He was born to a poor family living in the outskirts of Moscow. His family wasn't very smart, but Smirnov was. He worked a job at the local gas station until he was able to buy a laptop, where he learned to develop apps. He made a good living off of this... until the apocalypse. Since he didn't have much connection to any family, as his immediate family had already died by then, he was able to venture out of Moscow on his own pretty easily. He had learned a lot about bush craft during his days of living in the outskirts, so he didn't do too bad for himself. The only thing he desires now is a friend to live out his life with.