Born as Mikhail Ameregov to Ana and Artyom Sr. Ameregov in 1981, Mikhail spent his youth setting himself up for the rest of his life. Certain life decisions early on cemented his existence in the criminal underworld of Russia and the outlying countries. Born into a poor family during the end years of the Soviet Union, Mikhail was almost destined to turn to a world of vice.
After being arrested at young ages throughout his schooling, Michael and his family moved to Russia to start a new, although that failed to stop his ill-deeds. By the time he was 17, he had been arrested twice, and with his mother passing, he had no reason to step-back. He began his "professional" career by performing dirty jobs for known connections of the Russian Mafia. He was efficient in what he did but was naive. After making one too many slip-ups, he was arrested yet again. This sentence proved to be more good than bad, as this is where he made his own connections to Mafia.
The years went by, he made a name for himself, and by the time he had been released he was granted a seat in a powerful family. He was no big shot, but he had proved himself to the right people. Mikhail spent a few of his years in the organisation in the United States, building bonds with contacts there and funnelling goods back and forth, generating a substantial amount of income for the mob. During this time, Mikhail became fluent in English and went under the name Michael, instead of the traditional Mikhail. Afterwards, Michael returned to Russia.
Michael was deeply involved in his family's expansion to Chernarus, as he was a native of the country. One of the primary tasks of a criminal organisation is power and he could not pass on the chance to turn Chernarus into a money-making machine and generate more influence for the organisation. He arrived back in Chernarus in 2014, and by the time the outbreak had occurred, little progress was made there. Running his operation through a bar, around 2 dozen businesses were under the grip of the mob.
When the outbreak hit, his first instinct was to pack up and go, but of course, his plans fell short due to the containment that occurred. The crew he had worked with had scattered, none staying to run the operation. Thinking it would pass on the all other things, Michael contacted his boss and made him aware that he would be staying to continue the operation. When the reality of the situation occurred to Michael, he defended the bar as long as he could. After eventually realising the chances of survival, he was forced to drop everything and leave.
Now, two weeks in, he is using his strong will and fierce skills gained from years of experience to make sure he survives through the epidemic.