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May. 10th, 2007 | 03:02 am





Interview: Major Kassian Irinarhov, Part 1



10:03:00 PM liadovnikanor: *sound of button clacks, 5 seconds tape hiss*

10:06:48 PM liadovnikanor: Come in, Captain. Take a seat across from me. This interview is nothing like the circumstances of our initial acquaintance. It is purely informal, and informational. I want you to be comfortable, so that you can recall every detail of what you witnessed two weeks ago.

10:07:41 PM irinarhovkassian: *sound of chair scraping on floor*

10:07:44 PM irinarhovkassian: All right.

10:09:41 PM liadovnikanor: I understand that our first encounter was not a pleasant one for you. [pause] To be honest, it was not pleasant for me either. ->
10:10:17 PM liadovnikanor: ...I'm already recording, for you information, so be aware. Shall we begin?

10:10:39 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes.

10:14:03 PM liadovnikanor: Good. Please state your full name for the record.

10:15:04 PM irinarhovkassian: Kassian Dmitrievich Irinarhov. ->
10:15:10 PM irinarhovkassian: Captain.

10:15:24 PM liadovnikanor: [pause] ->
10:15:27 PM liadovnikanor: Captain.
10:15:50 PM liadovnikanor: ...Dmitrievich?

10:16:08 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes...

10:17:11 PM liadovnikanor: I see. Interesting. And you're out of the Kiev region...?

10:18:11 PM irinarhovkassian: [pause] ->
10:18:37 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes.

10:21:41 PM liadovnikanor: ...[audible inhalation, pause] ->
10:22:22 PM liadovnikanor: There was a rather notorious dissident by the same name as your father, as I recall. ->
10:22:29 PM liadovnikanor: He came out of the Kiev region.

10:23:09 PM irinarhovkassian: [long pause] ->
10:23:43 PM irinarhovkassian: ...I thought you said you wanted me to be comfortable, Major.

10:24:24 PM liadovnikanor: ...I do. [pause] ->
10:24:37 PM liadovnikanor: Shall I rewind tape?

10:25:21 PM irinarhovkassian: [pause] ->
10:25:24 PM irinarhovkassian: Thank you.

10:27:09 PM liadovnikanor: Hmm, seems to be on the touchy side. I'll excise that section of acetate, before archiving. Is that agreeable?

10:28:18 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes, I'll take you at your word.

10:30:51 PM liadovnikanor: You can rely on my word, Captain. Despite what has been required of me in the past, I've never broken an implicitly stated promise. [shuffling of papers] ->
10:32:21 PM liadovnikanor: You've been an Ocelot for how long now, Captain Irinarhov?

10:32:41 PM irinarhovkassian: About two weeks.

10:33:56 PM liadovnikanor: So the night of the incident at the greenhouse, you had been with Osnaz Omon Ocelot for...?

10:34:26 PM irinarhovkassian: One day.

10:35:07 PM liadovnikanor: Quite an inaugural evening!

10:35:38 PM irinarhovkassian: I arrived the day before. But yes.

10:36:44 PM liadovnikanor: Had you been enjoying your time as an Ocelot?

10:37:25 PM irinarhovkassian: It's...been a good experience.

10:41:51 PM liadovnikanor: Yes, I've heard the Major- for all his youthful idiosyncracies- is actually a fairly decent CO.

10:42:40 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes. He is.

10:44:45 PM liadovnikanor: And you like your brethren, obviously...

10:45:03 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes.

10:50:17 PM liadovnikanor: Where were you prior to the greenhouse explosion?

10:51:16 PM irinarhovkassian: On the rooftop of the East Wing building.

10:55:14 PM liadovnikanor: ...on duty, or recreation?

10:56:44 PM irinarhovkassian: Duty. I was accompanying Major Ocelot to a meeting with the Fury.

11:00:07 PM liadovnikanor: ...And what was the purpose of this romantic rendezvous al fresco, Captain? or weren't you apprised?

11:01:54 PM irinarhovkassian: I was just there to make sure that Major Ocelot wouldn't be alone with the Fury.

11:03:25 PM liadovnikanor: [small laugh] Can't trust himself?

11:04:22 PM irinarhovkassian: The Fury is...unstable. I didn't know what he might do.

11:07:00 PM liadovnikanor: ...Had there been issues between Ocelot and the Cosmonaut prior to this?

