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A FIFA official says Russia could lose the 2018 World Cup; a G7 summit wraps up in Germany while a BRICS meeting kicks off in Moscow; and the trial of an Estonian law-enforcement officer begins in Pskov oblast.

The latest Power Vertical Briefing looks at three issues in the news this week: the reaction to remarks by Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA's audit and compliance committee, that Russia could lose its right to host the 2018 World Cup if bribery allegations are proven; Moscow's efforts to portray BRICS as an alternative to the G7; and the controversial trial of Estonian law-enforcement officer Eston Kohver.

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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