Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' Stirs Controversy Over Military Footage
Media reports suggest Putin showed Stone video of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews continues to generate controversy as social media users and Russian media outlets claim that footage Putin showed Stone on his smartphone, which the Russian leader said was a military operation by his country against ISIS, is actually of a U.S. military operation in Afghanistan.
As the four-part interview is being aired this week on Russia's largest, state-run television network Channel One, there have been reports that the footage, which Putin played for Stone as an example of Russia's activity against ISIS, was actually of a U.S. strike against the Taliban back in 2013, featuring Apache helicopters and Hellfire air-to-ground missile systems.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has maintained that the footage comes from the Russian defense ministry.
"I can confirm: these are materials of our defense ministry," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax. "This is part of a report to the president. The defense minister gave that to the president."
He declined to identify the owner of the smartphone, saying only that the device belonged to one of the president's staffers.
The first part of The Putin Interviews premiered on Channel One on Monday and was watched by nearly one third of viewers in Moscow, while nationwide data is not yet available.
Russian media have been heavily quoting from The Putin Interviews.