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Putin's Road to War: Eugene Robinson (interview)

12 Mar 2022
In an interview for the FRONTLINE documentary “Putin’s Road to War,” columnist Eugene Robinson shares his analysis of Vladimir Putin's ambitions.

"I think he wants to be a great historical figure for Russia," he tells FRONTLINE. "I think he wants to be in the line of Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Lenin, Stalin. I think it's Putin the Great is what he wants to be."

Eugene Robinson is a columnist and an associate editor for The Washington Post, where he writes on politics and culture.

The following interview was conducted by FRONTLINE's Mike Wiser on March 3, 2022. It has been edited for clarity and length.

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