Zlatica has done an exc job of locating ????? = Zhychin, which is 3 miles ESE of Malech. From late 18th century to 1921 derevnya/village Zhychin and Malech >Pruzhany uyezd (county) > Grodno gubernia/region > Tsarist Russia and later Soviet Russia.During the Interwar Period (1921-1938)this region came under Reconstituted Poland's domain.Technically Poland had not existed as a geopolitical entity for the previous 125 yrs+. Pruzhany was changed to PolishPruzana powiat/county and the region was renamed to Polesie wojiwodstwo/region. Post WW2 this area became a part of Belarus SSR until 1991 when it became independent.Today Zhychin remains hamlet size > Berezovsky raion/district > Brest region > Belarus.
If Elena was Orthodox, you should be able to locate her records in Grodno. The filial Orthodox church was in Malech. She may have been Greek Catholic, ethnically a Polischak*** (micro-ethnic Ruthenian). Filial GC Church was in Malech. Those records would be at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius. There are also some GC Church records for Grodno gubernia @ LvivHistorical Archives in Ukraine.
Polischaks spoke a dialect, cross between Ukrainian and Polish. _________________________________________
Following is genealogy link devoted to what is Belarus today. brestregion.com