The Putin Interviews
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Interviewer Oliver Stone. Comments by Robert Scheer. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone’s interviews with Russian president Vladimir Putin are transcribed here. They freely talk about about issues important to U.S.-Russia relations. Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump. Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the U.S. and Russia, allegations of interference in the U.S. election, and Russia’s involvement in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. The Putin Interviews can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as “The Nixon Interviews” of 1977. Softcover, 288 pages.