"Sofia? You know her too...?"
"Er--I know the capital of Bulgaria-- That's where you busted up that human trafficking ring..."
Natasha Romanoff and Gennady Markov[src]

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in southeastern Europe.


The members of a particular human trafficking ring snatched the woman who would become the mercenary known as Sofia at the age of fourteen from her hometown of Saint Petersburg to one of their Bulgarian houses in Sofia.

Before joining S.H.I.E.L.D., Natasha Romanoff slaughtered this human trafficking ring, while Agent Gennady Markov was stationed in Bulgaria investigating them for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Romanoff killed every single member and set the place ablaze, while, unbeknownst to her, the exploited girls were trapped inside and left to die in the fire.

Sofia survived this incident, and grew up to admire Romanoff, wanting to surpass her and claim the mantle of the Black Widow.[1]


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