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The Black Widows were the Red Room's elite group of female spies and assassins who underwent the Black Widow Program. By the 1980s, they served under the command of Dreykov until the Red Room's termination.
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Taken by Dreykov
- "He takes more every day. Children who don't have anyone to protect them. Just like us when we were small. Maybe one in twenty survives the training, becomes a Widow. The rest, he kills. To him, we are just things. Weapons with no face that he can just throw away."
- ―Yelena Belova to Natasha Romanoff[src]
By the 1980s, the Black Widows fell under the command of Dreykov, a high-ranking officer of the Soviet Union. He had many young girls who were deemed unwanted and lacked protection trafficked and taken to the Red Room Academy, training them to become formidable assassins and talented spies, nothing more than living weapons.
After the Soviet Union was dissolved, Dreykov still operated the Black Widow Program. However, several of these "candidates" were severely injured or even killed during the brutal trainings. Those that lacked adequate skills were killed by Dreykov. According to Yelena Belova, about one in twenty survive the training. For many years, the Black Widows performed secret espionage missions and assassinations and were involved in or possibly orchestrated several crises worldwide, such as the Euromaidan in Ukraine, all while Dreykov met many important world leaders and figures and continued garnering a powerful influence.
Using the information retrieved from the North Institute by Melina Vostokoff and Alexei Shostakov, Vostokoff was able to concoct a mind control serum that would allow Dreykov to control the Widows however he sees fit. In 2016, a Widow named Oksana acquired Red Dust vials and used it on Yelena Belova, freeing her from the mind control. Belova was then tasked to give out the vials to the other Widows and mailed them to Natasha Romanoff, in hopes she could due to her status. Romanoff and Belova teamed up and eventually with Vostokoff and Shostakov's help took down the Red Room and freed a group of Widows. Romanoff then tasked Belova with using the rest of the vials to free other Widows around the world.
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