Oliver Stone: Megyn Kelly didn't know her stuff with Putin

How Putin Became the Symbol of Russian Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin displayed his manliness during an interview with director Oliver Stone.

In a promo from Showtime, Stone asks the Russian leader, "In a hot war is the US dominant?".

He also compared Russian Federation to some Islamic states, saying gay people faced the death penalty there.

The Russian President invited Oliver Stone to show him a command room equipped with the latest technologies used by Russians in Syria. I mean, why provoke him?

He added of Putin: "I challenged him and I teased him and I angered him, I hit every note I could".

The director of JFK and Wall Street enjoyed extensive access to Putin for numerous meetings from July 2015 to February 2017, giving viewers a peek into the life of one of the world's most powerful and secretive leaders.

"I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days", he says in the documentary. "There are certain natural cycles which men probably have as well, just less manifested".

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According to the RT, the American director asked the Russian president, "In a hot war is the USA dominant?"

Both the Kelly and Stone interviews were criticized for lacking toughness in tackling Putin for alleged human-rights abuses and other evidence of dictatorial behavior.

In one of the more curious moments in the interview, Putin appeared to change the story of how the National Security Agency whistleblower, Edward Snowden, ended up in Moscow.

However, Putin said that the hope for normalization of the Russia-US relations still exists.

'There are no restrictions whatsoever, ' Putin replied, before contrasting Russian Federation with some Islamic countries where homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.

At times, Putin maintains a moderate tone. "He didn't betray the interests of his country", Putin tells Stone.

These themes emerge in his interviews with Stone as well, according to excerpts that have been released online in advance. While Stone doesn't ask Putin what tree he would be if he were a tree, The Putin Interviews are manicuring in how sycophantic they can be.

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