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In the first edition of the newly minted "Power Vertical Podcast," I spoke with longtime Russia-watcher David Satter, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of the book "Darkness At Dawn: The Rise Of The Russian Criminal State" and the forthcoming "It Was A Long Time Ago And It Never Happened Anyway: Russia And The Communist Past."

David boasts decades of experience following Russian affairs as a journalist, scholar, and author. In our discussion, he offered his insight on the latest machinations of the ruling tandem, the prospects for modernization, and the state of Russian civil society.


Listen to or download the podcast below or subscribe to "The Power Vertical Podcast" on iTunes.

Power Vertical Podcast, No. 1

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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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