Ivan Volkov, born 1984 into the lower class in Moscows slums. Raised by a hard working mother until the age of seventeen where he decided to enlist in the army to make a living.
Ivan Volkov came from nothing, he was a nobody who had nothing, he joined the army with the hopes of achieving something in life, he showed promising results in the enlisting process and served in the Russian Ground Forces for a few years before being selected for the Wager program by officials. A mercenary program for soldiers who on record did not have much to live for, they mainly selected people who had a background in poverty and usually were missing one or two parents. Ivan was sent to many diffrent conflicts around the world as a test subject part of a program that would disguise official russian spec ops units as mercs and hide Russian involvement in these conflicts.
The pay of Wagner private military contractors (PMCs), who are usually retired regular Russian servicemen aged between 35 and 55, is estimated to be between 80,000 and 250,000 Russian rubles a month. One source also stated the pay was as high as 300,000. When new PMC recruits arrive at the training camp, they are no longer allowed to use social network services and other Internet resources. Company employees are not allowed to post photos, texts, audio and video recordings or any other information on the Internet that was obtained during their training. They are also not allowed to tell anyone their location, whether they are in Russia or another country. Mobile phones, tablets and other means of communication are left with the company and issued at a certain time with the permission of their commander.
Passports and other documents are surrendered and in return company employees receive a nameless dog tag with a personal number. The company only accepts new recruits if a 10-year confidentiality agreement is established and in case of a breach of the confidentiality the company reserves the right to terminate the employee's contract without paying a fee. According to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Russian military officers are assigned the role of drill instructors for the recruits. During their training, the PMCs receive a 1,100 dollar monthly pay.
Ivan Volkov was with his PMC in Takistan during Operation: Arrowhead and later in South Zagoria shortly before the outbreak where he now is stuck.