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Nina Krilova

Nina Krilova The Americans Logo2.jpg KGB Officer

Character Information
Status: Deceased
Actor: Annet Mahendru
First Appearance: "The Clock"
Last Appearance: "Chloramphenicol"
Family: Boris (ex-husband)
Episode Count: 42

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Nina frees herself.
Nina Sergeyevna Krilova (Russian: Нина Сергеевна Крылова) was a KGB officer working at the Rezidentura where she had complicated relationships with FBI agent Stan Beeman and her colleague Oleg Burov. Charged with treason for giving the FBI information, she was sent back to the Soviet Union and was convicted. Up until her death, she was working with scientist Anton Baklanov in a Soviet research facility.



Nina was born in Vladivostok, Soviet Union, in the mid-1950s. As a young girl in the Soviet Union, she was a member of the "Young Pioneers." There, they gave the children Lenin pins, and Nina recalled being exceptionally proud of hers. Nina married a man named Boris and later aborted his child. Although he begged her not to leave, she joined the KGB and moved abroad to America for her first posting in Washington, D.C. Boris later told her it was a good thing that she left because his "world was too small" for her.

Season One[]

In February 1981, Nina is caught shipping stereos with cash hidden inside to the USSR for sale on the black market by FBI agent Stan Beeman. Stan threatens to report her to her bosses, which would result in a decade in a Soviet labor camp, and then blackmails her into providing information on activities in the Rezidentura. ("The Clock") Nina informs Stan that the KGB lost a Directorate S operative the same night Timoshev disappeared. ("Gregory") Nina isn't able to find out if the KGB is behind the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. ("In Control")

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Nod now.
Stan pressures Nina to identify a Russian agent (Adam Dorwin) resulting in her seducing the Rezident, Vasili Nikolaevich. After providing the information to Stan, the KGB realizes there's a mole in their organization. ("COMINT") Nina learns from Vasili of the mole, she demands exfilration from Stan. However, Stan devises a plan in which Nina frames Vasili as the mole, resulting in his arrest and Nina's safety. As Vasili was shipped back to the Soviet Union for treason, Arkady Zotov replaced him as the Rezidentura's new Rezident. ("Trust Me")

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They're going to put a bullet in my head.

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I've been set up.

In April 1981, with Stan becoming consumed by his work and growing estranged from his wife Sandra Beeman, he called Nina after drinking at a bar. Nina, seeing his vulnerability initiated sex with him and afterwards, promised to not use it against him. ("Duty and Honor") After Agent Gaad suspects that Stan is sleeping with Nina, he provides Stan with a safe house to meet her at. Nina meets Stan at the apartment where he apologizes for having sex with her earlier. Nina doesn't care, kisses him and says she'll do everything for him. ("Mutually Assured Destruction")

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You don't have to worry.

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I do everything for you.

After Stan's partner Agent Amador disappears, Stan meets Nina and roughly demands that she find out what's happened to him. However, Nina cannot find out, resulting in Stan defying orders and kidnapping Nina's colleague and friend, Vladimir Kosygin, in retribution. When Amador is found dead, Stan shoots Vlad. ("Safe House") The next day, Nina demands to know who killed Vlad. Stan lies that he doesn't know but Nina suspects him. ("Only You") Nina is promoted to be Arkady's assistant. Stan visits Nina and lies that he's hasn't been able to obtain any information about who killed Vlad. He suggests they break off their affair, but he loses his resolve and has sex with her instead. ("Covert War")

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He wanted to be a doctor.
Arkady gives Nina access to Directorate S operations which requires she take a loyalty oath which tests her conscience. Nina packs Vlad's possessions into a box and learns he had a crush on her. At their safe house, Stan meets Nina. She asks if he killed Vlad and when he doesn't answer her directly, her suspicion grows deeper. Nina confesses her treason to Arkady and offers to spy on Stan. ("The Oath")

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I would rather perish...
Arkady tells Nina she will not face execution if she returns to stand trial in Russia. However, Moscow has agreed to accept her offer to spy on Stan. Meeting Stan at the safe house, Stan tells her to wait there until he returns and that her exfiltration has been approved. Seeing Stan's happiness, Nina is tempted but realizes the FBI may be about to capture Philip and Elizabeth Jennings. She reports her suspicions to Arkady who sends an abort signal to the meeting Philip is having with Colonel Rennhull. This results in Philip saving Elizabeth from being captured by the FBI. Stan arrives at the apartment and tells Nina that the exfiltration is off. She fakes shock and while kissing him, says she believes he'll take care of her. She then prepares a file on Stan for Arkady. ("The Colonel")

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There will be no leniency.

