Havel was the older brother of Nadya.
Havel, Nadya, their father Maxim Grushov, and their mother lived in Duva. After the death of his mother, Havel was drafted into the army and left for training in Poliznaya. Duva held a town dance the night before he left; Havel was happy to leave the famine in Duva behind. Havel told Nadya to be safe in his absence, but could not tell her how.
He served in the northern campaign and came home to Duva a hero.