Baba Olya was an old woman who lived in Duva.
During the famine that struck Duva, the old women of the village would sit on Baba Olya's porch and discuss khitka. When Anton Kozar said lecherous things, Baba Olya threw a rock at him. She brought her treasured samovar to the village dance the night before Havel left to join the army. After Maxim Grushov married Karina Stoyanova, Maxim's daughter Nadya spent the night in Baba Olya's front room to give the new couple privacy.
Baba Olya had gnarled hands.