11:08:27 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes. I don't know all the details, though.

11:09:35 PM liadovnikanor: Were you the only officer tapped to accompany the Major?

11:10:36 PM irinarhovkassian: Yes. He dismissed the rest of the squad.

11:11:05 PM liadovnikanor: Where did they go?

11:11:42 PM irinarhovkassian: Into the building. I think they went to play cards.

[clicking sounds]

liadovnikanor (2:41:07 PM): To resume, Captain. I appreciate your patience. I have a condition that requires a daily intramuscular injection. ->
liadovnikanor (2:42:10 PM): Can we pick up where Ocelot dismissed his men? I would like to know who was in the card room, as far as you know.

irinarhovkassian (2:48:43 PM): I didn't know all their names then, but I'd say it was about half the squad. Almost everyone who wasn't on night patrol at the time. Lieutenant Isaev would know better.

liadovnikanor (2:51:25 PM): But you were the only one he directed to stay with him.

irinarhovkassian (2:53:24 PM): I volunteered. I thought it would be a good idea.

liadovnikanor (2:54:25 PM): I assume Ocelot agreed this was a good idea, if he accorded- I'm curious, Major- did the Fury think this was a good idea?
liadovnikanor (2:54:35 PM): Captain. I'm sorry.

irinarhovkassian (2:55:16 PM): ... ->
irinarhovkassian (2:56:44 PM): No, he didn't. He seemed both resentful of the fact Major Ocelot didn't trust him, and... ->
irinarhovkassian (2:56:52 PM): Approving.

liadovnikanor (3:00:24 PM): Approving? Of the Major's mistrust? Interesting. What's your opinion on the cosmonaut?

irinarhovkassian (3:02:08 PM): He's insane.

liadovnikanor (3:02:26 PM): [sudden laughter] ->
liadovnikanor (3:02:47 PM): All right, all right. Apart from the obvious.->
liadovnikanor (3:03:08 PM): [pause]
liadovnikanor (3:03:25 PM): You see, Irinarhov...I have a bit of a speculation about you.

irinarhovkassian (3:03:51 PM): What is it?

liadovnikanor (3:07:16 PM): That you are an infallible geiger counter of mania. In essence- you're an observer. You hide out in the figurative duck blind of your own mind, and everyone is in your crosshairs. But that's when you become less an assassin than a geologist- eyeing all the strata of a man, able to assess his motivations and mannerisms, but largely comfortable in not confronting them. ->
liadovnikanor (3:07:31 PM): Unless...

irinarhovkassian (3:07:59 PM): Unless?

liadovnikanor (3:12:08 PM): Unless you deem that man to be enough of a threat that you would not sit idly by. Unless someone were enough of a threat to shake the lofty perch you inhabit. And it must take a spectacularly twisted kind of man, Captain, to shake your tree. That's my belief.

irinarhovkassian (3:13:12 PM): ...I see. ->
irinarhovkassian (3:13:44 PM): I don't think I'm infallible.

liadovnikanor (3:20:13 PM): To be utterly candid, no one is. And if you believed you were infallible, Kassian Irinarhov, you would have been proactive many more times than you have- would you not?

irinarhovkassian (3:20:43 PM): Probably.

liadovnikanor (3:21:59 PM): How many times have you been proactive in this fashion? One that we both know of, I'm certain...

irinarhovkassian (3:23:13 PM): Why are you asking me this?

liadovnikanor (3:27:33 PM): ...easy, Kasya. I always come from the macro-thematic aspect. ->
liadovnikanor (3:30:38 PM): My entire point is that no matter how insane you may find the Fury- and I have it on good authority the man is fairly raving- ...he does not elicit the kind of internal alarm bells as say...Lieutenant Grigorii Nasenko.

irinarhovkassian (3:31:29 PM): ...all right. ->
irinarhovkassian (3:32:31 PM): And...yes. You're correct. One day, he'll end up dying by his own hand.

liadovnikanor (3:37:09 PM): What have your previous encounters with the Fury entailed? Was there ever a moment you considered making a pre-emptive strike?

irinarhovkassian (3:43:07 PM): I was there when he threatened Lieutenant Isaev, and took a personal item from him. He told Isaev if he wanted it back, Isaev had to meet with him, alone. I followed Lieutenant Isaev to that meeting. I was prepared to act if I had to. But it wasn't necessary.

