In an interview as part of his new four-part documentary film, The Putin Interviews, famed director Oliver Stone spoke with the Russian president about what he sees as the simple, biological reality behind his success. Naturally, Putin was especially candid and worked in a bit of sexism, the way his fanboy President Donald Trump often likes to do.
“I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,” Putin explained while giving Stone a tour of the Kremlin. “I am not trying to insult anyone,” he continued. “That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles,” Putin said, invoking a tired, old stereotype.
The former KGB agent — who has been at the helm of the Russian government for more than seventeen years now and who, earlier this year signed an amendment decriminalizing domestic violence — was interviewed by Stone on more than a dozen occasions between July 2015 and February 2017. The two discussed everything from U.S. hegemony, to Edward Snowden, to his status as a judo master. The first two hour-long episodes of Stone’s documentary will air on Showtime June 12-15.
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