The bear, “medved” (медведь) in Russian, is affectionately called “mishka” (мишка) — the equivalent of “teddy bear.” But Мishka is also a nickname for Mikhail (Михаил) (i.e. Michael). Therefore the full name of the Bear in folk tales is always Mikhail (Михаил) — or Mikhailo (Михайло), a regional and Ukrainian variant. More on names.

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