For the eponymous organization, see Solntsevskaya Bratva.
"To our imperfect union. Vashe zdorovie."
—Anatoly to Oliver
"Bratva" is the twelfth episode of the fifth season of Arrow, and the one-hundred-fourth episode overall. It aired on February 8, 2017.


A mission takes Oliver, Felicity and team to Russia where they meet up with Oliver’s old friend, Anatoly. Meanwhile, fresh out of rehab, Lance returns to the mayor’s office ready to get back to work. However, when Susan asks for an interview with Lance to discuss his addiction, he balks and it’s up to Rene to help keep things on track.[1]


Preparation ran from November 3 until November 14, 2016, with a break on November 11 for Remembrance Day. Filming began November 15 and ran until November 28, 2016, with a break on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.[2]


  • Custom LEGO end cards were created exclusively for this episode's broadcast on The CW to coincide The LEGO Batman Movie that was released into theaters two days after the airing.
  • After suggesting that Oliver and Dinah slept together, Felicity musingly states "what happens in Russia, stays in Russia, remember?", harking back to the second season episode, "Keep Your Enemies Closer", in which Felicity caught Isabel Rochev walking out of Oliver's room following sex, causing her to say the phrase.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Anatoly in present day since "Keep Your Enemies Closer".
  • This is the last episode to feature Rory Regan as a member of Team Arrow in the series despite his promise that he will return to the team in the future.




  1. Arrow: Episode 5.12 “Bratva” Press Release - SpoilerToday
  2. Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) - Twitter