The FRONTLINE Interviews:

The Putin Files

Our Sources. On the Record. At Your Fingertips.

Vladimir Putin photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

FRONTLINE spent months reporting for the documentary Putin's Revenge, speaking with the heads of U.S. intelligence agencies, diplomats, journalists, scholars and political insiders from Russia and the United States. In all, 56 sources spoke to us on camera. Now, in an effort to make our journalism more transparent, we're publishing the complete collection of these extended conversations. In "The Putin Files," explore the interviews using interactive features that enable you to navigate by theme or person, select and share any excerpt on social media, and dig deeper into annotated content about this still unfolding history.


Yevgenia Albats
Russian journalist
Daniel Baer
U.S. ambassador, OSCE, 2013-17
Peter Baker
The New York Times
John Beyrle
U.S. ambassador to Russia, 2008-12
Antony Blinken
Obama adviser, 2009-15
Irina Borogan
Co-author, "The Red Web"
John Brennan
CIA Director, 2013-17
William Burns
U.S. ambassador to Russia, 2005-08
Massimo Calabresi
James Clapper
Director of National Intelligence, 2010-17
James Collins
U.S. ambassador to Russia, 1997-2001
Robert Costa
The Washington Post
Michael Crowley
Tikhon Dzyadko
Russian journalist
Evelyn Farkas
Defense Department, 2009-15
Jon Finer
Obama adviser, 2009-13
Daniel Fried
National Security Council, 2001-05
Masha Gessen
Author, "The Man Without a Face"
Susan Glasser
Co-author, "Kremlin Rising"
Sebastian Gorka
Deputy Assistant to the President, 2017
Thomas Graham
National Security Council, 2002-07
Gennady Gudkov
Opposition politician
Lev Gudkov
Russian sociologist
Stephen Hadley
National Security Adviser, 2005-09
David Hoffman
The Washington Post
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
President of Estonia, 2006-16
Julia Ioffe
The Atlantic
Jeh Johnson
Secretary of Homeland Security, 2013-17
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Opposition politician
Andrei Klimov
Russian Senate
Masha Lipman
Russian journalist
Ryan Lizza
The New Yorker
Michael McFaul
U.S. ambassador to Russia, 2012-14
Molly McKew
Adviser to former president of Georgia
Alexander Mikhailov
Former KGB officer
Greg Miller
The Washington Post
Ellen Nakashima
The Washington Post
Victoria Nuland
U.S. ambassador to NATO, 2005-08
Evan Osnos
The New Yorker
Timothy O’Brien
Executive editor, Bloomberg View
Gleb Pavlovsky
Former adviser to Vladimir Putin
Nikolay Petrov
Russian political scientist
Steven Pifer
U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, 1998-2000
John Podesta
Clinton campaign chairman
Vladimir Ryzhkov
Opposition politician
David Sanger
The New York Times
Adam Schiff
Ekaterina Schulmann
Russian political scientist
Andrei Soldatov
Co-author, "The Red Web"
Jake Sullivan
Chief policy adviser, Clinton campaign
Strobe Talbott
Deputy Secretary of State, 1994-2001
Celeste Wallander
Obama administration, 2009-17
Ben Wittes
Editor-in-chief, Lawfare
Jon Wolfsthal
Obama adviser, 2014-17
Joshua Yaffa
The New Yorker
Mikhail Zygar
Author, "All the Kremlin’s Men"

Interviews for this series were conducted by Michael Kirk, Jim Gilmore, Mike Wiser and David Hoffman of the Kirk Documentary Group and edited for the web by Phil Bennett, Jason Breslow and Callie Wiser.

Design and build for "The Putin Files" by Chris Amico, Ly Chheng and Dan Nolan with assistance from Kimberly Patch. Video editing by Chad Ervin. Copy editing by Julie Wolf. Translations by Tatyana Gassel-Vozlinskaya.

Additional assistance from Dale Cohen, Miles Alvord, Kenzie Audette, Priyanka Boghani, Nicole Einbinder, Anna Kaul, Leila Miller, Lisa Palone and Brenna Verre.

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