Season Two[]

Regularly reporting on Stan to the KGB, Nina continued her operation with him, still pretending to be on his side. When Stan asked her if there were any new developments at the Rezidentura, she mentioned a new arrival named Oleg Burov. Whenever Oleg was around her, she would act passively and tried focusing on her work. ("Comrades") Listening to a recording from the bug in Agent Gaad's office, Nina learns that Stan killed Vlad. When a walk-in named Bruce Dameran arrived at the Rezidentura to provide the Soviets with information, Nina tells Stan about him, making it seem like she was still loyal to him. ("Cardinal")

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Those bastards.
After Stan took down Dameran in his crazy assassination attempt, he was praised at the FBI and ultimately owed that credit to Nina. Later, while they were in bed, he professed his love for her. She later types a report on her activities with Stan. ("The Walk In") While working at the Rezidentura, Nina notices that Oleg seemed interested in her operations. When he used his family's connections to get a higher security clearance, he finds out about her operation with Stan. Arkady warns her to be careful around Oleg since he may have ulterior motives. ("A Little Night Music") When scientist Anton Baklanov goes missing, Nina tells Stan that Oleg maybe involved. At the Rezidentura, Oleg wonders why Nina was involved with Stan in the first place. Stan tails Oleg to the Baltimore port and Oleg surprises him by saying he knows Nina is working for the FBI. ("The Deal")

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He said he loves me.
Worried Nina's safety would be jeopardized, Stan told his boss Frank Gaad that she needed to be exfiltrated out of her volatile situation. However, in order to proof her loyalty, she was required to take a polygraph test. When Stan told her, she was angry and accused him of not trusting her. ("Behind the Red Door")

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I have never betrayed you!
Afraid she will be found guilty, Nina quickly informs Arkady that Stan wants her to take a polygraph. Oleg, who is in charge of Directorate X, helps her practice fooling a polygraph, and they bond in the process. While taking the actual exam, she uses Oleg's techniques and passes it, making both herself and Stan happy and relieved. Later, she spends the night with Oleg in a fancy hotel suite and tells him Stan meant nothing to her. ("ARPANET")

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Have you deceived your contact in the FBI?
Nina begins to fall for Oleg. After Stan delivered the surveillance reports to Oleg, Arkady congratulates Nina and Oleg on successfully getting information from Stan. Arkady then warns her to be cautious with her newfound relationship with Oleg. ("New Car") Nina and Oleg get closer by spending more time together. She tells him about her simple life before arriving in America, despising how tangled her life had become in the spy business. ("Yousaf")

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You're one of those people who can do anything.
Nina is used by the Centre as a pawn to obtain the Echo program from Stan. In private, Arkady tells Oleg that if the mission fails, Nina will be sent back to Moscow to stand trial for her earlier act of treason. Oleg tells her that if she does not think Stan will betray his country for her, she needs to run. Realizing she's truly in danger, she tells Stan that Arkady knows that she's betrayed the KGB. Saying she can't go back to the Rezidentura, Stan promises to find a way out for them both. ("Stealth")

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It's not Arkady's life on the line.
After purchasing a car for Nina to relocate, Stan walks into their safe house to find Arkady, two Soviet henchmen and a beaten-up Nina on the floor. Arkady tells Stan to deliver the Echo program to him and Nina will be free or she'll be sent back to Moscow for a trial. As they waited for Stan to retrieve Echo, Oleg hands Nina an envelope full of cash, implying she should escape while she still can. ("Operation Chronicle")

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They will execute me.
Even though Stan manages to obtain Echo, he ultimately chooses loyalty to America instead of Nina. The dead drop he leaves for the KGB, which ostensibly contained Echo, is later revealed to simply be a note for Nina, which says "Tell Nina I'm sorry." On one quiet morning at the Rezidentura, Nina prepared to leave the Soviet Embassy. Before exiting the building, she glances back at Arkady and Oleg as a sign of goodbye. Once in a car, she notices Stan in his car nearby and gazes at him too. She's then shipped back to the Soviet Union. ("Echo")

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Nina glances at Stan.

