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Podcast: All Mobbed Up

  • Brian Whitmore

Head of state? Or head of a crime syndicate?

Head of state? Or head of a crime syndicate?

Another another shoe drops.

Another mask is removed.

Another set of skeletons walks out of Vladimir Putin's closet.

Another international investigation exposes the dark heart of the Kremlin regime.

A Spanish judge this week issued international arrest warrants for a dozen Russians -- including current and former officials -- in connection with a decade-long organized crime investigation.

The Spanish probe into the Tambov and Malyshev gangs has shone a bright spotlight on Putin's mob ties dating back to his tenure as deputy mayor of the gangster's paradise of St. Petersburg in the 1990s.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss the Spanish revelations and indictments with co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russian organized crime, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and Karen Dawisha, director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at Miami University of Ohio and the author of the highly acclaimed book Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?

Enjoy...

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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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