“Snowden is not a traitor; he did not betray the interests of his country,” Vladimir Putin says in Showtime’s clip of The Putin Interviews, a four-hour docuseries from filmmaker Oliver Stone featuring a series of conversations with the Russian president.
While the first-look clip delves into Putin’s thoughts on Snowden, the just-released trailer takes a broader approach and shows him responding to questions about everything from his background, thoughts on the United State’s dominance, surveillance issues, claims of Russia hacking the U.S. election, and the assertions that President Donald Trump is “in the Kremlin’s pocket.”
Stone, with the help of his longtime documentary producer Fernando Sulichin, interviewed the Russian leader more than a dozen times over the course of two years, most recently in February following the U.S. presidential elections.
Since first becoming the president of Russia in 2000, Putin has never before spoken at such length or in such detail to a Western interviewer, Showtime says.
Megyn Kelly also announced on NBC’s Today that she landed a one-on-one with Putin while moderating a session at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, and the interview will air on the June 4 debut episode of her newsmagazine show, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.
The Putin Interviews will premiere over four consecutive nights starting on Monday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Showtime also released first-look images of the limited series.