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Pagovich was born on March 3rd, 1941, in the small city of Coho (known in Russian as Soborgornye or Соборгорные) – now a part of the New Washington metro area. His parents, Bogomil Pagovich (1917-1980), a longshoreman, and Yelena Kolev (1916-1957), a waitress, had three other children: Danilo (b. 1937), Natasha (b. 1939) and Andrey (b. 1951).
After Pagovich's mother died in 1957, the family began to fall apart. Natasha became engaged to an American soldier, and moved to New Washington, taking her 6-year-old brother Andrey with her. Danilo left the country and settled in Vostok, Bellinsgauzenia; while Pagovich's father, Bogomil, turned to alcohol. Dmitri left home at 16, and after being fired from several jobs, he began to become involved in gang violence.
He occasionally stayed with his sister during this period, but he resented the fact that she and her family lived very "American-style" lives, and only spoke English at home.
During his involvement with the local 'gang warfare', Pagovich gradually became more anti-American, and began to support Russo-Antarctic nationalism. Rival gangs were often composed of different ethnic groups (American, Russian and Indigenous), which increased the nationalistic feelings of many youths such as Pagovich.
In the early 60s, Russian nationalist paramilitary/terrorist groups began to emerge, the most notable of which was the Russian Continental Army.