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Before Natalia defected to the USA she was Russia’s greatest super spy, the KGB codenamed her The Black Widow. Why was she called a “Sexy Soviet Agent” in “Kiss Or Kill.” Take a look into the widow’s mysterious past »
Soviet Super Spy
During the 1940s, the Widow normally operates as a seducer and femme fatale - in KGB slang a ласточка (“lastochka”, meaning “swallow” ; male agents doing the same job were also birds as “ravens”). Her assets are thus her intelligence, beauty and manipulative skill, and she has ample amounts of all of those. Romanova is often considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful women, and with her wiles has been known to have guys make really, really stupid things for her. Sometimes after she openly admitted that she was manipulating them.
The Widow said this on one occasion:
“It is fortunate that he is taken with my beauty ! I will be able to twist him around my little finger ! But he must not learn that I am really a Red spy.”
Natalia was trained since childhood as a spy, actress, martial artist, athlete, acrobat, pilot, markswoman, assassin, special operations soldier, survival expert, etc. She was already an excellent actress and manipulator, and a proficient killer and shooter, by age 10 or 11.
What happened between 1945 and 1956 is unknown. However, the second half of the 1940s is the least problematic era for the rest of the Red Room memories implantation, biochemical modifications and special training to have taken place.
The late 1940s are also the least problematic time span for Natalia and Ivan to have trained with Commissar Bruskin, a renowned KGB senior officer. Bruskin was apparently very close to his two students, and would contact them for help in 1976. He nicknamed the young Natalia “the Black Pearl”.
At some point between 1941 and 1956, Natalia and Ivan left the USSR. They apparently lived as international adventurers and no longer were on speaking terms with the government. The timing and nature of these events is unknown ; documentation restarts in 1956 with Ivan and Natalia in Berlin. At this point Natalia looked in her 20s, though the art style prevents a reliable assessment.
It is possible that their relationship with the Party went sour right after Stalin’s death (1953), based on a flashback about Ivan’s life.
After Stalin’s death, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev discovered the plots that had been running under his predecessor, and was horrified by the brainwashing of little Soviet girls by the Red Room. His intent was to peacefully retire the Black Widow agents, but Natalia and Ivan were either unreachable or did not agree to come back to USSR.
The Red Room
One of the main mysteries is the nature of an espionage training program called the Red Room, which plays a critical role in Natalia Romanova’s life.
For decades the Black Widow program was thought to have been a Cold War program to train the deadliest female spy in the world. It eventually emerged that some sort of training facility called the Red Room was behind the Black Widow program, but it was assumed to have been some sort of collection of KGB experts training and mentoring the most promising girls the KGB could recruit.
In more recent years four things became obvious :
- The Red Room and its Black Widow program are significantly older than the Cold War.
- A mysterious person called Romulus was behind it. Romulus is apparently an ancient, inhuman mastermind with some sort of ties with Wolverine, but it is exceptionally unclear.
- The Red Room wasn’t simply a training facility, but employed biochemical enhancements for its agents and also implanted them with false memories reminiscent of those used by the Weapon Plus program in NATO countries.
- “Who runs the Red Room and what is their agenda” apparently has a very complicated answer, in part because the answer apparently changed several times over the decades. It is even possible that there are several organisations called the Red Room, or that changes were so sweeping on one or more occasion that the organisation was completely transform
The ballerina memories were chosen as something most girls would like. They would find these slightly fairy-tale-ish childhood memories soothing, remain fond of them, and thus become reticent to consider they might be fakes even if presented with evidence or incongruencies. It was also meant for them to reflexively associate the Soviet Union with some of its most admirable features, such as the Bolshoi Ballet, to reinforce their patriotism.
The girls in the Black Widow program, including Natalia, received extensive biochemical treatments designed by a Soviet genius, professor Kudrin. These bolster the subject’s constitution to peak human levels - endurance, pain resistance, temperature extremes tolerance, power of recovery, etc.
They constantly repair the subject’s body - wounds close at a four times the human norm and heal without a trace, toxins and pathogens are attacked by a superhumanly efficient immune system, infection is much less likely to occur than it should, ageing is constantly erased, malady seldom if ever occurs and the subject effortlessly retains good looks - hair never falls out and always remains shiny, skin cannot be damaged by wind or sun and always remains healthy, etc. Pregnancies are also immediately miscarried.
Red Room Timeline:
Natalia graduated the red room ready to take espionage to a new level by joining the KGB > > >
- 1934-1938 - the girls are trained as child assassins and child spies, using then-traditional methods.
- 1938-1939/40 - Natalia (and presumably the others) receive their first infiltration mission, perhaps as a sort of exam or weeding out process.
- 1940-1941 - the least problematic dates for the first stages of the Kudrin treatments and first stages of the Pchelintsov conditioning to take place.
- 1941-1945 - the program is interrupted by the Great Patriotic War, the young Black Widows are deployed among the Red Army as irregular assets. During the war Natalia becomes pregnant but spontaneously aborts - our main reason to suspect that she has received at least part of the Kudrin treatment just before the war.
- 1945-late 1940s - the least problematic dates for the remainder of the Kudrin treatments and the remainder of the Pchelintsov conditioning to take place.
- The activities of the Red Room past that point are very much unclear.
The KGB classified its spies as agents (intelligence providers) and controllers (intelligence relayers). The false-identity or legend assumed by a USSR-born illegal spy was elaborate, using the life of either a “live double” (participant to the fabrications) or a “dead double" (whose identity is tailored to the spy). The agent then substantiated his or herlegend by living it in a foreign country, before emigrating to the target country, thus the sending of US-bound illegal residents via the Soviet embassy in Ottawa, Canada. Tradecraft included stealing and photographing documents, code-names, contacts, targets, and dead letter boxes, and working as a “friend of the cause” or agents provocateur, who would infiltrate the target group to sow dissension, influence policy, and arrange kidnappings and assassinations.