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Wife of Ukraine’s top spy poisoned – media

Marianna Budanova has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning, reports claim

Marianna Budanova, the wife of the head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR), is in a hospital after allegedly being poisoned, the Babel news website claimed on Tuesday, citing intelligence sources.

The outlet reported that Budanova was hospitalized after a “prolonged deterioration” of her health, and that she has already undergone a course of treatment. People who spoke to Babel said doctors believe the 30-year-old to have suffered heavy metal poisoning, but noted that she is now in stable condition.

“These substances are not used in any way in everyday life and military affairs,” the intelligence sources reportedly said, adding that their presence in Budanova’s body may indicate “a purposeful attempt to poison a specific person.”

According to Babel, an investigation has been launched into the possible attempt on the woman’s life.

Other Ukrainian outlets, such as UNIAN and Ukrainskaya Pravda have also confirmed Budanova’s poisoning. Their sources said that it most likely happened via food she ate and  that the woman is currently in a hospital somewhere in Ukraine.

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Ukrainskaya Pravda claims that a number of other GUR employees have also been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning, noting that Budanova was the first to manifest symptoms since she is “small and light in weight.”

GUR representative Andrey Usov has reportedly confirmed Budanova’s poisoning in a statement to Radio Liberty, saying that she has indeed been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning and is currently undergoing treatment.

Marianna and her husband, Kirill Budanov, have been married since 2014. In interviews, the GUR chief has stated that his wife currently lives with him in his office. Since June 2021 she has been working as an adviser to Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko on preventing corruption in the field of sports and youth policy.

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