Mickey, born Mikhail Pastukhov, was born in Chernarus during the reconstruction years of the soviet bloc. His father was an outspoken critic to the communist government and was a loud voice in public. When democracy came, his father involved himself in the new national government. Consequence of the father’s outspoken nature, Mikhail’s mother and two younger sisters were killed in retaliation of the father’s outcries against the radical ethnic-Russian nationalists during the upheaval in the early 21st century. Mikhail and his father would flee the country for safety in the United States with fresh identities and starting new lives.
After his father died in a mysterious accident, a paranoid Mikey would go on to serve in the United States military, joining after witnessing the successful intervention of the bloody 2009 civil war in his homeland. He would go on to deploy to the Middle East. During his time in the military, he was involved in an incident where several of his unit members were killed by a supposedly accidental “friendly-fire” Green-on-Blue attack, and Mikhail and several other’s violently retaliated. Due to this, he was medically discharged, to avoid a potentially criminal investigation into him and his allies’ actions. Realizing his actions were similar to those that were inflicted on his own family, Mickey fell into a dark place. During this time, Mikhail took odd jobs contracting with an organization that changed his fortunes and allowed him to make up for his mistakes and get revenge on his families wrong doers.
Fast forward to the beginning the crisis in South Zagoria, Mickey was a Diplomatic Security Service agent with the US State Department. He was one of the thousands of international personnel from government agencies and NGO’s deployed Chernarus at the beginning of the plague with the international effort and was there, so he claims, to assist with the evacuation of diplomats, key personnel and American citizens from the region. On a Evac mission of diplomat’s families from a small compound near the north of the region, Mickey, his team associates and a peacekeeping detail were ambushed by a large amount of infected. Taking casualties and being cut off from returning to their basecamp, the DSS team decided to not heed quarantine warnings and headed north to the Russian border to get help. When arriving, they were fired upon, and most of the survivors were killed there. In shock of the attack by the Russians at the border and losing his whole team and their civilians, Mikhail wandered into the northern Chernarussian wilderness, where he has been surviving from day-to-day since. Now, running out of food and hidden places to scavenge, Mikhail is making his way back south in an attempt to continue surviving and maybe finding a way out of Chernarus, if there is even anywhere safer to go.