The wife of the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, Marianna Budanova, was poisoned with heavy metals. This became known on November 28.

According to the media, Marianna Budanova is in the hospital – the woman was hospitalized when her health began to deteriorate. The wife of the head of the Main Directorate of Intelligence was diagnosed with heavy metal damage. Ukrainska Pravda sources reported that Kyrylo Budanov's wife was most likely poisoned because of food. has collected everything that is known about the wife of the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine, Marianna Budanova.


Marianna Budanova was born on August 3, 1993 in the village of Stavyshche, Kyiv region. She is a psychologist by education.

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.

Kyrylo Budanov's wife is Marianna Budanova. PHOTO: ELLE UKRAINE

"The time of my appointment was last summer (2021 - ed.), when the first signals were heard that a full-scale invasion of Russia was possible. Of course, no one realized the real scale, but preparations were underway. I was engaged in the internal organizational work of the department, checking tenders, preparing plans and audits, and various communication activities. But all this was interrupted on February 24," Marianna said.

Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale invasion, Marianna has been volunteering.

"We took out several cars with cats, helped with food to people who fed the fighters of the Territorial Defense Forces, and handed over the necessary things for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. There are always a lot of requests, and the problems are not exhausted... Like many Ukrainians today, I try to do what I can," the woman says in an interview.

Marianna Budanova / Photo: ELLE. UA

Marriage to Kyrylo Budanov

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.

Kyrylo and Marianna Budanov / Photo: ELLE. UA

Kyrylo Budanov also said that after the start of the war, Marianna lived with him in his office.

"My wife lives with me in the office, 24/7," he shared in an interview.

Marianna herself said that under no circumstances would she agree to go abroad or at least to the western regions of Ukraine.

"On the evening of February 23, my husband told me that a full-scale invasion would begin at 5:00 a.m. We packed up and went to his work, and we've been away from home ever since. Already in the evening, I watched the preparation of the first groups of special forces, who were to go to Hostomel, the issuance of weapons and ammunition. Everyone was waiting," she said in an interview.