Oliver Stone: Putin Is A Hero, Not An Enemy

Oliver Stone says the world needs to listen to Putin

Director Oliver Stone has urged the public to listen to what Vladimir Putin has to say, claiming that the Russian leader is a friend and not an enemy of the American public.

The Academy Award-winning director says his upcoming documentary about Putin “opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard,” and claims that if the American people ignore American propaganda about Russia, it could help prevent world war 3 from occuring.

Rt.com reports:

“It’s not a documentary as much as a question and answer session,” he said. “Mr. Putin is one of the most important leaders in the world and in so far as the United States has declared him an enemy – a great enemy – I think it’s very important we hear what he has to say.”

The film will present Putin’s viewpoint of political events since he was first elected president of Russia in March 2000.

“It opens up a whole viewpoint that we as Americans haven’t heard,” Stone told the newspaper, adding that his crew went to see the indefatigable Russian leader four times over the course of two years.

“I talked to him originally about the Snowden affair, which is in the film. And out of that grew, I think, a trust that he knew that I would not edit it so much,” he said, adding that Putin “talks pretty straight.”

“I think we did him the justice of putting [his comments] into a Western narrative that could explain their viewpoint in the hopes that it will prevent continued misunderstanding and a dangerous situation – on the brink of war.”

The 70-year-old director also commented the accusations of Russian influence on the US presidential elections.

“That’s a path that leads nowhere to my mind. That’s an internal war of politics in the US in which the Democratic Party has taken a suicide pact or something to blow him up; in other words, to completely de-legitimize him and in so doing blow up the US essentially.

“What they’re doing is destroying the trust that exists between people and government. It’s a very dangerous position to make accusations you cannot prove,” he added.

Stone also said does not believe claims circulating in the mainstream media that Moscow allegedly passed some classified documents to WikiLeaks in a bid to influence the November US elections.

“I hold Assange [WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange] in high regard in many issues of state. I take very seriously his statement that he received no information from Russia or any state actors,” Stone said.

WikiLeaks published over 250,000 classified US military and diplomatic documents in 2010 in a move that amounted to the largest information leak in United States history. Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State when WikiLeaks published ‘Cablegate’.

Assange has been stuck inside the Ecuadorian embassy since he took refuge there in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning by the authorities regarding allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010.

“For 10 years now he’s been a beacon of integrity and honesty,” Stone noted. “He’s been very helpful to understand the world to those who pay attention.

“Unfortunately, his reports sometimes get too thick and too difficult to understand, but I don’t think the media has done him any favors really by playing along and accusing him of rape and holding him on these bogus charges. This is scary behavior but it’s also unlawful.”

Stone’s latest movie revolved around NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who became world-renown figure after leading classified documents detailing the surveillance programs of the US intelligence agencies and its allies in 2013. Stone met him in person in Russia, where Snowden was granted political asylum.

The director said Washington’s unprecedented move towards far-reaching surveillance technology is utterly wrong.

“I think we’ve had a lot of false information – fake news as they say – used for political ideological purposes. In other words, the US has been able, because of this technology, to say without any doubt Russia hacked the election. This is coming from who? From the intelligence agencies that are fighting against Russia with all their hearts and minds.

“They can’t be trusted. This is important to recognize. I think the Snowden movie shows why they cannot be trusted.”

Amid a US military buildup in response to the North Korean nuclear threat, Stone told the Sydney Morning Herald he is also concerned by where US attacks on Syria and Afghanistan might lead.

“The United States is spending on defense and security almost a trillion dollars a year, which is more than all the countries in the world spend on security and the military. It’s inexcusable to people who examine this rationally.”

  • mary

    president Putin should be given the nobel peace prize and a medal for what he has had to put up with from Europe and the U S

    • Trident On

      Go and live in wonderful ruZZia!

  • bankslavetrump

    It just hasn’t worked has it,… the more they try to paint Vladimir as the bogey man the more he looks like a decent bloke.. I don’t mind him..he speaks a lot of sense.. and hes got balls.. not like the weak grubs the yanks keep dishing up as their president.. look at this latest loser Trump…what a cop out grub./… im sure Trump is going senile… day in day out he doesn’t know whether he is arthur or Martha…lol… now he wants to be friends with the fat Korean kid… lol.. Hilarious.. as if the fat Korean kid wants to be friends with Bank Slave Trump…

    • http://engforum.pravda.ru/index.php?/forum/3-main-forum/ Lisa Karpova

      Since you haven’t fallen for the BS about Putin, perhaps you can keep an open mind about Kim at least don’t knock him for his appearance, it’s a cheap shot.

    • Trident On

      How about a little trip to russkiescumland mate? Have a go! Spend a couple of months over there, big mouth!

  • Anne Felippe

    I agree totally. To me Putin is coherent calm strong reasonable intelligent a genius. He makes every other leader look like a fool. I had hopes in the world when trump said he would side with russia. The US always needs an enemy to instill fear in their people. thats why they invented bin laden, isis and putin. Hard to see how people can fall for it, but many still have faith that their govt and journalists are telling the truth (??).

    • Trident On

      Usual moscow fed drivel!

  • Ed

    Dear Sean Adl-Tabatabai,

    Please give up the sensationalist, clickbait and often misleading Headlines to the articles you repost from other sources.

    It will make your site a lot more believable.

    The articles are OK but the spin you put on them is sometimes ridiculous and leads many to dismiss them without even reading. Just my two cents.

    And, yes, people should listen to Putin more and make up their own mind rather than accept the Mainstream narrative.

    • Trident One

      Another one! Go to russia, spend some quality time over there fool! You lot are hilarious! Remember the Cold War? I bet that was the West’s fault, was it?
      So Putin can attack, invade and murder innocent people in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, lie about it, and you swallow it? Slag!

      • Sze

        Suffer in your jealousy… hate and greed… ignorant inbred hillbillies like you need a million years to qualify… to tie President Putin’ s shoes…

        • Trident One

          Putin not greedy? Billionaire, whilst his “people” suffer everyday. Alcoholic, zombified masses, AIDS infested etc etc. But still the evil dictator yearns for a new Empire! Invades foreign independent sovereign territory! Sick Russian evil scum!!

  • Trident On

    You folk below, with your pro-putinism and pro-russian rubbish. Hilarious! Old, well known used and abused russkie methods, nothing more! Is that it? Really?
    Russia has been a nasty, evil Empire for centuries, murdering, raping, occupying, attacking, disinforming, manipulating… etc etc…
    Now you little putinbots should really hang your heads in shame after what Putin and his evil predecessors have done and are carrying on doing to innocent, peace-loving people, all in the name of a new version of their Evil Empire!
    Your silly, meaningless comments are just that – nothing! The World has woken up to Putin&Co and to good old russian expansionism, empirical ambitions anew….
    You sad bunch have nothing new to add. The old record has been found again, thank God. Let’s hope the World will get it’s act together at long last and put a stop to this Evil!!!

    • Rosko Packer

      Good grief! You claim Russia as the evil empire, and those other charges, but can’t see what the U.S. has been doing since the early FIFTIES? The world has woken up? Hell, dude, the world is in a fucking COMA!

      • Trident One

        Fifties? You are kidding me and yourself!!! How about centuries of Russian “love”??!!

        • Trident One

          If you can’t see what Russia has been doing since you’ve been around then I can’t help you. Suggest a little 6 month trip to Russia!! Experience it first hand.