On the day the Atomic Heart game was launched, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine urged users to cancel the release and set a course for a complete ban on the digital versions’ sale of the game in Ukraine. To make it happen, the Ministry of Digital Transformation will send an official letter to Sony, Microsoft, and Valve. Ironically, the day of the game's release was allegedly accidentally postponed to the date of Putin's address to the federal assembly.
The reason for the boycott is that Atomic Heart is dangerous for Ukrainian citizens. In addition to hidden hints of Russian aggression, total propaganda of the USSR and the use of old photographs of Ukrainian cities, the problem also lies in the company itself.
The Molfar OSINT community conducted an investigation and found many compromising facts about the game developer Atomic Heart. Among the most noteworthy: "leaking" data to Russian government agencies, ties with "systemic" Russian companies Mail.ru Group, "Pervyi Kanal" (First Channel), United Russia, Gazprom, ties with Russian oligarchs, hidden employees from Russia, hidden Russian origin of sanctioned investors. There is also a bad attitude towards employees, the use of other people's designs and development solutions, inexperienced managers and other classic Russian business style things.
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So, first, we need to identify the studio that developed the Atomic Heart computer game. The website's footer lists the legal entity as Mundfish Ltd, but no legal entity with this name was found. This probably refers to the Russian Braindev LLC (formerly Mundfish LLC), registered in 2017. The Terms specify the Cyprus-based Slimao Limited, registered in 2018, which owns TM Mundfish and Atomic Heart registered in the United States in 2018.
According to the website, the company was founded in 2017 by 4 people who also own 63.87% of the Cyprus legal entity as of 02'2023:
According to the website, the company employs 130 people from 10 countries, including Poland, Ukraine, Austria, Georgia, Israel, Armenia, the UAE, Serbia and Cyprus. The list of countries does not include Russia, although according to LinkedIn, at least 2 people working for the company are based in Moscow – Alexey Kaminskiy and Olga Sapozhnikova. However, according to the media, most of the employees are still in Moscow even after the relocation. The dev.ua portal also found two Ukrainian programmers working for Mundfish. According to LinkedIn, the company employs 84 people, and 65 former Mundfish employees are also known.
The company positions itself as an international company with offices in Cyprus, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. The office in Moscow is closed, according to Yandex map. The office in St. Petersburg has not been found, but in 2018 the company was looking for a game dev for this office. In 2019, they were looking for a technical artist with the ability to work in one of the offices – in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
Later, they relocated part of the company to Yerevan. In March 2022, they were looking for testers for the office in Yerevan. In June 2022, they were looking for an office manager for the office in Yerevan.
Among the game's publishers are Focus Entertainment (a French video game publisher) and 4Divinity, an Asian company that is part of the Asian game publishing holding GCL.
Among the owners of the legal entity, Slimao Limited in Cyprus are listed:
👉 Slimao Limited – 2018, Cyprus (CY).
As of 02'23 (since 2020), the owners (1, 2, 3) are:
Previously, they were the owners:
Comments about Slimao Limited.
👉 Braindev LLC (formerly Mundfish LLC) – 2017, Russia (ru).
Previously, the directors were:
As of 02'23, the owner is:
Previously, the owners were:
Comments on Braindev LLC (formerly Mundfish LLC).
Scandals related to the release of the game and the use of the USSR and Russia symbols:
In January 2023, the ain.capital portal published an article where, in addition to ties with the Russian Federation, it also wrote that the user agreement on the Russian version of the site contains a warning about the possible transfer of data to government agencies upon request, in particular, the article mentions the tax service and the FSS. Ain.capital provided screenshots of the relevant section of the site for confirmation.
A few days later, the Russian public site Overclockers.ru published a comment from the company about the data transfer. The company stated that this was old information, that no one transfers data, and began to make changes to this section on the website, and by the end of January 2023, the section was not available.
According to the publication, the following reviews of former employees are known:
There were posts on Twitter (for example) that promoted the purchase of the game as the pride of a Russian game dev. Also, in publics that write about new games, the game is called Russian (1, 2, 3, 4) in advertising articles. In the media, the developers are called Russian.
