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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Reads Newspapers Every Day

In a wide-ranging interview broadcast on U.S. television over the weekend, President Vladimir Putin said he read newspapers every day and found journalism very similar to intelligence work.

"You know journalism, as concerns collecting information, differs little if at all from intelligence work," Putin told Mike Wallace, an anchor of CBS television's Sunday evening program "60 Minutes," according to a Kremlin transcript.

"I worked in intelligence and know how information and information bulletins are made," the president said. "After all, this is determined to a considerable extent by the political qualities of those who do it."

Later in the interview, Wallace asked Putin if he read The Moscow Times, and he responded "sometimes."

Wallace than proceeded to read from an Associated Press story in late January reporting Putin's comments on the dangers of anti-Semitism made at a ceremony in Poland on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.