Šimon was born in Belozersk into a middle class family, his father being a local carpenter and his mother a school teacher. He grew up in a comfortable household, never going hungry at night like so many others did. Šimon was decent in school, but never truly enjoyed it. He only did the minimum to pass before finally graduating from his local high school 2007.
After high school, he joined the Belozersk police department and became a police officer. He served in the police force for two years until the civil war broke out. He immediately volunteered himself to join local Orel units. He soon learned of the horrors that the government would do to his people.