Dmitry Mikhailov was born on October 25, 1977 in the village of Kupchanovka (Akmola region, Kazakhstan). He lives in Shuya (Ivanovo region, Russia). He grew up in the family of a doctor - his mother was a dermatologist-venereologist. He studied at the Ivanovo State Power Engineering University with a degree in industrial electronics. He worked as a system administrator, repaired computers, and is also fond of photography and video editing.
Dmitry was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1993 at the age of 16, when he discovered the clarity, harmony and consistency of the Bible, the beauty of knowledge about God. In 2003 he got married, his wife Elena teaches mathematics and physics. Since then, the two of them have devoted a lot of time to improving people's lives through biblical education.
In 2018, Dmitriy and Yelena learned that for several months their phones had been tapped and hidden video was being filmed behind them. On May 29, Dmitriy was detained on absurd charges and placed in a temporary detention facility, and then in a pre-trial detention center. His mother, who did not share her son's religious beliefs, exclaimed when she was arrested: "Instead of persecuting honest people, it would be better to catch criminals!"
The Mikhailovs' neighbors submitted to the court a characterization according to which Dmitry "has established himself as a caring husband and son ... Dmitry is responsive, sociable, polite, responsible, without bad habits ... always has a neat appearance and is ready to help ... takes care of her elderly mother, born in 1939, provides her with medicines and care ... Her only son."