Braindev LLC (formerly Mundfish LLC), a legal entity in Russia, paid $34.8k (2.62m rubles) to the Russian budget in 2021. The company's profit for 2021 amounted to $66k (4.99m rubles).
As of 02'23 (since 2020), the following people are the owners of Slimao Limited (1, 2, 3).
Artem Faridovich Galeev (25.02.1977, +79166974855, +74953140096, +74509843316, email@example.com, site, FB, Skype: artep_skype, passports: 4509843316, 4502783059, 01VIIIСБ60, 2145027830, TIN: 772641435521, SNILS: 01327298733) – Co-Founder. The main visionary artist of the company. Since 2005, he has a website where he posts his own artworks. Born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia. His sister is Yulia Faridovna Galeeva (17.11.1983, FB), and he also has a brother, Artur Faridovich Galeev (17.11.1983).
According to insight, in 2000 he worked for Alfa Bank, in 2001 he worked for Public Russian Television, in 2003 he worked for TV Service, and in 2005 he worked for "Pervyi Kanal" (First Channel).
His LinkedIn profile indicates that from 2005 to 2011 he worked as an art director at Trehmer. In 2007, he worked as an advisor to the CEO at Infomir CJSC. Since 2012, he has been Creative Art Director at cgcompany.ru.
According to the information in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, he is registered at 28 Chertanovskaya Street, apartment 52 in Moscow, which is also confirmed by the insight. According to the insight, he owns a Daewoo Super Salon (#M932MO77, VIN: KLANR19W1RB624315) and also a Mini Cooper S (#H658KK177, VIN: WMWRE31020TD45845).
Bagratuni Robert Ashotovich / Maxim Zatsepin (09.05.1984, FB, FB1, Inst, VK, Passport:4500074901, 4507796173, 4500074901, SNILS:11810481121, TIN:771570060938, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, +79037266630 (active as of February 2022), +79055440433, +74992005692, driver's license: 7734 272594, Skype:live:zacepinmax, max_zacepin, Gravatar, Vivino, Pinterest, Telegram: id746281, @zacepinmax, @RB_mz) – Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Game Director.
According to the information in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, he is registered at 3 Verzemneka Street, apartment 30 in Moscow. This is also confirmed by an insight, who says he was born in Yerevan. According to the insight, in 2003 he worked at the Russian CESSI (Institute for Comparative Social Studies).
According to his interview, he worked at Newmedia Stars as a video designer. The owner of the company is Konstantin Rykov (bio), a former United Russia deputy and one of the ideologues of Putin's presidential campaign. He also worked in the marketing department of Mail.Ru as an art director. In 2015, he launched the brokerage project Istochnik (The Source), which later completely refocused on cryptocurrencies.
In 2021, Mail.ru became part of the VK Group holding, 57% of which is consolidated by MF Technologies, which in turn is owned by state-owned companies from Russia in the following shares: 45% to Gazprom, 45% to SOGAZ, 10% to Rostec.
In 2010, he worked as an artist at Dva Kryla LLC (Two Wings LLC). Also, according to insight, in 2010 he worked as a designer at Trehmer, where Artem Galeev was the art director at the time. Before that, in 2002, he worked at TV Service, where Galeev also worked. In 2020, he was a sole proprietor. According to insight, he owned 61.25% of the legal entity Mask LLC, where another Mundfish co-owner, Yevhenia Sedova, was the CEO.
According to insight, the mother is probably Susanna Melkonovna Bagratuni (16.10.1960).
He owned an Audi SS 2009 (VIN WAUZZZ8THAA005019), as well as an Audi SS 2016 (#T005TV199, VIN WAUZZZ8THAA005019). In 2014, he received a fine for traffic violations.
Known passwords: “123654789QQQ”, “EWX370”, “pulsar_sucsess”, “pulsarsucsess”, “sucsess”, “sucsess_mz”, “pulsar”, “Q1w2e3r4”, “Sucsess_mz1”. Known nicknames: “zacepinmax”, “max.zac”.
