‘I need to know, is your team ready to handle a possible attempt on my life, organised and executed by the GRU or FSB?’

‘Stand by for contact.’ I flicked off the safety of the AK between my legs and grasped the pistol grip.’’

‘The risks of putting a drugged man in a box for over seven hours was high…’

‘Stand by for contact.’ I flicked off the safety of the AK between my legs and grasped the pistol grip.’’

‘I sometimes wondered if I should have chosen differently, been a door-kicker? But I knew what I was. I was a thinker and a player. And I played.’