Recalling Putin Two Decades Ago
A veteran foreign correspondent revisits an old reel of his 2003 TV interview
What does an old video reveal about an old spy and future authoritarian leader?
I recently reviewed recordings of an interview I had with Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the Kremlin on October 13, 2003.
I’d been approached by Putin’s people in Moscow to arrange an unusual interview: In his first term as President, Putin wanted to reach out to televi…