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Experimentation and Maintenance

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These are notes kept by the scientists who held The Winter Soldier, in 1970, under Doctor Arnim Zola and Colonel Vasily Karpov

 

 

Entry 128:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 20, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Soldier removed from cryostasis

Soldier rehydrated through IV. Nutritional supplement administered through feeding tube.

Soldier given adequate clothing and assigned a room.

 

Entry 129:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 21, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Doctor Zola has returned from America, unannounced. He has brought with him a Colonel Vasily Karpov. Karpov is an officer in the Russian Armed Forces. How he and Zola even know each other no one is sure. The Director is suspicious, but ultimately Zola is the only one who has proven he can control The Winter Soldier. Therefore, The Committee is allowing Doctor Zola a great deal of latitude. Colonel Karpov's presence must serve some purpose.

The current schedule for The Winter Soldier's conditioning treatment is:

Electric shock therapy:
500V
shock held for 30 seconds
administered at 10 minute intervals
repeated 5 times

Scopolamine/Sodium Pentathol administration:
7.5 milligrams Scopolamine
450 milligrams Sodium Pentathol
intravenously with saline
repeated after each shock session

The Winter Soldier is responding decently to this level of voltage and this dosage. However, he is not in the perfect state of mind that Doctor Zola wants. Due to this, Doctor Zola is repeating the treatment a second time today. Vasily Karpov is in the lab observing what Zola is doing. He is taking his own notes. And Zola is explaining to him exactly what he is doing and why. He is even telling him about the tendency of The Winter Soldier to resist the conditioning because he heals during cryo.

Doctor Zola appears to be training Karpov in the maintenance of The Winter Soldier.

 

Entry 130:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 22, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

There was a heated discussion this morning between The Director and Doctor Zola. The Americans have a new Captain America. He is supposed to represent their freedom in opposition to our communism. The Director says he is a reaction to the Cold War and that Zola is over reacting. There was some discussion amongst the technicians as to whether Captain America was a real person during the war. The debate went unresolved. No one was willing to ask Doctor Zola, whom we know was in the war.

Doctor Zola spent the morning educating Colonel Karpov on the purpose of the conditioning and the use of hypnotism. Karpov now knows all about the electroshock. He knows which drugs are administered and how much of them are used. Zola is giving him all of the information about The Winter Soldier that we have.

We were instructed to provide Karpov with our own notes. He has been given all we have on the mental processes involved in programming Winter into being the soldier that The Committee wants him to be. He knows all of the physical tests and procedures we put him through. He knows the punishments Winter has served for failing missions. We had to give him all we have. Zola gave Karpov everything. Who is this Vasily Karpov? Why is he here? And why does he need to know all of this about The Winter Soldier?

 

Entry 131:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 23, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Colonel Karpov spoke with The Director, as well as everyone who works in the lab. He is now completely aware of The Winter Soldier's purpose.

Doctor Zola has explained to Karpov everything about how The Winter Soldier is meant to function. He has told him how the intent has differed somewhat from the actuality.

Karpov has been reviewing our records. He asked a lot of questions about how the cryostasis unit works. We were ordered to answer anything he wanted to know. Karpov believes the process of having to cleanse The Winter Soldier is a messy and unnecessary step. He was fascinated by the necessary calorie intake for a man with The Winter Soldier's enhancements. He expressed opinions about the use of solid foods! He believes our program would be better served if Winter were placed on a feeding tube on a permanent basis. This would allow Winter's caloric needs to be met sooner and quicker, as well as remove the cleanse requirement.

Instead of being outraged or even concerned that Karpov has opinions about how we maintain The Winter Soldier, Doctor Zola is all smiles and encouragement. Karpov watched the process of removing Winter from stasis a few days ago. Then he watched the conditioning. Now he is observing Winter's feeding and exercise and bathing. What is Doctor Zola doing?

 

Entry 132:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 24, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Today, The Winter Soldier was required to demonstrate his abilities with firearms and combat to Colonel Karpov. As Karpov is a soldier himself, he again expressed quite a few opinions about what changes should be made to better train Winter. He believes that Winter should be used in combat training much more frequently than he is. He thinks that soldiers or mercenaries should be brought in to challenge Winter. Zola is now having Karpov keep all of his suggestions and thoughts in a notebook for further consideration at a later date.

The Winter Soldier was also made to show everything he could do with the prosthetic. Karpov is now knowledgeable about the parameters of the strength of the arm. He knows how well it can be manipulated. He was even allowed to touch it and examine it himself. And he wrote pages worth of notes about it. Doctor Zola gave him a file with Anton Vanko's name on the front. So, Karpov will also know everything about Vanko that Zola does.

The Winter Soldier is being shown off and the secrets of The Winter Soldier Project are being given to an outsider. And still, no explanation is forthcoming.

 

Entry 133:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 25, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Something of an explanation was finally given today. Colonel Karpov is meant to be a new handler for The Winter Soldier.

Doctor Zola and Karpov spent hours today with Winter. Karpov spoke with him at length. Zola seems to be attempting to transfer some of Winter's handler loyalty to Karpov. Whether Zola can actually program Winter to answer to a new handler is yet to be seen.

