Michal was born to a typical struggling Chernarussian family. An alcoholic, work-broken father who spent his time at the factory or in his armchair drinking, three siblings, two older, one younger, that Michal didn't particularly get along with and a tough, though sometimes doting, mother. By all accounts his childhood was unremarkable, punctuated by the death of his mother and the growing depression of his father as a result of her passing. Leaving the house as soon as he could, Michal enlisted with the CDF for a period of two years, where he met his partner-in-crime Kersk. They came from similar backgrounds, Kersk having grown up in a poor household in Chernogorsk had learned to "wheel and deal", which was his way of expressing that his money-making schemes were not entirely legal. Regardless, Michal didn't have a whole lot of options, so when time came to renew his contract with the CDF, he thought better of it and walked out with his friend. Back in Chernogorsk, Kersk had some low-level connections that allowed them to bring money in for a small flat and to feed themselves. They did well for themselves, becoming entrusted with more responsibility from Kersk's contacts and, as a result, began making more money.
This changed by chance on a frosty evening in November, roughly a year after they'd left the army, when Michal and Kersk were on their way back via car from a job out west. Celebrating the success of their job and the big payment they'd be getting, the latter decided to have a few beers before he began to drive. Michal didn't mind, this had happened before and they'd never run into trouble. One lapse of concentration and impaired reflexes led their vehicle into a ditch at considerable speed, killing Kersk and injuring Michal. After managing to call emergency services, he forced himself out of the wreck and waited, shaking and afraid. No charges were brought against Michal and he returned to Orlovets after settling his business in Chernogorsk, deciding to take a break from his life of crime in favour of caring for an increasingly weak and sick father.
Fast-forward to the present day, Michal is not the same man he was when the infection first broke out. Desperate for work and the means to care for a father who clung to life despite all the death around him, he enlisted with a group of suspicious, though well-paying, people for a few month's work. This turned out not to be the best decision Michal could've made as, just a few months into the infection, his father passed away in his sleep, leaving him with a commitment to a ring of human traffickers that couldn't be easily broken. Through his work, he developed a fondness for one of the people their group had taken as a prize, nicknamed "Fox." Reflecting on the viciousness of the business he was in, the degradation of other people and the substantial threat to his own life should he decide to walk away, he decided to help Fox escape and disappear with her, fearing his fondness would lead to vicious reprisals against her. After faking her death, they remained at Michal's house in Orlovets for a few days whilst he tried to keep up appearances and further evade the suspicions of the group's leader. Knowing that he didn't have much longer, Michal took to the road with Fox and disappeared out west with her, promising to lead her to the safety of Miroslavl. He had been shot, beaten, stabbed and dished out his fair share of punishment in return for a business he didn't truly belong in, so taking charge and controlling his own destiny for once was a liberating feeling. Despite this good natured act, Michal maintains no illusions of goodness in his soul, the weeks on the road were tough and were accompanied by more than one robbery for supplies that they needed.
Still, getting to Miroslavl alive was all that mattered... right?