Face-to-Face with Vladimir Putin: What Tim Costello Discovered - Hope 103.2

Face-to-Face with Vladimir Putin: What Tim Costello Discovered

Australian Christian leader Tim Costello met Vladimir Putin in 2013 and shared key insights about his interaction on Hope 103.2.

Listen: Tim Costello tells Ben McEachen about the times he met with Vladimir Putin

By Ben McEachenWednesday 9 Mar 2022Hope AfternoonsSocial JusticeReading Time: 1 minute

The entire world is trying to get inside the head of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In 2013, Tim Costello met Putin in a face-to-face meeting at the G20 when he was leading civil society. There were parts of Putin’s personality and spirituality which Australian Christian leader Costello still vividly recalls.

“I must admit I started with a favourable view of about, at least, his favourable inclusion,” Mr Costello said, continuing that his opinion of Mr Putin “soured well before the invasion of Ukraine”.

Costello believes the way Putin views the Russian history of Christianity is crucial to understanding his decision to invade Ukraine.

Micah Australia Executive Director Costello spoke with Hope Afternoons about the “evil” of linking any push for power with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Listen to the full interview with Tim Costello in the player above.

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