Legasov: She was arrested by the KGB. You are the first deputy chairman of the KGB.
Aleksandr Charkov: [amused] I am. That's why I don't have to bother with arresting people anymore.
Legasov: But you are bothering with having us followed.
Shcherbina: I think the deputy chairman is busy...
Charkov: No no, it's perfectly understandable. Comrade, I know you've heard the stories about us. When I hear them, even I am shocked. But we are not what people say. Yes, people are following you. People are following those people. And you see them? They follow me. The KGB is a circle of accountability. Nothing more.
Legasov: You know the work we're doing here. You really don't trust us?
Charkov: Of course I do. But you know the old Russian proverb: ‘Trust, but verify.’ And the Americans think that Ronald Reagan thought that up. Can you imagine? It was very nice speaking with you. [turns to walk away]
Legasov: I need her.
Charkov: [turns back] So you will be accountable for her? [Legasov nods] Then it's done.
Legasov: Her name is—
Charkov: I know who she is. Good day, Professor. [walks off; Legasov glances at Shcherbina]
Shcherbina: No, that went surprisingly well. You came off like a naive idiot. And naive idiots are not a threat.”
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