Vladimir Putin has spoken about showering next to a gay man.
The Russian President made the statements in an interview with screenwriter, director, and filmmaker Oliver Stone.
Stone asked him about Russia’s discriminatory ‘gay propaganda’ law, passed in 2013, which has been the basis for raids and violence against gay people.
‘There are no restrictions whatsoever,’ Putin told Stone.
He also compared Russia to some Islamic states, saying gay people faced the death penalty there.
Stone then asked Putin whether he would shower next to a gay man in a submarine.
‘Well, I prefer not to go in the shower with him,’ Putin said.
‘Why provoke him?
‘But you know, I’m a judo master.’
Putin reportedly laughed while giving his answer.
Stone interviewed Putin for his upcoming four-part documentary called the Putin Interviews.
He conducted the interviews over the course of two years, between July 2015 and February 2017, and quizzed the president on a number of issues – from Edward Snowden to his exercise regime to the possibility of a nuclear war.
Stone has been criticized for neither fact-checking Putin’s claims, nor interviewing members of the opposition.
During the episode, which was shown to a number of news outlets including Bloomberg, who said the documentary ‘offered little that’s new about the former KGB agent who’s ruled Russia for more than 17 years’.
Audiences learn Putin never missed a day of his presidency purely because he is a man.
‘I am not a woman, so I don’t have bad days,’ he said during a tour of the Kremlin’s gilded throne room.
‘I am not trying to insult anyone. That’s just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles.’
Stone’s documentary also shows Putin flexing his muscles on an exercise machine and ‘feeding carrots to a thoroughbred horse named after Dutch theoretical physicist Johannes Diderik van der Waals’.
On a more serious note, Stone also asked Putin about the nuclear theory of mutually assured destruction.
Putin answered that ‘nobody would survive’ a war between nuclear superpowers, even if the US have a missile shield.