The Flashbacks, man, we're in Russia. That means Bratva!
Based on Scars the Bratva were tough on Oliver.
Keeping the promise to Tiana, Oliver's here for him
This is the last season of flashbacks, we circle back to Lian Yu
Oliver is keeping a promise and has made his way to Russia.
Oliver in Russia is a promise that has been a long time coming since the pilot. Oliver used his Bratva connections thorugh season 2, when Slade killed Alexi Leonov putting his present day status with them in question.
Nobody in the Bratva uses their real names, nobody knows anything about anyone's life before they were Bratva. Its effective, they teach you that the only person you can trust is yourself that without personal attachment there can be no loss.
Oliver parts ways with Lian Yu and Amanda Waller to hunt down Kovar to keep his promise to Tiana.
Its been said this is the last year of flashbacks, so our Russian proverb provided by our favorite Russian Bratva, Anatoly, is appropriate.
"Акула, кто не плавает, не тонет." ~ “The shark who does not swim, drowns.”