Attack by a woman’s tenant led to the discovery that he was the son of one of the CIA’s ‘valuable’ Russian spies
Lisa Sales (pictured), who says she was brutally attacked by her tenant in 2011, later found out he was the son of one of the CIA’s most valuable Russian spies
A Virginia woman, who says she was brutally attacked by her tenant in 2011, later found out that he was the son of one of the CIA’s most valuable Russian spies after she came across an investment report that claimed more than $ 16 million in assets. .
Lisa Sales recalled Yahoo News how Dmitry Mikhaylov, a Russian immigrant who attended graduate school at George Washington University School of Business, seemed like a friendly and sociable person when she first met him almost 10 years ago.
He’d inquired about renting a space in her house, and in the end the two agreed that he would take the basement for $ 2,000 a month.
Things seemed to be going relatively well for a while and, according to Sales’s friends, she even started treating him like a younger brother.
Sales recalled evidence that Mikhailov was not your typical graduate student.
She said he drove a flashy black Mercedes, often bought rounds of alcohol for people when they left, and told a story about his father that made her a little suspicious.
After a few drinks, Mikhailov told Sales that his father ‘some kind of important person “who worked for” the company, “Yahoo said. The company is a term sometimes used in movies and TV to refer to the CIA.
After his arrest, Sales began to summarize Dmitry Mikhaylov’s life through documents he left at her home. She came to believe he is the son of Valeriy Mikhaylov (left in prison), who was arrested in Russia in 2007 for spying on the nation for the CIA. The man in the photo on the right is Valeriy’s lawyer
Despite those initial hints, Sales wiped them off and their friendship continued until the night of the September 16, 2011, attack.
The sale told the news site that Mikhaylov had been drinking heavily before the attack, which started with her dog, Halo.
During his testimony at his trial, Sales said, “First he went after my dog. He picked her up twice and threw her against the dresser. ‘
She said he then “jumped” to her and threw her to the ground.
He sat on me. He knelt on his knees and spread my legs. And he wore – I’ll never forget this as long as I live – he wore a red leather belt around his jeans … And he unbuttoned the top button of his jeans. He held me with his other hand, then unzipped his pants and started to touch himself, ”she told Yahoo.
She said that while he sat on top of her he sauntered in Russian and English before yelling that he was going to ‘fuck me a little bit’.
Sales said the incident lasted for about five hours as she “ kept trying to get away. ”
Lisa Sales, in the photo, recalled how Dmitry Mikhaylov, a Russian immigrant attending graduate school at George Washington University School of Business, was her tenant in 2011 before leaving her with serious injuries to her knee and back.
‘I tried to get away from him. And he just grabbed me. And I tried to get off my back and crawl on my knees. And he kept pushing me down and sitting on me. He took everything he could. He grabbed my limb, my foot, my leg, my hair, anything he could grab, ”she said, according to Yahoo.
Before it was all over, Sales said Mikhaylov was trying to ‘strangle’ her in the bathroom.
She eventually broke free and barricaded herself in her bedroom with furniture, while Mikhailov shouted outside her door.
Sales said the attack left her with serious injuries, including knee and back pain. Her doctor even recommended that she have surgery on her cervical spine after the incident.
Sales said she didn’t immediately call the police out of fear, but eventually listened to her friends urging her to speak to the authorities. After going to the police, Mikhaylov was arrested and charged with sexual battery. He later pleaded guilty to the sexual assault.
Mikhaylov testified that he had several drinks on the night of the attack, but said they only argued for 30 minutes.
He said he had “ multiple complaints ” about the living situation, including that utility bills split down the middle as a fixed amount.
Mikhaylov claimed that Sales became “very upset and excited” and they argued before going to bed.
An officer who interviewed Mikhail about the incident after his arrest said Mikhailov told him he had been drinking and that the “details of the evening may have escaped him.”
He remembers throwing the dog, but he said it happens regularly. Mr. Mikhail said he regularly goes to Sales’s bedroom but does not remember entering her room that night, ”the officer said at the time.
“Mr. Mikhaylov would not give me any statements judging or denying the night’s charges,” the officer added, Yahoo News said.
Mikhaylov spent less than a month in prison for the attack. After filing a civil suit, a jury awarded Sales just over $ 300,000 in damages for assault and destruction and for causing emotional distress.
Days after his arrest, Sales began to search his belongings. While looking around, she came across a flash drive with an investment report with a total net worth in excess of $ 16 million, Yahoo said.
She also found a letter Mikhaylov’s father, Valeriy Mikhaylov, had written to his son.
Hello my son. Dima, thank you for your postcard and your greetings, ”Valeriy Mikhaylov wrote according to Yahoo News.
Valeriy Mikhaylov reportedly volunteered to spy for the CIA in 2001. He spied the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin for six years (photo). Valeriy retired in 2007 and ended up in the US before returning to Russia in 2010 when he was arrested
Today is March 1, 2011, Tuesday, and the first day of spring. The weather is icy and sunny. I just got back from a walk. I feel good and my mood is good. Soon it will be six months that I live in Lefortovo. ‘
According to the news site, Lefortovo is a prison where many of Russia’s most high-profile criminals and spies are held.
“Everything is because I made a mistake believing in my lucky star,” wrote Valeriy. “Now I’ll have to pay for it by spending a long time in captivity.”
When Sales took another look at the $ 16 million investment report, she also found Valeriy’s name on it.
This discovery piqued her interest and led her to email the FBI.
Sales wrote that she believed the younger Mikhailov had “fiduciary responsibility” for his imprisoned father.
“ I’m not sure why a man with his means would choose to enter into a lease with me and become my roommate, ” she wrote, but the FBI never responded to her about the “ suspicious activity. ” her tenant.
Despite this, she continued her own research leading up to his trial.
She told Yahoo News that with the documents left behind, she came to believe that Mikhaylov entered the US with the help of the CIA, adding that Valeriy Mikhaylov appears to be one of the CIA’s most valuable assets.
She pointed to a 2012 blog post by Joseph Fitsanakis, a professor at Coastal Carolina University. The post revealed that the Moscow Military Court had convicted Valeriy Mikhaylov of high treason and sentenced him to 18 years in prison for passing “thousands of classified and top secret documents” to the CIA.
Valeriy Mikhaylov reportedly volunteered to spy for the CIA in 2001. He spied the Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin for six years. Valeriy retired in 2007 and ended up in the US before returning to Russia in 2010 when he was arrested.
Mikhaylov, who now works at the World Bank, told Yahoo News that he had never attacked Sales, calling her a “scammer” who was only after his money.
Sales said justice in this case would be that the “ federal government ” would “ take responsibility ” and a public admission would be a start.