Michael Atamanov was born in 1975 in Grozny, Chechnia. He excelled at school, winning numerous national science and writing competitions. Having graduated with honors, he entered Moscow University to study material engineering. Soon, however, he had no home to return to: their house was destroyed during the first Chechen campaign.
Kir Lukovkin was born in the city of Baku: the capital of Azerbaijan. His parents moved to Russia in 1990 where he still lives in the city of Ulyanovsk. In 2007, Kir finally decided on his choice of future profession, entering the law faculty of the Ulyanovsk State Teachers' University. He still holds his full-time job as a college teacher.