Born in Korkino, Russia. He lost his family at a very young age in an accident. When he is younger he worked in coal mines in town and then he joined the army. Because of his superior physical abilities and keen tactical mind he stood out from the others. He was drafted to The Spetsnaz GRU, an elite commando unit working for Russian intelligence. He passed the training, a few could even finish, with excellence. He served in many operations in and outside of Russia. Especially with his achievements in Chechen war he received Medal of Honour. Because of the changes in political strategy of Russia, he was left out. But Ivan believed he still has much to do. After he worked as a mercenary in Middle East for a while, he met with Gladio and he became the leader of this organization.