After the outbreak, and the rise of Rais, Alexei and his son came under the "protection" of Rais's influence. Under fear, they made weaponry for them. There is a side quest which involves Alexei's son, who has run off to join Brecken's group in The Tower, thinking he would be a Runner. Alexei worries, saying that "he thinks with his mouth, not his head." This prompts Crane to move to Kristov's current location, filled with infected. After convinicing Kristov to stop being a Runner, he goes to Kristov's to talk to him about it, only to be attacked by Rais' men soon after stating that they all have the weapons they need, so they don't need Alexei anymore. After Crane and Alexei fight off Rais' men, he decides to go to The Tower with his son.