Doctor Zola also spent time behind closed doors with The Director. The Director has been wary of Karpov's presence before now. After meeting with Zola alone, The Director is more relaxed. He looked over all of the notes that Karpov has made thus far. And he was polite to Zola. He has always been extremely professional and aloof with Zola. It has been noted before that he does not care for Zola's uses of The Winter Soldier. He has made no secret of his desire to have more control of the program himself. And he has tried to use Winter for his own mission purposes a few times. Then today, he speaks with Zola alone and his interactions with him afterward are noticeably different.

If The Winter Soldier needed an additional handler, why was that job not given to The Director? He is already familiar with everything about The Winter Soldier Project. Why bring in an outside man?

Doctor Zola told Winter that he will be programmed to accept Karpov as his handler. That will begin doing that tomorrow. As there has been no talk at all of replacing Doctor Fennhoff as Winter's primary programmer, Doctor Zola will be doing the programming himself.

 

Entry 134:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 28, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Doctor Zola has used the conditioning treatment on The Winter Soldier each of the past 3 days. He made a new recording of himself to play in the headphones during and after the treatments. The new programming is training Winter to accept Vasily Karpov as a new handler. Doctor Zola is confidant that Winter can be made to be loyal to Karpov.

Karpov has had hours of interaction with Winter these past days. They have spent time speaking with one another in a closed room. No one knows exactly what is being said, but it is believed that he is doing much the same as Zola's recording. Trying to gain the loyalty of The Winter Soldier.

Winter has also been demonstrating more of his abilities. He has given yoga and ballet performances. The technicians have been allowed to watch these. The Winter Soldier is a magnificent specimen and his movements are amazing to see. He is graceful and powerful at the same time. It is truly a stunning thing to observe.

Karpov has expressed interest in arranging some combat challenges for Winter. Doctor Zola has agreed. Karpov will be contacting some of his military connections to find appropriate opponents for Winter.

 

Entry 135:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

July 30, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

And now the truth is known. Doctor Zola has been given a cancer diagnosis. He does not expect to live more than two more years even with the treatments he will receive in America. Vasily Karpov has been brought in not only as a new handler, but as a replacement handler for Zola himself.

Zola and Karpov discussed an astounding plan today. With some advanced technology that Zola has acquired, from where he did not say, they intend to make a complete recording of Doctor Zola. It sounds a bit like the hypnosis recordings that are used for The Winter Soldier. Except much more involved. Zola's entire self would somehow be recorded. He says the process would actually be his consciousness inside a computer. The amount of tape space necessary must be incredible. A recording of everything Zola knows. A lifetime of information. Zola is not a young man. He must be close to 70 years old. Maybe older? What he knows is surely too much to be confined in a computer. No computer has the ability to hold that much.

 

Entry 136:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

August 2, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Doctor Zola and Colonel Karpov have been making plans for a new cryo chamber. Zola says he has every confidence that Anton Vanko can make one that will work better than what is currently being used. Apparently, the unit here has been in use since the mid 40's.

The Winter Soldier has been an asset since the mid 40's! So much of his file is redacted, none of the technicians knew he had been here so long. The most information any of us can access is all related to his maintenance and some experimentation. The records contained in this file only go back to 1958. When The Winter Soldier was brought to this facility in Moscow. No one even knows where he was before then. We all just assumed he came here soon after being made a physically enhanced soldier. But it seems he has been around a great deal longer than the records show.

The cryo chamber plans call for a much deeper freeze than the one we have is capable of. Zola believes this would stop the brain healing issue that The Winter Soldier has now. Zola also wants speakers to be installed in a way that his recordings can play directly to Winter even while he is unconscious. Zola says the brain can hear and retain information when it is asleep, and therefore perhaps while it is frozen as well. He thinks the use of recordings during cryostasis would make the programming deeper. And so, more permanent.

 

Entry 137:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

August 5, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Doctor Zola and Colonel Karpov are researching a way to better control The Winter Soldier. Zola advocates continuing to increase the voltage and dosage used in the conditioning treatments. Karpov believes the addition of programming during cryostasis would also be very helpful. They both want something more than that though. They want a guarantee. They want a way to prevent any breaking in the programming. They want Winter to be a perfect soldier.

Colonel Karpov was unable to get anyone in to act as combat opponents for Winter. There was not enough time to find men who were impressive enough and have them investigated and get them appropriate clearance to be brought to the facility and learn about The Winter Soldier Project. He plans to get this accomplished between now and his return.

Zola is returning to America tomorrow. He has to start working with his doctors to treat his cancer and prolong his life as much as he can. At least he can go with the peace of mind that The Winter Soldier is accepting of Karpov as his new handler.

 

Entry 138:

KGB Facility
Moscow
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

August 6, 1970

Director Piotr Savelievich Assonov supervising
Doctor Arnim Zola assisting
Vasily Karpov assisting

Cryostasis unit prepared

Soldier's preparation for stasis:
intestinal cleanse
sedative administered

The Soldier is deemed undamaged by stasis procedure