Rousseff was captured, tortured, and jailed from 1970 to 1972.
They both helped to found the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) in Rio Grande do Sul, and participated in several of the party's electoral campaigns.
He arrived in Brazil in the 1930s, already widowed (he left behind his son Lyuben, who died in 2007), but soon moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He returned to Brazil several years later, settling in São Paulo, where he succeeded in business.
At dawn, the police invaded the group's house and they responded by using a machine gun, which killed two policemen and wounded another.
Rousseff and Galeno then began sleeping each night in a different location, since their apartment had been visited by one of those arrested.
During that period, Rousseff met Cláudio Galeno Linhares, a brother-in-arms five years her senior.
During a trip to Uberaba, he met Dilma Jane da Silva, a young schoolteacher born in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, and raised in Minas Gerais, where her parents were ranchers.
The two married and settled in Belo Horizonte, where they had three children: Igor, Dilma Vana, and Zana Lúcia (who died in 1977). Pedro Rousseff was a contractor for Mannesmann steel in addition to building and selling real estate.
The family lived in a large house, had three servants, and maintained European habits.
(Rousseff's family had no knowledge of her participation in underground activities).
In addition, Galeno had to undergo facial plastic surgery or a similar procedure (although he denies this) after a sketch of him was released for participating in a bank robbery.