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Stone Meets Putin: The Interview 2 Years in the Making

In Archive, Putin on June 13, 2017 at 5:29 AM

06/12/2017

Over his career, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has interviewed controversial figures like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. For his latest documentary, the Showtime series “The Putin Interviews,” Stone was granted extensive access to the Russian president. Stone interviewed Putin more than a dozen times over two years. No topic was off limits. Prodded by Stone over the course of two years, Putin confronts a host of critical topics in candid detail, including his long-term grip on power, his personal relationships with Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump, Edward Snowden’s asylum in Moscow, as well as allegations of election meddling and fostering turmoil in Syria.

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On “CBS This Morning” Monday, Stone said he first got to know Putin during production of his film about Edward Snowden, released in 2016, for which he interviewed the former NSA analyst in Moscow nine times. Stone also asked Putin about the Snowden affair and his point of view on it, “and one thing led to another.”

Stone said he was invited by Putin to conduct the interviews.

“I think he needed to be heard fairly because I’m not going to be an editor; I’m going to let him speak,” Stone said. “And his point of view is not heard; you don’t hear him in Russian in the West; you hear a dubbed voice, and sometimes a dubbed voice can be very harsh.”

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