|When Noah Bennet joined the Primatech Company he was partnered with Claude Rains -- a man who could turn himself invisible. In their early years, both men worked under the supervision of Ivan Spektor, a Russian Company Agent. After a few years of experience, HRG and Claude are now on a bag and tag mission in Moscow -- receiving help from a newly retired Ivan. But Ivan's presence could prove to be very damaging...|
In December 1998, Noah Bennet and Claude go to Moscow on a bag and tag mission, where they meet up with Ivan Spektor, who has now retired from the Company. They are hunting an evolved human known as the Russian, who seems to be the patriarch of a criminal family, all of them notoriously difficult to capture. They pursue him through a subway station, but when Claude suddenly appears in front of him, the Russian uses his age shifting ability to alter his appearance. They all follow him onto a subway train, and Noah realizes that all the members of the Russian's "family" are in fact the same man, shifting his age from young to old. Noah wonders how dangerous the Russian really is, and although Ivan points out that anyone with an ability can be a threat, Noah knows that they still possess humanity. When they finally catch up with the Russian, he age-shifts into a child. Claude says that Noah cannot shoot a young boy, but Ivan reminds him that his age is an illusion. Noah pulls his gun and wonders whether he can bring himself to shoot.