|Occupation||Director of the Special Sciences Service|
|First Comic Appearance||The Abyssal Plain|
Iosif Nichayko is the current Director of Russia's Special Sciences Service.
In 1948, Iosif, a Soviet soldier, volunteered for duty with Russia's Special Sciences Service. Varvara, Director of the SSS tasked him with protecting Melchiorre's Burgonet while it was transported by submarine. He died, along with the rest of the crew, when the submarine was sunk.
Abe Sapien encountered him in August 1984 when he was sent to recover Melchiorre's Burgonet from the sunken submarine. Iosif seemed to be a mindless zombie, only interested in protecting the burgonet. Abe left Iosif and the burgonet in the submarine, just before the Russian authorities launched their own recovery mission.
Iosif was taken by the SSS and for a while remained unresponsive. Over time, however, he began to regain awareness. He became smarter and more ambitious, moreso than he ever was in life, eventually becoming Director of the SSS after overthrowing Varvara (whom Iosif now keeps imprisoned in a glass case in his office, alongside a few relics from his previous life).
Iosif has proven himself a very capable leader, albeit a deceitful one.