Stuffed with insight and bizarre anecdotes, this documentary about the Russian president could almost be funny if it weren’t so scary
It was 2006, not long since Vladimir Putin had passed a new law allowing the KGB to kill traitors outside Russia, and soon after Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned after visiting a London sushi bar. Mikheil Saakashvili, the then president of Georgia, remembers being at a banquet with Putin and Aleksandr Lukashenko, the always president of Belarus. Saakashvili was on his way to London and Lukashenko was making jokes about it. Eat well here, he advised Saakashvili, and don’t eat anything in London, especially not sushi.
Lukashenko didn’t leave it at that. He said the safest food was Putin’s and passed Putin’s plate to Saakashvili. At which point Putin got cross, dropped his fork and said he had nothing to do with Litvinenko’s murder.
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