On Tuesday afternoon, November 28, information appeared in the information space about the poisoning of the wife of the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, Marianna Budanova. Later, this fact was confirmed by the Main Directorate of Intelligence.
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As a reminder, the media, citing intelligence sources, reported that Marianna was poisoned with heavy metals. She is currently in the hospital. Budanova was hospitalized when her health began to deteriorate.
Who Was the Enemy's Target
In a comment to Babel, the interlocutor of the Main Directorate of Intelligence said that the heavy blizzards found in Budanova are not used either in everyday life or in military affairs. Which may indicate a "deliberate attempt to poison a specific person."
"Now the course of treatment is being completed, then there is the control of doctors. These substances are in no way used in everyday life and military affairs. Their presence may indicate a deliberate attempt to poison a particular person," the intelligence said.
Political strategist Serhiy Haidai suggests that the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate and his family may be a target for the Russian Federation.
"They have such a tool as poisoning, poisons — very different, starting with Novichok and another — for those they consider enemies. Apparently, Mr. Budanov and his family are such a target for them," Haidai said on Radio NV.
Wife of the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Marianna Budanova. Photo: ELLE. UA
How and with what could have poisoned Budanov's wife
Ukrainska Pravda sources in the security forces said that Budanov's wife was most likely poisoned because of food. Meanwhile, political strategist Serhiy Haidai does not rule out that she could have been poisoned with something similar to Novichok. In addition, he assumes that Russia may be involved in the incident, and explained why.
"It is poisoning and poisons that are the main, if you can call it that, "chip" of the Soviet special services, starting from the time of the creation of the Soviet Union," the political strategist said.
The expert recalled that since the times of the USSR, the Soviet special services have been developing poisonous substances that poisoned, in particular abroad, enemies of the Soviet, and then Russian regimes.
"And we all saw it, how many enemies of the Soviet government, and then Russia, were poisoned, and abroad too. These are well-known cases of recent times - the Skripals, poisoned in Britain, and there is a version of the poisoning of (the third president of Ukraine - ed.) Yushchenko during the election campaign, and their opposition," the political strategist said.
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Together with Budanov's wife, several other workers were poisoned
According to media reports, citing intelligence sources, in addition to Budanov's wife, signs of poisoning were found in several other employees of the Main Directorate of Intelligence.
"Since Budanov's wife is small with little weight, it manifested itself in her faster. And so the poisoning was confirmed in several more employees: they are just a little gigantic, they did not notice anything about themselves, now they are also being treated," sources in the security forces told Ukrainska Pravda.
Were poisonous substances found in Kyrylo Budanov?
RBC-Ukraine, citing two sources in the special services, reported that the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, did not show signs of poisoning, and everything is fine with him.
"He's fine, nothing was found on him," said one of the interlocutors.
Reaction of the power steering
After rumors about the alleged poisoning of Mariana Budanova were publicized in the media, the Main Directorate of Intelligence commented. Intelligence representative Andriy Yusov confirmed in a comment to Radio Liberty that they tried to poison the wife of the chief intelligence officer.
According to him, the wife of the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence, Marianna, was indeed poisoned with heavy metals and is currently undergoing treatment, which is already being completed.
However, Yusov did not comment on whether the intelligence officers were poisoned.
What is known about Marianna Budanova
According to open data, Marianna Budanova was born on August 3, 1993 in the village of Stavyshche, Kyiv region. He is a psychologist by education.
According to the Chesno movement, from 2015 to 2017, Marianna volunteered at the Main Military Hospital in Kyiv. It is known that in 2020, Kyrylo Budanov's wife ran for deputy from Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party. In 2021, she advised Vitali Klitschko on combating corruption in the field of youth policy and sports on a voluntary basis.
As she said in an interview with ELLE, since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, Marianna has been volunteering.
Marianna is the second wife of Kyrylo Budanov. He got married for the first time in 2009. It is unknown how long Budanov's first marriage lasted, but in 2013, the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence married for the second time. She met her future husband before the start of Euromaidan in 2013.
According to Kyrylo Budanova, in 2023 he and Marianna celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary.
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