Vladimir Voinovich is an acclaimed Russian author and satirist.

In this extended interview, he speaks to Empire about why he thinks Russia invaded Crimea, how the KGB helped President Vladimir Putin gain power, and the future of politics in Russia.

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Source: Al Jazeera