“I’m used to being attacked from all sides.” Putin answered the question of an NBC journalist whether he was
Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the eve of his meeting with American President Joe Biden, gave a 90-minute interview to NBC News.
During the conversation, NBC correspondent Keir Simmons asked Putin if he was a “killer”. So he recalled Biden’s March interview, who answered in the affirmative when asked by an ABC journalist whether he considers the Russian president a murderer.
In response to a question about the ‘killer’, Putin laughed and said: “Listen, during my tenure I got used to attacks from all sides and from various areas under different pretexts, reasons, attacks of different caliber and cruelty, none of this is me does not surprise.
An NBC News journalist listed the names of famous people killed in Russia in recent years: Sergei Magnitsky, Anna Politkovskaya, Boris Nemtsov, Mikhail Lesin. “I don’t want to sound rude, but it looks like some kind of indigestion, verbal indigestion,” Putin told him. “We found the criminals who committed these acts, some of them in prison, and we are ready to continue working in this direction,” the Russian president said.
Putin highlighted Mikhail Lesin, former Press and Broadcasting Minister, who died in the United States under strange circumstances, calling him a decent man whom he liked.
A snippet of the interview aired on Friday evening, June 11th. The rest of Putin’s conversation with the NBC News reporter is scheduled to air on Monday, June 14.