Yelena Alexandrovna Burova is the wife of Igor Burov, and mother of Oleg Burov and his late brother Yevgeny. Oleg has a very close relationship with her, returning home when his brother is killed in action in Afghanistan. In 1984, Oleg discovers that she spent time in a prison camp for "sabotage," and survived by sleeping with the camp's doctor, receiving food and clothing in return.