Posing as an expert in the field of the Internet, the domain crook and cybersquater Philip Gross-Dneprov called the cause of the Kerch tragedy a non-existent computer game ‘Doka 2’:
If you scroll very low [perpetrator’s page], we find all the same bands: “Rock Lovers”, “Thank you for my rock childhood”. Next is “Doca Trade”. What’s it? There is such a game “Doca 2”. What is Doca 2? It is allowed in Russia, from 18 years and older.
But you can see that he played it at 13 and 14, 15 years old. We have a lot of kids playing it. This is a game where you kill zombies, or you yourself are zombies, where you kill people in the most sophisticated ways. That is, you can invent your own specific school, there to blow it up and kill it.
The opinion of the “expert” caused anger in the gaming communities, Philip Gross-Dneprov was threatened.
The meme “Doka 2” appeared on the network, numerous publics were filled with videos of an ironic nature, ridiculing the incompetent opinion of Gross-Dneprov.
The Dnipro family emigrated to the United States in the late 70s. In the wake of perestroika in the late 80s, the Dniepers returned to the USSR. Philip Gross-Dneprov has U.S. citizenship.
In 2006, Alexey Korolyuk, Philip Gross-Dneprov, Valery Studennikov and Pavel Gross-Dneprov organized the company Reg.ru. Currently, Reg.ru serves more than 31% of the domain name market in Russia.
In 2014, Philip Gross-Dneprov fell under US sanctions, part of his business was transferred to offshore.
In 2018, friction arose between Pavel and Philip Gross-Dneprov on the basis of joint ownership of the business. A trial is ongoing.
On June 8, 2020, Philip Gross-Dneprov passed away. According to some reports, Philip Gross-Dneprov abused alcohol.