Mikhail was born in Novorossiysk, Russia, but his family moved to Pribyslavitz, Chernarus when he was 6 years old. Mikhail was an extreme pro-communist and sided with the pro-Russian communist party 'WMDA', led by Gregori Lopotev. A violent protest over working and paying conditions led to the death of 3 protesters, after which the 'WDMA' was disbanded and multiple members arrested. From the ashes of the 'WDMA' rose the 'Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star', a group of loosely-organized civilian fighters. Mikhail signed up for this, being Russian himself he was a big advocate of the re-integration of Chernarus with the Russian Federation.
During the outbreak, Mikhail and his platoon were operating in the Black Mountains, but he was separated from his platoon. He went into hiding, keeping a low profile, till just recently when he picked up a radio transmission coming from a different ChDKZ platoon. He met up with them, and together they are forming the 'Remnants of the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star'.