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The Briefing: Lawsuits, Lies, And Videotape

  • Brian Whitmore

(Time Magazine cover from August 4, 2014)

(Time Magazine cover from August 4, 2014)

A law firm in Australia sues Russia and Vladimir Putin over the downing of Flight MH17 in a case in which damages could approach $3 billion .

And a television station in France exposes the fabrications of Russia's top propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov, and the video is going viral.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss these two stories with Pavel Butorin, the managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.


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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