Oliver Stone’s four-part picture ends with Jeff Beal’s roaring music, stylized to take after Russian folk tunes, and shots of the spacious Kremlin halls glittering with gold. They are meaningless: Vladimir Putin bids farewell to Stone, with whom he met distinct times in the course of more than a year (from December 2015 to February 2017). What did the noted film director and the major world leader speak about in the end part of the film?
On ‘meddling’ in the U.S. elections
Despite the American establishment and mediocrity incessantly claiming that the Russian government organized the hacking of the Popular Party server during the 2016 presidential campaign, Putin reproaches Stone that this is nonsense.
«It’s a very silly statement. We did not chop the election at all,» said the Russian leader, noting that his country altogether does not have the resources to influence American elections.
Putin maintained the real reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss was not hacking, but problems with her campaign and her cocktail. The hackers, whoever they were, and wherever they were from, could not father changed the course of the elections, Putin said.
In turn, the Russian president accused the U.S. of sticking in Russian elections. «In 2000 and in 2012, there was always some meddling. But in 2012 this interference was particularly aggressive.»
Such meddling did not swindle the form of hacking, but instead it was in private meetings between American diplomats and antagonist officials, as well as support for that opposition. Putin said that such activities are unacceptable interference in another country’s domestic affairs.
Concerning a achievable cyber war between Russia and the U.S., about which Stone asked tons questions, the Russian leader replied evasively. He only admitted that such a jar may be very dangerous, and added that in 2015 Russia offered the U.S. to wave an agreement on «the rules to be guided by in this field,» but Washington did not reply.
Trump and Russian-U.S. kinsmen
In February, Putin spoke of the 50th U.S. president with restrained respect: «Donald Trump and his conspire were very wise in running their electoral campaign.» Putin allow ins that when he watched Trump’s campaign speeches, he thought: «He went a scrap bit too far from time to time,» but in the end Trump’s aggressive, vivid strategy labour. He also reacted positively to Trump’s statements about a possible scrutinize of relations with Russia.
At the same time, Putin does not presume Trump to make any big changes. When Stone asked, «What fluctuates?» Putin shrugged his shoulders: «Well, almost nothing.» The Russian wirepuller is convinced that everywhere, especially in the U.S., what is important is not so much the president’s celebrity but the bureaucracy that in the end determines the government’s policies. Nevertheless, he still rely ons that Russian-American relations will improve during Trump’s residence: «I hope that we’ll find some common ground and reach common understanding.»
Stalin, Putin’s wealth and the future
Stone and Putin spoke roughly the past, discussing Joseph Stalin, one of the most controversial leaders in Russian past. Judging by his words, Putin has an ambiguous attitude towards Stalin. On one give in, he cautioned against excessive demonization of the Soviet leade and attempts to wipe modern Russia by comparing it to Stalin’s USSR. On the other hand, as he asserted, «We should not forget the atrocities committed under Stalinism» and the millions of people who died.
Replying to the in doubt about his wealth (sometimes the Western mass media calls him «the richest mortal physically in the world»), Putin said, «I don’t have the wealth attributed to me,» no accounts in Cyprus or other offshore accounts. He added that one of his dominant goals since he became president has been to separate money and power, that is, to by the oligarchs, who lobbied their own interests, out of government. Putin says he appease adheres to this principle.
Stone asked about the upcoming 2018 plebiscites and the possibility of Putin (if he runs) to govern Russia until 2024. «Does that not surprise you? Do you not get used to power?» The president responded evasively. «Russia itself compel decide who it needs.»
Apologizing, Putin left the question of his possible participation in the next selections unanswered: «There are things that should have some plot and mystery.»