liadovnikanor (3:43:37 PM): ...->
liadovnikanor (3:43:44 PM): I appreciate that.

irinarhovkassian (3:47:33 PM): The Fury seems fairly favorable toward Lieutenant Isaev, actually.

liadovnikanor (3:48:50 PM): ...I'm not sure I like the sound of that. ->
liadovnikanor (3:48:54 PM): [pause]
liadovnikanor (3:48:55 PM): ->
liadovnikanor (3:57:30 PM): But no matter. In your estimation, could the Fury have been responsible for the brutality perpetrated on your rankmate, Captain Molokov? Perhaps as a retaliation against Major Krauss?

irinarhovkassian (4:01:02 PM): I don't think so. Was the exact cause of death determined?

liadovnikanor
Lieutenant Rakitin is a very thorough sort. He likes to count all his chickens throughout their lives until they die.

He's unwilling to make a final pronouncement as of yet- but I think it's been fairly convincingly proven that Molokov was killed manually.

[pause]

By hand.
8:52

Captain Irinarhov
Bare-handed, you mean?
8:53

liadovnikanor
...yes. That's what I mean.
8:53

Captain Irinarhov
What sort of injury?
8:57

liadovnikanor
I could say strangulation, and it would be honest enough. But the cause of death was not an airway asphyxiation.

Molokov's larynx was crushed, and abruptly- as if by a hard blow.
8:58

Captain Irinarhov
An expert blow.
8:58

liadovnikanor
Yes. Incontrovertibly.
8:59

Captain Irinarhov
That doesn't surprise me.
9:01

liadovnikanor
Me neither, Captain. But tell me, why is it you find it so unsurprising?
9:05

Captain Irinarhov
The way we found the body. What was done to it. Killing him wasn't the point. He got that out of the way quickly and efficiently. The point was what was done afterward. It was as if...he treated it like art.
9:09

liadovnikanor
I agree. There was a lot of hatred directed toward Molokov- whether by proxy or not. Can I run something by you?
9:09

Captain Irinarhov
Yes.
9:13

liadovnikanor
...Rakitin completely surprised me today, and made a suggestion in the midst of Major Raikov's interview- that perhaps we had been misjudging the direction of the anger.

Major Raikov stipulated to an occasional extracurricular relationship with your commander.

Were you aware of this?
9:15

Captain Irinarhov
By rumor. Major Ocelot seemed to deny it.
9:18

liadovnikanor
[slight laugh] That doesn't surprise me either. I should probably take Major Raikov's words with a grain of salt in any case.

So was that the general consensus among your squadron- that it was merely a rumor?
9:20

Captain Irinarhov
I think the consensus is that there's at least some truth to the rumor, but no one feels the need to press for details.
9:21

liadovnikanor
Andrei let something slip the other day, off the record.

[pause]
9:26

liadovnikanor
He was a little drunk, but earnest. He said that when the rumor came out, a lot of the squad was actively defensive and angry. They felt this was beneath their commander.

Andriusha claimed that some were outright hostile about the idea that the Major would wind up "another notch".
9:30

Captain Irinarhov
So...you're saying that Rakitin was saying that the killer wants to defend Major Ocelot's honor by killing Major Raikov, or killing people like him?
9:32

liadovnikanor
...I'm not saying anything yet. My question to you was had you heard anything along those lines from your new comrades?

Here. I'll give you the transcript to skim for yourself.


[sound of paper rustling]
9:33

Captain Irinarhov
All right.
9:37



[paper rustles]


I had just joined the squad when the rumors about Major Ocelot and Major Raikov's involvement started. The murder happened the next day. I really didn't know them well enough to tell what they thought in-depth. But I did get the sense of surprise and disappointment, yes.
10:09

liadovnikanor
Have you heard any accounts of Major Ocelot...having carnal relations with any of his own men?
10:11

Captain Irinarhov
I've heard rumors. I don't know if they're true.
10:12

liadovnikanor
He's never approached you in this manner?
10:13

Captain Irinarhov
...no. I...doubt he would.
10:14

liadovnikanor
And why is that? You're an attractive man, Captain.
10:14

Captain Irinarhov
... ->


... ->
10:15

liadovnikanor
(XD)
10:15

Captain Irinarhov
.... ->


I...it...I just...don't think he would do that.
10:19

liadovnikanor
And if he did, Captain? Would you comply like a good subordinate?
10:19

Captain Irinarhov
No.
10:19

liadovnikanor
Do you think most of your brothers would do the same? Refuse?
10:20

Captain Irinarhov
No...most would probably comply. I would imagine.
10:23

liadovnikanor
But you would refuse. Interesting.