Season Three[]

In the Soviet Union, Nina is found guilty of espionage and treason and convicted to a long term prison sentence. ("EST Men") After a few months, Nina adjusted to her isolated living arrangement until a prisoner named Evi Sneijder, a Belgian woman, became her cellmate. Although Evi tried talking to her and proclaimed her innocence, Nina ignored her. Nina's fate did not seem promising until Oleg's father, Igor Burov, paid her a visit. In an interrogation room, he told her that Oleg wanted him to save her. She then admitted to having genuine feelings for Oleg. ("Baggage")

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I did not do anything.
Called into the interrogation room again, a KGB officer told Nina how Evi was imprisoned, saying she left a dead drop for someone, but she claimed to be innocent. He told Nina she would receive a lighter sentence if she got Evi to confess what actually happened. Back in their cell, she began to open up to Evi, revealing her history with the KGB and the FBI in America. Late one night, Nina faked having a nightmare, resulting in Evi comforting her. ("Dimebag")

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See if the truth spills out.
Eventually, Nina gained Evi's trust and got her to confess that she knew she was making a dead drop. As a result, Nina was rewarded with a proper meal and showed no sympathy when guards escorted a screaming Evi out of their prison cell. ("Born Again")

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Nina's betrayal.
Nina's sentence was reduced to 10 years due to her successful Evi operation, but she was not thrilled. However, due to her ability to get inside people's heads, the KGB officer had a new assignment for her. It involved investigating whether scientist Anton Baklanov was genuinely lagging in his work at a Soviet research facility or trying to undermine the USSR. If successful, she would be granted her freedom. She relocated to the facility and realized her assignment would be difficult its head was Vasili, whom she betrayed years before. Meeting Anton, he reacted coldly towards her when he learned she wasn't a scientist. ("Divestment")

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I will never forgive you.
After a few weeks, Anton warmed up to Nina. Speaking English, Anton told her he needed specific samples or designs of American technology in order to design models for the Soviets. Nina said that Directorate S officers carefully obtain information and that it could take a while to access and deliver it. ("Stingers") Determined to gain her freedom, Nina snooped around Anton's bedroom in the facility. She noticed a tear in his mattress and reached inside to grab a stack of letters written to his son. While reading the heartfelt messages, she became touched by Anton's story. Later, while dining together in the cafeteria, they both discussed their complicated lives. Nina admitted that she spied on him and would not tell anyone about his letters. ("One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov")

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You know my son's name?
Weeks later, Anton receives photos of an American stealth bomber in order to replicate the designs for the Soviets. Afterwards, in his room, Nina confessed that she was sent to the lab to spy on him. She then confided in him, saying how exhausting it was for her to keep buying back her life after her mistakes. He gave her the advice to resist giving their Soviet authorities power. ("March 8, 1983")

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You don't have to do it their way.

Season Four[]

Nina develops a genuinely close friendship with Anton Baklanov and they become each others confidants in the stressful environment of the research facility. She secretly hatches a plan to smuggle a note to Anton's son to tell him that Anton is alive and has not abandoned him. She reunites with her ex-husband, Boris, to whom she is still legally married. Boris agrees to smuggle the note out of the facility, but the note is intercepted before it can be sent out of the country. Nina is caught and reimprisoned on death row despite Oleg and Stan's attempts to exchange her with another prisoner. ("Pastor Tim (Episode)")

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My world was too small for you.

While imprisoned, Nina has a dream in which she is honorably released from prison and obtains two plane tickets for Anton and herself to return to the U.S. As she walks out of the facility with Anton into brilliant sunshine and a hopeful future, she is woken by a prison guard in her cell and told that she is being transferred. She is marched into a basement and informed that her appeal has been denied and that she will be executed shortly. Immediately after the sentence is read, Nina is shot in the back of the head. After her execution, Nina's body is bundled into a burlap sack for disposal. ("Chloramphenicol")

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Nina's dream.

