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. During Season Five it is revealed that she spent time in a prison camp for "sabotage," and was forced to sleep with one of the guards, receiving food and clothing in return.