In his VK, he posted messages (1, 2) praising Putin in 2014. Interests (1, 2, 3) in TG: "@relogame_armenia Relogame Armenia", "@cyprusithr CY iT HR", "@addmeto", "@decenter – blockchain, bitcoin, investments", "", "", "@destinyplay / s-14 news – everything about destiny 2", "@ghost_in_the_text", "@narratorika", "@techsparks", "@unrealenginecis", "@wavesnews", "futures", "trading", "gamedev", "marketing", "smm", "armenia", "cyprus", "UAE", "oil products oil", "ico", "ethereum eth", "bitcoin btc", "defi", "smart contracts", "gpu graphics cards", "asic miners", "pyramid scheme", "prostitutes".
Sedova Evgeniya Vladimirovna (17.07.1985, +79035081600, TG: @jeneve, email@example.com, FB, Inst, VK, passport: 4508198956, TIN: 773165068345) – Co-Founder & Financial Advisor. According to the Cypriot legal entity Mundfish, it is registered at 38 Marshal Timoshenko Street, apartment 154 in Moscow, which is also confirmed by an insight.
According to her interview, she worked at Newmedia Stars, where she headed the computer graphics department. The owner of the company is Konstantin Rykov (bio), a former United Russia deputy and one of the ideologues of Putin's presidential campaign. Robert Bagratuni also worked there. According to the insight for 2021, he owns cars: Mercedes-Benz CLA-klasse and Audi A7. According to the insight, she was the CEO of the legal entity Mask LLC and was registered as an individual entrepreneur.
Gorodishenin Oleg Vladimirovich (26.04.1997, FB, Inst, VK, blog, firstname.lastname@example.org, +79261650876, +74957169519, +74956481000, email@example.com, TIN:772798730300, Passport:3915153289, skype:kingsun0426) – Co-Founder & General Producer.
According to information (1, 2), the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish is registered at Romashkovo village, Rublevsky passage 40-4-180 in the Moscow region. According to insight, he was registered in Moscow at 20 Skobelevskaya Street, apartment 183. He has a brother, Horodishenin Oleksiy Volodymyrovych (01.04.1990), and a mother, Horodishenina Olena Valeriyivna (10.01.1969). He had an individual enterprise and lived at 32-1 Nagatinska embankment, apartment 41. Until 2017, he worked for Heroes of Scene (heroesofscene.ru). According to insight, he worked at Tinkoff Bank in ~2021.
Andrey Olegovich Dyakov (25.06.1990, +79095906391, Passport: 1810473826, TIN: 344598593794) – CTO. According to the information (1, 2) in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, he is registered at Berezovaya Roshcha 1, apartment 26 in Vsevolodsk, Russia. Until 2018, he worked at the St. Petersburg studio of Sperasoft, according to his LinkedIn. According to insight, he has 2 cars for 2021: Renault Logan SR and Kia Sportage.
Korchagina Tatiana Vitalievna (19.11.1969, +74957777712, TIN: 772802834696, Passport: 4515422682) – according to the information in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, she is registered at 19 Serebryachenskaya Embankment, apartment 27 in Moscow. She was the founder and director of Mundfish LLC (renamed to Braindev LLC) in Moscow. According to insight for 2021, she owns a Lexus LX car.
Kosova Natalia Ivanovna (18.12.1975, TIN: 212701165084, passports: 4521073495, 9700131190) – according to the information (1, 2) in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, registered at 4-1 Dekabristov Street, apartment 86 in Moscow. Also, as of February 2023, she is a director and founder of Braindev LLC in Moscow (ex. Mundfish LLC). According to insight, she had a credit debt of ~9m rubles (~$68.5k).
Igor Borisovich Poldyaev (~30.04.1970, +79265991190) – according to information (1, 2) in the Cyprus legal entity Mundfish, he is registered at 14-16 Zamorenova Street, apartment 77 in Moscow. Probably originally from Engels, Russia.
According to Pitchbook and other aggregators (1, 2):
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