Showtime to Air Stone Interviews With Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the subject of filmmaker Oliver Stone's upcoming documentary on Showtime. Stone interviewed Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years most recently in February

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the subject of filmmaker Oliver Stone's upcoming documentary on Showtime. Stone interviewed Putin more than a dozen times over the past two years most recently in February

Three-time Oscar victor Stone is also known for his conspiracy theories and unorthodox political views, and was criticized in 2010 for comments about Jewish control of the media, for which he later apologized.

"The Putin Interviews" will air in four parts over four consecutive nights, starting June 12 at 9pm Eastern Time.

In revealing the Putin project, the controversial director told the Sydney Morning Herald that he originally began the dialogue with the Russian leader when he traveled to Moscow to speak with Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who sought refuge there.

Putin has granted a small number of interviews to Americans in recent years - including to CBS' Charlie Rose and CNN's Fareed Zakaria.

Stone described the four-hour series this way: "It's not a documentary as much as a question and answer session". "He talks pretty straight. think we did him the justice of putting [his comments] into a Western narrative that could explain their viewpoint in the hopes that it will prevent continued misunderstanding and a risky situation - on the brink of war".

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They also spoke of Russia's alleged hacking of the 2016 US presidential election, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the turmoil in Syria and the Ukraine.

The phone call came at a time of worsening relations between the two nations - despite Mr Trump vowing to improve the frosty situation when entered the White House. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Stone remains a "fervent supporter" of Julian Assange, "strongly refutes" claims about Russian influence on the Trump presidency-which isn't exactly up for debate at this point-and reportedly voted for Jill Stein as president last November. "What they're doing is destroying the trust that exists between people and government".

A promotional clip shows Stone asking "Why did Russian Federation hack the election?"

Now, Stone has added Russian president Vladimir Putin to his documentary filmography.

Bloomberg News said the interviews were recorded at the Kremlin, in Sochi and at Putin's home outside Moscow.

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