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Russian president Vladimir Putin told filmmaker Oliver Stone how he has escaped numerous assassination attempts, and admits that while Edward Snowden leaking confidential information was ‘wrong’, it does not make him a traitor.

Putin is the subject of Stone’s upcoming Showtime special called The Putin Interviews, which is set to air beginning June 12th over four consecutive nights. The four-part documentary was filmed over the course of two years and includes several conversations Stone had with Putin.

A snippet of the film was released by Showtime on Thursday, and it shows the Russian president in the driving seat as Stone sits in the passenger seat of the vehicle.


The award-winning director asks Putin about Snowden, the former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and CIA employee who leaked classified information about the extent of the NSA’s surveillance. Snowden is wanted on espionage charges in the US.