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‘I don’t want princes’: Putin lifts veil on grandchildren

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin offered a glimpse at his family life on Thursday, confirming for the first time that he has grandchildren and saying he wants to keep them out of the spotlight so they can grow up "normally". "I have grandchildren. They live normal lives," Putin said during his annual marathon TV call-in with Russians, confirming a revelation from a series of interviews by US filmmaker Oliver Stone that have been airing in the US this week. Putin said that one grandchild was "already in…

Oscar-winner Oliver Stone brings Putin to US television

NEW YORK: Oliver Stone, the Hollywood director and triple Oscar winner, puts Russian President Vladimir Putin in US living rooms by broadcasting interviews with a leader who fascinates and repels many Americans in equal measure. "The Putin Interviews" is the product of 12 conversations between the Russian leader and Stone between July 2015 and February 2017, cut into four one-hour programs shown from Monday to Thursday on cable network Showtime. If Putin offers few revelations about policy, staunchly defending his…