“What kind of poisoning? The patient has delusions of grandeur, he compares himself to Jesus ” Full transcript of Dmitry Peskov’s answers to questions about the attempt on the life of Alexei Navalny
BBC : Dmitry Sergeevich, how could you comment on the conversation between Alexei Navalny and the alleged participant in the operation to poison him, in which this alleged participant tells how they destroyed the evidence?
Dmitry Peskov : Well, you know, the Federal Security Service commented on this conversation yesterday, quite comprehensively and unequivocally. Therefore, here I see no point in adding something.
CNN : Does the Kremlin still deny any connection to this poisoning?
Dmitry Peskov : What kind of poisoning?
CNN : Alexei Navalny.
Dmitry Peskov : I see. Well, we, in fact … Neither the Kremlin, no one can speak unambiguously about some kind of poisoning. We have repeatedly said that, unfortunately, we are not able to obtain the information necessary for the investigation from our counterparts in Berlin – from the Charite doctors and those doctors who work in the laboratories in Berlin, Sweden and France. Also, we have not been able to receive the requested information from the OPCW for a long time. In this regard, we cannot speak unambiguously about any poisoning, we do not have data on this score. All other exercises – well, probably, they should be treated in line with what was said yesterday from the Federal Security Service.
Business FM : Did you familiarize yourself with the video in the Kremlin or did you prefer not to watch it, not to be interested?
Dmitry Peskov : Well, listen, we certainly don’t have time to watch such materials. You see, in general there is enough work. We do not complain about the lack of work. But what I can tell you, I will abuse it a little and, probably, I will allow myself to express my personal point of view, which I usually do not express, because I have no right to do so. I’ll abuse it a little here.In general, we can, of course, say that the patient has a pronounced persecution mania. Certain manifestations of megalomania can also be clearly identified. Because, as they say, he even compares himself to Jesus. And the rest, of course, are manifestations according to Freud. Such an obsession with the codpiece zone, in fact, and so on. Therefore, this is probably the way to treat it.
Ekho Moskvy : In light of recent events, including the disclosure of those FSB officers who, as the president says, “looked after” Alexei Navalny, how does the president assess the work of the Federal Security Service, does he continue to trust the leadership of this service?
Dmitry Peskov : Inappropriate question. First, the president did not identify specific employees who look after people like the Berlin patient. He did not talk about it, there is no need to distort, specific statements are needed here.
And the question itself is absolutely inappropriate. You know that the Federal Security Service plays a very important role under the Constitution. It protects you and me from terrorism, protects from extremism, protects from various mortal dangers. And, of course, it plays this role very well and very effectively.…
Ekho Moskvy : You can agree or disagree with what is said in these investigations, as the president says, legalized information from foreign special services, but the image of the Federal Security Service has been seriously damaged. Doesn’t the Kremlin consider it necessary, maybe somehow to answer – to publish some notes from the hotel to demonstrate that this is not so?
Dmitry Peskov : Read yesterday’s statement by the FSB. They just said that this was an attempt to discredit. But, of course, such attempts cannot discredit the Federal Security Service. I think that I have already exhausted this topic for myself.