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

The interview, stretched in four parts, is slated to air on Showtime later this month. "There are no restrictions whatsoever", Putin said, while comparing Russian Federation to some Islamic nations where gay people face the death penalty. One particular exchange stands out when Putin was asked about showering next to a gay man in a submarine. 'Why provoke him? But you know, I'm a judo master'.

"I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days", Putin told Stone as he was giving him a tour of the Kremlin, Bloomberg reports.

Putin's last comment comes in the wake of the news that Chechnya is persecuting the region's gay population, torturing and killing gay men in alleged concentration camps. "There are certain natural cycles", Boomerang has quoted him as saying.

Stone asked Mr Putin: "In a hot war is the United States dominant?"

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Stern calls Putin's answer "not only homophobic, but completely bonkers".

The highly anticipated four-part documentary, The Putin Interviews, is airing from June 12 to 15.

It's not that the Russian president doesn't love and admire women.

Back in 2014, in an interview with Radio Europe 1, Putin had a rather archaic reason for avoiding a debate with Hillary Clinton, Time reported.

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Putin's comments to Stone echo comments he has made over 17 years in power, including a speech at an global economic forum in St. Petersburg last week in which he portrayed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation a foreign-policy tool exploited by Washington. As the USA embarks on its project for a missile-defense shield, Putin says, "As of today a missile shield would not protect the territory of the United States". "The only thing Snowden does, he does publicly".

But just to be clear, to show he's not a bigoted homophobe who "cackles" because gay people make him nervous, Putin insists, "that doesn't mean that there should be any persecutions against anyone".

The clips released so far from Stone's interviews also see Putin musing on life and philosophy.

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