Russia This Week: TV Rain Interviews Volunteer Fighter Back from Donbass

September 12, 2015
Vyacheslav Isayev, a Russian volunteer who fought in Ukraine with combined Russian-separatist forces, in an interview with TV Rain on August 21, 2015.

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TV Rain published an interview on August 21, 2015, by Georgy Aleksandrov with a Russian volunteer who fought with the August Battalion of the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine who gave his real name as Vyacheslav Isayev. (The link with video and text is behind a paywall).

Isayev did not ask to disguise his name or face on television. He said he fought with the forces of the self-declared “Lugansk People’s Republic” (LNR) and had now returned home to Russia from the Donbass.

After the appearance of the show, TV Rain said viewers had many questions. In order to answer them, the editors subsequently published the complete text version of the conversation which had been shown on TV in shortened form, and explained that they had audio and video tapes of the interview in the editorial office.

The following is a translation by The Interpreter of the full text of the interview with Georgy Aleksandrov of TV Rain. Where the second full text left out something that was originally in the shorter version, we included it.