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Nina's death.


  • She never meets Philip or Elizabeth Jennings.
  • Though she has been separated from her husband, Boris, for a long time, she is still legally married to him and they seem to have an affectionate relationship. He implies that he was a beneficiary of her stereo smuggling scheme that originally landed her in trouble.
  • It is not known if Krilova is her married or maiden name.


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Elizabeth JenningsHenry JenningsPaige JenningsPhilip JenningsStan Beeman • "Clark Westerfeld"
KGB & Witting Agents
AbigailFather AndreiAnneliseOleg BurovCalLucia ChenaClaudiaEmmett ConnorsJared ConnorsLeanne ConnorsWilliam CrandallAdam DorwinCharles DuluthGabrielGeorgeHankHansJoanKateVlad KosyginNina KrilovaMajor KuznetsovHelen LeavisMarilynRobert McKenzieDan MurtonReuben NcgoboNikitaVasili NikolaevichNormZinaida PreobrazhenskayaSanford PrinceRezidentFather RivasRuslanIrina SemenovaCaptain StaponovGregory ThomasFred TimbrookNikolai TimoshevAnatoli VictorovichVolodyaTatiana VyazemtsevaViktor ZhukovArkady Zotov
Agent AderholtAgent AmadorAgent BatholomewBernadetteAgent BrooksGene CraftAgent DelluvaAgent GaadAgent GanzelAgent HalliwellMartha HansonAgent HillAgent JamesAgent LoebMail RobotAgent MilbankMike OrndorffAgent PedersenAgent SamuelsAgent Wolfe
Recurring Characters
Janine AderholtAliceArthurAnton BaklanovJackson BarberMatthew BeemanSandra BeemanIsaac BrelandKimberly BrelandAlexander BurovElina BurovaIgor BurovYelena BurovaYevgeny BurovSofia BystrovaCarlChrisClaire LouiseCurtisBruce DameranDeputy Attorney GeneralTuan EckertElizabeth's MotherEricaLydia ForminaLinh GaadMartin GurrinBill HansonElaine HansonErica HaskardGlenn HaskardHowardIliaJackieViola JohnsonKelliDeirdre KempKendallLaceyAndrew LarrickLawrenceLisaMauricePatrick McCleeshAlexei MorozovEvgheniya MorozovaPasha MorozovBrad MullinNancyNealFyodor NesterenkoTed PaaswellPastor TimRichard PattersonPaulYousaf RanaLewis RendellLyle RennhullRickEkaterina RikovaMischa SemenovDmitri SharanovDon SeongYoung-Hee SeongEvi SneijderStavosBenjamin StobertWalter TaffetThomasToddToriVasoEugene VenterWadeMrs. WeinbergerYossiZach
Minor Characters
AaronAbbyCalvin AderholtAlbertAlejandroC. AmanJacob BaklanovStuart BatletErrol BengosterAndrzej BielawskiBorisJeremy BranchBrianCharlotteRandy ChiltonJerry ClancyClarkAmelia ConnorsDerekDmitriRay FucciRabbi GittelsenJohn GranholmGraysonM. HanleyKevin JeffriesJennyGeneral KovtunLanaGary LiaMatteen and SalarBetsy McLellanNickNicoleRoy OatwayOlyaRich PerkinsJavid PervezK PortmanAnna ProkopchukPyotrJoyce RamirezRaymondRichThane RosenbloomSarahDavid SatoKurt SchultzRobert SemelFyodor SemenovShaneJohn SkeeversDana SimonMajor StoddardAlan StreiterTamaraBob TannerChristy TannerTerrified BusboyEdgar ThompsonTomTonyAndy TurnerBetty TurnerEvan UrqhardtFather ViktorVinceAbassin ZadranZev
Historical Characters
Yuri AndropovMarion BarryGeorge H W BushKonstantin ChernenkoMikhail GorbachevAlexander HaigNikita KhrushchevVladimir LeninSam NunnRonald ReaganJoseph StalinCaspar Weinberger