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Briefing: Power Plays In Ukraine, Georgia

  • Brian Whitmore

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses lawmakers on July 16 before a vote on decentralizing power to the regions.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses lawmakers on July 16 before a vote on decentralizing power to the regions.

Ukraine gives some ground on granting special status to rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. And Georgians protest their government's accommodationist policies toward Russia.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead at legislation pending in the Ukrainian parliament decentralizing political power in the country -- and what it may mean in the war-torn east. Also on the Briefing, we take a look at the fallout from Russia's recent land grab along the de facto border with breakaway South Ossetia.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.

EDITOR'S 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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