Alex grew up in a poor family in outer Syktyvar. Though their family were all Purebloods, Alex's family was quite poor, only being able to send them to Durmstrang through the generous patronage of a wealthy Pureblood sponsor that found Alex begging on the street. Though they had been able to make things happen from an early age (around 5 or 6), they were careful not to let "normal" people see this.
Though Alex often feels better than most people, they know that it is probably only from circumstances that they lucked into at birth. Alex's first magical sign came at the tender age of 5 years old.
They were only barely starting to learn to speak German, but that was okay, because the following happened all in their native Russian. Their older brother, Vladimir, came stumbling into their little house (more of a shack, really), having just been shot by a member of the Russian mafia. Their mother wanted some snow melted to treat his wound. Unfortunately, they had no form of heat that was quick enough that day. The snow had already been gathered, in preparation to become drinking water. Alex toddled over to it, waved his hand, blinked, and it was water already. Alex's mother, Nadiya came over, was in awe a bit, and quickly put the water to use.
Over the next decade, it was discovered that Alex did not need to use a wand in order to make magical things happen, or to cast spells. For more complicated spells, they did need a wand. However, for simple tasks, they do not need a wand. This was discovered out of chance. Alex was demonstrating how to cast the Protego charm, and, though they did not have their wand, the spell was cast regardless.
During their time at Durmstrang, Alex accomplished many notable things, such as achieving captain of their Quidditch team. They also achieved many scholarly things, such as acing all but their Potions and Herbology N.E.W.T.S.. On those two, Alex received an E.
Alex is now 25, and, after having worked as a Russian Auror for 5 years, they wish to go to Europe. Not only to make more money, but to really interact with more magical peoples.