It's no secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin is proud of his physique - he has been photographed topless on horseback, or reeling in a fish.
U.S. lawmakers and Jewish groups are among those criticising him. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship".
In a two-hour documentary titled "Putin" that was posted on social media on Sunday, the Russian President said he was told about the impending attack moments before the Games were due to start.
Vladimir Putin's controversial remark came when the host asked him about the 13 Russian nationals who were charged by special counsel Robert Mueller with violating United States criminal laws in order to interfere with U.S. elections and political processes.
"I couldn't care less because they do not represent the government, I could not care less. Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this". Or maybe a green card. Or maybe Americans paid them for this job. "And I tried to forget that I. knew what the last third was about - that you would actually see opportunities there to reduce the tensions between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries, the Western countries, the nations that want to live by worldwide law, maintain sovereignty and territorial integrity of everyone, and the Russian Federation".
Mr Putin has been criticised by some groups, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
The secretive chief executive of oil giant Rosneft, Igor Sechin, said he had served under Putin in various capacities for almost 30 years and that the president was "a very careful person".
"It is deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years with a comment that sounds as if it was ripped from the pages of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) called on world leaders to denounce "soundly and promptly" what he called Putin's "repulsive" remarks. "Moreover, it is growing", Gusev said, adding that "more people will vote for Putin than at the previous election".
"Honestly speaking, I don't know a single mistake he has made over these years", Sechin said in rare public comments.