Belarus 🇧🇾 Brest region (Брэ́сцкая во́бласць). Brest (Берасьце). St. Nicholas Brethren Church on Soviet Street, completed early 1900s. It was used as storage during Soviet times. In 1996, services resumed.
She sense the strike before she felt it. Natalia's hand flew through the air coming to land on Yelena's face. Would this ever end?! Natalia had stolen Yelena's identity, exploiting the younger Widow's access to sensitive information. Romanova had single-handedly toppled the corrupted government of GRU, eliminated their highest ranking operatives, and took their haul, all while wearing the face of one Yelena Belova. What's worse is Yelena never saw it coming. She should have seen it coming.
Another strike, this time to the other side of her face. "Do you see now?! Do you understand the importance of snapping out of Their control?! They have lied to us our entire lives, Yelena. They taught us these skills not to fight for our lives, but to take lives. They are corrupt beyond redemption, the scum of the earth! One by one they will all fall." They, of course, was a reference to the Red Room operation in Russia. The place Yelena spent most of her life. The place, believe it or not, Yelena was starting to wish she could go back to right about now. Another strike. "But not you. You who always followed in my footsteps can follow me now!" Freezing water splashed in her face, cubes of ice smacking her cuts and bruises on her face.
The Identity Thief had been at this for hours, alternating methods of torture to keep her prisoner on her toes. Metaphorically speaking. In reality, Yelena was chained to a support beam, her clothes torn and the rest of her a mess. At least Natalia had given Yelena her face back. It was cruelty in the name of kindness. The older Widow went on and on and on about how everything was a lie, how it was time to change sides. The physical and psychological abuse was all to break Yelena free from the years of brainwashing from the Red Room. It was no surprise that Natalia was introducing some brainwashing of her own. There was nothing Yelena hated more than someone reaching inside her mind and bending it to their will. She was always more stubborn than more, it was part of what made her such a good competitor. But it was also her downfall. The more Yelena resisted, the more brutal Natalia's methods became.
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The Tokarev SVT-40 was a 1940 update of the SVT-38 semi-automatic rifle fielded by the Soviet Union. The SVT-38 was Russia's first mass-produced self-loading rifle, with the older Fedorov Avtomat fielded by the Russian Empire during World War I never seeing widespread production.
The SVT-40 was lighter, more reliable and easier to manufacture than the SVT-38. Although intended to completely replace the Mosin-Nagant in service, the beginning of World War II would slow this transition. Approximately 1.6 million SVT-40s were produced before the end of the war. Its core concept as a semi-automatic rifle would lead to the SKS - a similarly tilting bolt short-stroke gas piston rifle chambered in the intermediate 7.62x39mm - in 1944.
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