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I can tell you he's not siberian, he says so himself when you first enter the gunshop
OK, and now first hand info on the topic!
First of all, when he enters the shop, he says "...and I am not the russian!"
I live in Serbia, and so I have to say a few words...
For you, we are all the same, but in the european continent, there are a lot of nations living in a relativelly small area. We are located on the balkan peninsula, and we are much closer to the italy and adriatic sea (wich was the part of our country before war) than to Russia. There are few countries between us and russians... We weren't in same block during the cold war neither. We were in the same country with croatia, slovenia, macedonia, bosnia and monte negro. So, these are very similar with serbian language and folklor... Russian is little different. In the game - there are ocasions where a lot of eastern europe languages appear, symbolising a lot of immigrants from all over the east of europe.
Niko or Nikola is typical serbian name. Bellic (pronounced something like - bellich, not belliK) is typical last name from serbia. The language he speaks is also serbian - I know of that because I understand it. It is not russian, slovenian, albanian nor croatian. Plain serbian... The story behind Niko, his language and everything else is connected with serbia. He maybie wears russian outfit, but in America there are a lot of stuff from all over the old continent, and that is the point... He will not wear only serbian stuff. Serbia is small country and thus, cannot supply outside it's own borders.
My BIIIG dissapointmen is that the serbian voiceover was given by american narator, so it sounds veeery unnatural and unaccurate. Also they were literarlly translating phrases, that lead to inacurate sentences... They COULD find genuine serbian in USA - couldn't they ?
I hope that, now - I cleared up things a little...
Niko Bellic is a fictional character from Eastern Europe in the Grand Theft Auto video game series. He is the main protagonist and playable character of Grand Theft Auto IV.
Niko was born in Yugoslavia and grew up in Serbia. His father was an alcoholic, who bullied him. His mother, Milica, had a maternal and caring nature; she regretted that a decent person like Niko was forced to grow up in such a harsh environment. He fought during the Kosovo War, where he witnessed and committed numerous atrocities, leading to his cynical view on life. His war experiences and upbringing have led to him having a cynical take on life, ultimately leading to profound feelings of regret and depression. A defining moment in the war, for Niko, was when his army unit of fifteen young men were ambushed by the enemy. Niko barely escaped and most of his friends were killed. He later discovers that two other members of the unit also survived, he concludes that one of those two sold the unit out for money. Niko vows to track down the culprit, motivated not solely by revenge, but a need for closure - in order to move on with his own life.
When the war ended, work was hard to come by for Niko. His cousin, Roman, moved to America to start a new life in Liberty City. Niko, knowing only violence, turned to the criminal underworld for the next ten years, while at the same time searching for the two other men who survived the ambush. At some point during this interval, he briefly spent time imprisoned. Sometime after he was released, Niko joined a human trafficking ring run by Rodislav Bulgarin. Niko eventually discovers that Florian Cravic, one of the two survivors of the ambush, was also living in Liberty City.
During one smuggling run into Italy, the boat Niko was working on was attacked and sank into the Adriatic Sea. Niko managed to swim to safety, but everything else was lost. Bulgarin, needing someone to blame, accused Niko of sinking the boat and escaping with the money onboard. Niko denied this, but Bulgarin refused to believe him and was too powerful to fight back, so Niko quickly joined the merchant navy and fled from Bulgarin. He spent the next seven months at sea, befriending the crew of the Platypus and contemplating Roman's request for him to come to America. Roman had been asking Niko to come to Liberty City to share a new life of a mansion, cars, money and women, which Niko desired, but primarily needing to locate Cravic and evade Bulgarin's wrath.
Upon arriving in Liberty City, Niko realizes that Roman's prior tales of success were embellished; he actually lives in a tiny apartment, runs a small taxi depot and owes gambling debts across the city to several criminals. Niko ends up working for Roman, protecting his cousin from the loan sharks that keep harassing him. Roman soon loans Niko's services to friends and enemies alike, which angers Niko, although he needs the money, and sets in motion the events of the game.
Niko's view of American culture is one of confusion and mild disgust. The rampant materialism annoys him and he has trouble relating to Roman's fascination with the country. Plus, after working for so many criminals, he feels that everyone in Liberty City is a crook.
Niko's personality shows him being a rather stern but caring figure. He tends to alternate between anger and plain sarcasm. He can, at times, be a very caring figure - when he sees various people on the streets having a bad time, he feels obliged to help them with whatever problem they have. However, he is also known to criticize people's jokes (such as when Packie jokes over the death of Francis) and shout at people who argue irrationally. He also brings people to reality in a flat-out way ("We're not on a sight-seeing cruise!"). The most significant aspect of his personality is his cynicism, which he gained in the war. His main weakness is his inability to let go of the past - a weakness that causes him much aggression when the issue of finding Darko and Florian comes up. Knowledge of their whereabouts matter more to Niko than money and he will often ask his employers to help him find them. Another aspect of his personality is his distaste for drugs - he regularly refuses the offer of marijuana and occasionally expresses distaste for the heroin he is supposed to be dealing with.
Niko Bellic is voiced by Michael Hollick. Hollick was paid about $100,000 for his voice acting and motion-capture work over the course of about 15 months from 2006 to 2008. Hollick was paid about $1,050 a day for his work on the game, about 50% more than the standard Screen Actors Guild-negotiated rate for actors, although he claimed it was still a fraction of the income he would get from a movie or TV-show performance, and that he was upset about not getting residuals from game sales, putting the blame on the union for not securing such agreements. Hollick told The New York Times that while he was a theater student at Carnegie Mellon University he developed a talent for dialects.