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What Putin Wants to Get Out of Tucker Carlson

One of the last Western journalists to interview the Russian leader describes the Kremlin’s mind games, and how to discern journalism from propaganda. (Click image for article.)

Photo: “Putin’s goal is to weaken America. Putin has had it up to here with feeling that Russia is a second-class power compared to America,” said Lionel Barber, the former editor of the Financial Times. | Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP via Getty Images

 

Vladimir Putin doesn’t give many interviews to Westerners. So when Tucker Carlson airs his sit-down on Thursday, it will mark one of the first times in years that the Russian president held a one-on-one interview with a Western journalist — though there’s debate if Carlson counts as one.

One journalist who did gain this kind of access to Putin was Lionel Barber, the editor of the Financial Times until 2020. Barber, together with a Moscow-based colleague, spent more than an hour and a half interviewing Putin in the Kremlin in July 2019. He recalls quite an experience, being kept waiting for hours until nearly midnight while aides played mind games to unnerve him.

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