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In Death and the Penguin, Viktor interviewed a politician who, among other things, boasted about his trips to Chernobyl (even knowing that he was a reporter). Given that that was illegal, would it be normal for a government official to say, or was he just unusually reckless?
Viktor does casually mention purchasing, and the two of them consuming, a bottle of Finnish vodka; did he do that specifically to try to manipulate him into such damaging admissions? (He also admits to, for example, having a mistress who is part of the National Opera).