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Briefing: Russia Reacts To U.S. LGBT Ruling

  • Brian Whitmore

LGBT activists hold rainbow flag in Moscow in May.

LGBT activists hold rainbow flag in Moscow in May.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling resonates in Russia. And Moscow tries a soft approach with Armenia.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at how last week's ruling extending same-sex marriage to all 50 U.S. states is resonating in Russia -- and surprisingly, the official reaction has not been uniformly negative.

Also on the Briefing, we look at recent moves by Moscow to appease protesters in Armenia and what this may portend.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for 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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