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The Daily Vertical: The Masters Of Nothing

  • Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

Clarification: In a press conference on March 9, the head of the Russian Skating Union, Aleksei Krastev, said the banned drug meldonium had been planted on Russian skaters "by other athletes" not other teams as stated in the video. The transcript has been revised to reflect this.

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The Power Vertical
The Power Vertical

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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