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Transcript: Arkady Babchenko's Remarks After SBU Sting Operation (Edited)


Transcript: Arkady Babchenko's Remarks After SBU Sting Operation (Edited)

"First, I’d like to apologize for everything you’ve had to go through. I’ve been at the funeral of many friends and colleagues, and I know this nauseous feeling. Sorry for imposing this upon you, but there was no other way.

"Special apologies to my wife for the hell she’s been through these two days. Olya, excuse me, please, but there was no other option.

"I’d also like to thank the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) for saving my life. ... This operation has been prepared for two months. I was told about this a month ago. ...

"A week or two ago, Russia announced that [Islamic State] were preparing terrorist attacks before the Champions League [final in Kyiv]. I think it was going to be my [assassination]. ...

"What else to say? As I said, two months ago I was approached and told that my assassination has been commissioned and money allocated. Forty-thousand dollars. It turns out I’m quite valuable!"

(Translated by Petr Serebryani)
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