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A crackdown on alleged Islamists intensifies. A big decision looms on Belarus. And Russia's propaganda machine gets a haircut.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we examine three issues in the news in Russia this week: a series of raids by Russian law enforcement against alleged Islamic miltants in Russia; the maneuverings between Moscow and Minsk in the wake of Belarus's election; and a decision to cut the Russian state media budget by 1.1 billion rubles ($18 million).

Joining me is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


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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