Putin told stone that Anatoly Sobchak did not support the collapse of the Soviet Union

© Showtime/KomandirПрезидент of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and American film Director Oliver stone during an interviewPutin told stone that Anatoly Sobchak did not support the collapse of the Soviet Union© Showtime/Komandir

Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the American Director Oliver stone said that the first mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak was a Democrat by conviction and opposed the breakup of the Soviet Union.

«Sobchak was absolutely sincere, sane person. From the point of view of ideology, he was a Democrat, but he was categorically against the dissolution of the Soviet Union,» Putin said.

The book is a transcript of Putin’s interview with stone was released in the U.S. on Friday. Putin’s words are given in reverse translation from English.

Anatoly Sobchak in 1991 became the first mayor of Leningrad, and remained in that post until 1996. In Sobchak’s team worked with Vladimir Putin. When Sobchak, the city recovered its historical name — Saint Petersburg. In February 2000, Sobchak died in Svetlogorsk (Kaliningrad oblast). The cause of death was acute heart failure.

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