Niko Volkov was a rowdy child, throughout his youth he would run off to smoke cigarettes and drink. when he finally turned 13 he joined a gang and sold low end narcotics all around his town. He would get arrested 5 times before the age of 20. He fled to Chernobyl after he had killed a man while driving drunk. He continues his criminal activities here. When the zombie outbreak occurred he found himself lost and didn't know how to react. He began raiding stores and collecting a massive amount of cigarettes and cheap liquor. He found himself using these items as bartering tools and created a small stockpile of handguns.