Stefan Syrovy was born in Moscow, RSFSR, Soviet Union, in 1981. At age eleven, his family emigrated to the United States. He soon developed a knack for learning languages, and by age fifteen he was fluent in English, Russian, and French. Attending the University of Southern California, he graduated in 2004 with a degree in journalism. After college, he worked in Russia for the French news agency Agence France-Presse. In 2009, Syrovy produced an exclusive report for Agence France-Presse investigating government-sponsored child soldiers in the Chernarus conflict. The investigative journalism done by Syrvoy led for an international outcry against the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star, which had been conscripting underage soldiers for use on the frontlines. This, as well as an investigation into the horrible mistreatment of foreign workers by Belarussian oligarchs in 2011, led him to be hired by VICE news. While working for VICE, Syrovy revisited Chernarus in 2016 with a small film crew, highlighting the mistreatment of ethnic Chernarussians by the AFRC under Lopotev’s direction. He was banned from the country following the publishing of the documentary, but when Lopotev was succeeded by Ivan Bernarus and Chernarus formally annexed into the Russian Federation, Syrovy was welcomed back into the country. In 2020, Syrovy returned to Chernarus to cover the Caedesviridae infection for VICE, and attempted to expose the radical mishandling of the situation by the government. In early March, the region’s borders were forcefully closed, trapping Syrovy and his film crew inside of Chernarus. Nevertheless, they continued reporting all the way into May, when the evacuations led to mass panic and confusion. Since then, Syrovy has struggled to survive in the post-outbreak world.