Sergei Vladimirovich was born on January 5, 1958, in Altaiskoye Village, Altaisk District, Altai Territory, in a worker’s family. In 1959 his family moved to Frunze (now Bishkek), where in 1975 Sergei Vladimirovich graduated the secondary school. Already during his school years he showed deep interest in nature and became a serious collector (mainly of beetles and stamps). After graduating school, Sergei Vladimirovich worked as a metalworker at a plant in Frunze for 8 months, and from 1976 to 1978, he served in the army. During his military service in Eastern Kazakhstan he did not forget about his hobby and made rather good collection of insects (mostly beetles and orthopterans).