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The Briefing: Church And State

  • Brian Whitmore

A top church official takes a fall.

A top church official takes a fall.

Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vsevolod Chaplin, one of the most visible and controversial figures in the Moscow Patriarchate, was fired last week.

Chaplin then launched into a fierce attack on what he called Russia's "immoral elites" and predicted that Partiarch Kirill would soon be replaced.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing we look at what Chaplin's sacking means going forward. Joining me is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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