The name Michael is Михаил (Mikhail) in Russian. It’s a full form of the name. The short variant (a derived word) is Misha which is also a short name for a bear. Misha is an affectionate version for a bear (медведь or medved’). Traditionally a bear’s name in Russian cartoons and fairy tales is Mikhail. This name was one of the most popular ones in Russia in the twentieth century.