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It's going around that Putin said:

'Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves'.


see:

Putin: “Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves.”

Putin: ‘Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves’


After Viktor Sukhodrev's mishaps with Russian translation I'm skeptical to accept it at its face-value.

Is this an accurate translation? What is that phrase that he used? What does it mean?

Or is this just another «Мы вас похороним!»?


edit: This seems to be the interview here: https://youtu.be/w7swxH6RjBY?t=50s it's dubbed over in English though, not sure how hard that makes it to hear.

As quoted by facenews the original Russian seems to be:

"Те, кто капает куда-то яд, сами его и проглотят в конце концов, сами этим ядом и отравятся".

капает seems to be a form of капать meaning:

to drip, drop, spill

Where the English says:

serve us with

I'm quite confused what drip has to do with serving someone.

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    This is a translation of what? I don't see the original Russian text in your question. – Dmitry Mar 19 '18 at 10:11
  • @Dmitry I edited the question with a youtube link, not sure how good it is though. – user3306356 Mar 19 '18 at 10:15
  • either 100% correct or not you can never cast doubt on his ability to be quite nasty with his manner of speech, the more accurate translation by Dmitry is nasty enough – Баян Купи-ка Mar 19 '18 at 10:32
  • this is a service that helps Russian learners to learn Russian, not to check up correctness of translations. – shabunc Mar 19 '18 at 11:04
  • @shabunc If I provide more "prior research effort," would you re-open the question? – user3306356 Mar 19 '18 at 11:07
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If I recognized correctly, Putin said:

Те, кто капают куда-то яд, сами его и проглотят в конце концов, сами этим ядом и отравятся.

This could be translated as:

Those who drip poison somewhere will eventually swallow it and poison themselves.

  • I suggest "Those who drop poison into something". In constrast "drip poison somewhere" sounds like it is leaking or rolling off someone's body and getting the floor wet. – David42 Jul 30 at 16:32

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