[pause]

How do you think Ocelot would respond to being rebuffed?
10:24

Captain Irinarhov
He would probably be offended.
10:27

liadovnikanor
The fact that you would risk his retaliation suggests that you eschew sexual liaisons between males.
10:33

Captain Irinarhov
It means I don't engage in sexual liaisons if I don't want to do so.
10:33

liadovnikanor
You're celibate.
10:34

Captain Irinarhov
No.
10:36

liadovnikanor
Not even at present?
10:37

Captain Irinarhov
...no.
10:38

liadovnikanor
I see. Is that why?
10:39

Captain Irinarhov
Yes. And the fact that...
10:40

liadovnikanor
Yes?
10:41

Captain Irinarhov
I don't do such things...frivolously.
10:43

liadovnikanor
It doesn't sound as if the Major does either. It seems he equates it to target practice. Necessary and perfunctory. Satisfied by anyone.

You couldn't see it as a duty?
10:43

Captain Irinarhov
No.
10:45

liadovnikanor
...fair enough.

[pause]

Would you like to pursue another line of questioning?
10:47

Captain Irinarhov
If you need to continue with this one, I'll answer your questions.
10:48

liadovnikanor
You have a lover, I surmise.

{clicking of a pen}

..I won't ask you his name. But can you tell me- is he an Ocelot?
10:48

Captain Irinarhov
... ->


Yes.
10:51

liadovnikanor
There's been some mention of Raikov 'poaching' among your ranks. Have you heard anything like that?
10:52

Captain Irinarhov
Again, just rumors. I haven't been here long, and...I tend to keep to myself.
10:52

liadovnikanor
Aside from your lover, that is.
10:53

Captain Irinarhov
I don't spend time standing around gossiping.
10:54

liadovnikanor
[slight laugh]

And yet you can tolerate being comrades with Isaev? Impressive.
10:54

Captain Irinarhov
He's not that bad.
10:57

liadovnikanor
I love the kid, like my own blood. Believe me. But he's a beautiful piece of trouble.
10:58

Captain Irinarhov
...I know.
11:00

liadovnikanor
But back to your lover, if you don't mind? Just a few questions.
11:01

Captain Irinarhov
All right.
11:01

liadovnikanor
Has he ever mentioned having any sexual liaisons with Major Raikov, or apocryphally mentioned anyone else having dallied with the Major?
11:02

Captain Irinarhov
No. Only the rumors about Major Ocelot and Major Raikov.
11:04

liadovnikanor
Raikov claims he bedded a man called...Semeyonev. Regularly, until his promotion to Senior Lieutenant.
11:04

Captain Irinarhov
Why did he stop then?
11:05

liadovnikanor
He claims Semeyonev became...busy.
11:06

Captain Irinarhov
With someone else?
11:10

liadovnikanor
He didn't elaborate. But here is my question for you, as an outside observer, and someone who has never been involved with either Ocelot or Raikov...

Could there have been enough enmity among the men that someone would retaliate?


Suppose someone was enmeshed...somehow, psychosexually...with Ocelot. Is there anyone with a loose enough cannon to make an example of a rag doll Raikov?
11:12

Captain Irinarhov
No, not that I... ->


...
11:13

liadovnikanor
Yes? You've always been forthright, Captain.
11:13

Captain Irinarhov
I don't...want to make baseless accusations.
11:17

liadovnikanor
Then simply give me facts. Let me take the leap, if there's a leap to take.

I've made peace with my method, Captain.
11:18

Captain Irinarhov
It's something we all have to do.
11:20

liadovnikanor
Captain, if I ask you right now, why you killed Grigorii Nasenko, would you tell me it was inadvertent? [quiet]
11:23

Captain Irinarhov
If you asked me on the record, of course I would.
11:27

liadovnikanor
If I ask you when we're alone, would your answer be the same?
11:27

Captain Irinarhov
No.
11:28

liadovnikanor
Will you tell me what you suspect, if I pause this machine?
11:29

Captain Irinarhov
Yes.
11:30

liadovnikanor
Then I have no choice, do I, Captain?


[cessation of recording]

END PART ONE-> TRANSCRIPT

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