Beat studio guru Mike Mangino (Pink Noise, Pop-Tarts) and Chris Shepard (Pop-Tarts) formed Smersh as an experimental big-beat techno/industrial project and began releasing cassettes in 1981. Smersh recorded improvised cuts every Monday night, released countless cassettes on their own label, Atlas King, and were featured on more compilations than you can track down. They never played live, never played the same track more than once.(from discogs)
Here a very intersting interview with Mike Mangino conducted by Dmitry Vasilyev in August 2000.
This is their official webpage where you will find lots of info,discography and artworks.Enjoy it.