just as Chernarus gained its independence.
Belozersk was one of the regions worst economically affected by the new nation-state's independence. Previously, Russian/Soviet cashflow had stimulated the economy and allowed the government's large welfare programs to continue. But with Chernarus independent, this cash influx stopped, and with it, so did the many pension and welfare programs. His family suffered, but Vasily saw an opportunity in what was to be new Chernarussian national football team.
Vasily tried out for, and got on, Chernarus' first national team as a striker. He quickly distinguished himself as the team's leading defender, and earned the popular nickname "Vasya" labeled on him by some of Chernarus' leading newspapers. The fresh country and its new team were skilled, but inexperienced - and with every game the group grew closer together, and learned to function as a unit. For Vasiley, this was the happiest time of his life. He followed the team to the 1994 World Cup, where Chernarus beat Greece, Cuba, and Australia before being eliminated by Germany. Nevertheless, the fame and report earned by the team and its players made them all national heroes. Vasily returned to Belozersk to a Ceaser's triumph, and quickly became a local, if not national, celebrity.
Vasily continued to play football until 2000, when he beaten badly by military police after a drunken brawl at a bar. The police, who attacked him ruthlessly with nightsticks, broke multiple bones and left the football star with a permanent limp. He tried to fight his attackers in court, but lost - and without his lifelong sport to console him, fell into a deep melancholy. It was there where he fell in with a group of political extremists calling themselves the Belozersk Revolutionary Front - a faction calling for the immediate secession of Belozersk from the Republic and an accord with Russia, and a return to the days of socialism. They showed Vasily all the ways that he had been wronged by the government. Though not a political man by any sense, the celebrity status he enjoyed from his football days, added to a strong speaker's voice and tact for diplomacy made him the forefront spokesperson in the group within a few months of joining. Though never in a position of leadership, he was extremely good at collecting donations and riling up citizens to support the party.
A few years later, in 2008, the Chernarussian Civil War broke out. Russians and communists fought nationalists and Chernarussians. The Revolutionary Front sent a company of volunteers to assist the ChDKZ in South Zagoria, and Vasily went with them. Here, Vasily discovered a new talent - marksmanship. He was given first a spotter's scope and assigned to a small recon team, where he met two brothers, Roma and Kirov. The two boys, though much younger than Vasily, taught him what he needed to know. Eventually, due to talent and attrition within the unit using a Dargunov designated marksmanship rifle, Vasily was credited with eight kills. However, due to his high profile (being a famous football player) he was put on a government wanted list.
But the end of the Chedaki was not the end of Vasiley. Jiri Vlasek, a smuggler who brought arms from Russia into Chernarus, agreed to traffic Vasiley and a few other remnants into Russia, past the authorities. Vasiley was given a new name, with a Russian passport, and moved to Sochi. Keeping in touch with Jiri (who he owed a great debt to for saving his life) he was informed about the happenings in Chernarus while working switching from job to job, tutoring kids to play football and then working for the 2014 Olympic Games in his new home city. Life took a turn for the monotonous - but nevertheless Vasiley was happy, meeting a nice girl and finally, it seemed, putting his violent past behind him.
But his luck wasn't that great. FSB agents (he was still labeled as a terrorist by both the Russian Federation and the Chernarussian Republic) arrived at his flat one afternoon as he was watching the news about some strange disease racking his homeland of Chernarus. Though he managed to slip away, he knew he would never be safe in Russia again. As he listened on the car radio about the collapse of law and order in South Zagoria, he realized he did have an opportunity to escape - though it wouldn't be into the peaceful paradise he had wanted. Coming back into Chernarus, where the CDF had retreated and the Russian Federation had no jurisdiction, Vasiley made contact with his old friend Jiri...