Babchenko’s “Killer” Confesses: “I was a Ukrainian spy!” – Part II

Dear Readers:

Without further ado, here is my translation of the VZGLIAD online newspaper interview with fugitive faux-assassin Vyacheslav Pivovarnik:

VZGLIAD: Where are you right now? Can you say?

Pivovarnik: Let’s just say I’m somewhere in Europe. Without going into any details…

VZGLIAD:  How do you relate to the fact that you are reckoned to be the guy who ordered Babchenko’s murder?

Pivovarnik:  The whole case against me is based on German’s testimony in the courtroom.  Other than that, there is nothing.  This was a kangaroo court.  The real story was covered up.  Nobody knows anything.

Babchenko is greeted by the SBU after his noisy defection.

VZGLIAD:  And yet German named you as the guy who ordered the hit.

Pivovarnik:  He made a deal.  He received a ridiculous sentence of 4.5 years.  For murder!

VZGLIAD:   In other words, you assert that all of this was a special ops of the SBU.  How did it all begin?

Pivovarnik:  It was a long process.  Approximately in April of 2018 the SBU leadership made a decision that Babchenko would become a sacrificial victim.  The first sacrifice.

VZGLIAD:  You have claimed that there was a list of 47 people?

Pivovarnik:  They weren’t getting the resonance that they needed.  They needed conspiracies and intrigue — that’s why they created the list.  At first 30 people, then 47.  I have no clue how they picked the members of the list.  In the beginning they were promising a sensational story, and then they made everything secret, and swept it into the bushes.

VZGLIAD:  Did you order this hit, were you the hit man, were you the middleman?  What exactly was your role?

Pivovarnik: Claims to have been a Ukrainian secret agent operating within Russia.

Pivovarnik:  I was not the hit man.  I was not anybody.  I was just a person that they could connect with Moscow.  My role was different.  I operated on the territory of the Russian Federation, and my job there was to motivate and document the outcome, assuming a positive outcome in the organization of this affair, as well as others.

VZGLIAD:  Could you explain that more concretely?  I don’t really understand.

Pivovarnik:  Well, how are they supposed to prove the “Russian trace” without actual Russians?  When they present this case to international organizations and to the media?  For this reason they worked out an operation to utilize SBU agents stationed inside Russia.  Those agents were supposed to organize everything:  Earn peoples trust, offer financial incentives.

VZGLIAD:  Why did they pick Babchenko to be their sacrificial lamb?

Pivovarnik:  Don’t ask me.  If I had to guess, I would say his critical [against Russia] opinions sometimes rising to the level of a miasma.  They believed that his rants had seriously wounded the ruling elites in Moscow.

VZGLIAD:  Tell me about your work.

Pivovarnik:  Like with any secret agent, I was tied to my curator.

VZGLIAD:  Who is your curator?

Pivovarnik:  Andrei Kapustin.  Currently he is an agent of the 3rd level of the GUR [main office of Ukrainian military intelligence], but in the past he worked for counter-intel within the SBU.  I have been working with him for a long time.  My specialties were tariffs, logistics, contraband — under the curatorship of the SBU; and I also worked in the sphere of weapons exports in the years 2010-2012, right up until the Maidan.

Andrei Kapustin, Ukrainian military counter-Intel

VZGLIAD:  Are you acquainted with Boris German, and if so, for how long?

Pivovarnik:  We have been friends and have worked together since 2009, our families are very close.

VZGLIAD:  In the courtroom German also suddenly announced, unexpectedly, that he is an agent of the SBU, or even an associate of the SBU.

Pivovarnik:  It’s true.  He was set up.  Just like me.

VZGLIAD:  But German also testified in court, that you work for Putin’s personal Fund.  He said you were responsible for disorders in the Ukraine, and for political assassinations.  Why would he say that?

Pivovarnik:  I repeat once again, that he [German] was not testifying of his own free will, I understand him completely, those guys can make you testify against your own mother.  That’s the way the system works.

Boris German: Sentenced to four and a half years.

VZGLIAD:  Are you saying that his claim, that you work for Putin’s fund, is not true?

Pivovarnik:  I worked in Russia for the interests of the Ukraine, in part for the interests of Ukrainian special services.

VZGLIAD:  Are you still in contact with your handler?

Pivovarnik:  Our last communication was that same summer.  Once the assignment had been given, this project to create this provocation by staging the murder of a journalist, then my job was to play the role of a man with lots of connections and resources.  And then our own agency tossed us under the bus.  They needed some patsies.

VZGLIAD:  Did you go to Russia after this incident with Babchenko?

Pivovarnik:  I was already in Russia!  And after that I left Russia.  I fled to Europe.  Some friends hid me there, my own people.  And then I left again.  Right now my situation is not any better…

Thus ends the interview.  The VZGLIAD reporter goes on to provide more details about the case, based on documentation provided by the fugitive Pivovarnik…

[to be continued]

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2 Responses to Babchenko’s “Killer” Confesses: “I was a Ukrainian spy!” – Part II

  1. Mark Chapman says:

    The whole thing smells, to me. For starters, why would the Ukrainian organizers suddenly be so concerned with establishing Russian ‘provenance’ for the plot? It’s always been enough in the past simply to say that Russia was responsible, and they have tons of proof – nobody has ever suggested they show it, and the western press eagerly runs with it with no further amplification necessary. If some intrepid reporter ever said “let’s see it”, they could easily go with the “I could show you, but then I’d have to kill you” national-security bullshit the USA always trots out when its ‘proof’ has actually come from wild-eyed social media or Bellingcat or some other dubious source.

    The whole Babchenko affair, except for his self-loathing kreaklism, had an awkward and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants feel about it, seemingly an immensely complicated exercise whose purpose nobody could satisfactorily explain. So I suppose it’s possible Pivovarnik could be telling the truth. But I can’t help recalling that ‘defecting aviation mechanic’, whatever his name was, who was so forthcoming with the Ukrainian Air Force’s suspicious activities the day MH17 went down, and shaky Voloshin muttering that ‘it was the wrong plane’ and everything but “I sure hope Russian intelligence is not listening in on this, because I’d be in so much trouble”. That whole thing was just awkward, and ended up damaging Russian denial more than supporting it, it looked so fake. How does Pivovarnik’s confession help Russia, other than to establish there are Ukrainian agents working in Russia? That was a given as soon as there was a significant flow of Ukrainian refugees, and it would be stunning if the SBU did not take advantage of having so many people who can easily pass as ethnic Russians.


    • yalensis says:

      You raise good points, Sir!
      Some of these wackier plots never really make much sense. Maybe intel guys with just two much time on their hands; and their job consists of sitting around and brainstorming silly intrigues, for example: “What if we had somebody slip an exploding cigar to Fidel Castro?”

      What makes Pivovarnik semi-authentic to me is that he doesn’t claim to be some Maidan turnover. Claims he was working as a Ukrainian spy within Russia since 2009. Was given various routine assignments by his handler, such as arms smuggling, etc. We can be pretty sure that that stuff was actually going on. Even the pre-Maidan Ukrainian governments plotted against Russia in various ways, for example helping Chechen “freedom fighters”, etc.

      Then something happened – namely the Maidan! It wouldn’t be the first time in Russian history that a radical change in government left the various spies out there in the cold. And new then guys are hired, the old bosses leave, new bosses come in, what to do about these agents out there in the cold? Need to either bring them in or think up some new assignments for them…
      You also have to keep in mind the mental caliber of the “new bosses” brought in by the Maidan Revolution, most of those guys are pure retards.


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