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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 from anyone were trafficked and taken to the Red Room Academy trained 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 injured or even killed during the brutal trainings. Those that lacked showing 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 even 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 Red Guardian, Melina was able to concoct a mind control serum that would allow Dreykov to control the Black Widows however he sees fit.
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