Oleg Igorevich Burov is a main character on the FX series The Americans. He is the head of the KGB Directorate X department, which focuses on scientific and technological intelligence. Working at the Rezidentura, he has interesting relationships with colleagues Arkady Zotov and Tatiana Vyazemtseva.

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Oleg was born to a wealthy family in the Soviet Union. His father is a high ranking government official. He also has a mother and he had a brother who served in the Red Army as a captain until he was killed in Afghanistan in 1983.

His brother did not get a proper military burial since the government wouldn't publicly acknowledge the war in Afghanistan. This angered both Oleg and his father.

As a young man, Oleg studied at Bauman Technical University and was eventually recruited by the KGB.

Throughout the series

Before Nina Krilova was sent back to the Soviet Union for treason, he fell in love with her. He later collaborated with FBI agent Stan Beeman in a failed attempt to save her. Oleg betrayed his lover Tatiana, by providing information to Stan that led to the capture and death of William Crandall.

Oleg returned to the Soviet Union in Season Five, where he lived at home and investigated corruption in the Soviet food supply. He eventually left the KGB altogether and worked for the government in his father's area for urban transport planning.

By Season Six, he had married a childhood playmate (Elina), and has a 1 year old son, Sasha. He leaves them to return to the US at Arkady's request, enrolling in university courses as a cover for meetings with Philip Jennings. Oleg is ultimately arrested by the FBI while picking up a dead drop. As he was not in the US on official KGB business, he lacked diplomatic immunity, and was imprisoned. The series ends with Oleg still in jail; his ultimate fate is not revealed.