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Podcast: The Sixth Column


The beleagured Westernizers (clockwise from top left): Aleksei Kudrin, Dmitry Medvedev, German Gref, Sergei Aleksashenko, Arkady Dvorkovich, and Sergei Guriyev.

The beleagured Westernizers (clockwise from top left): Aleksei Kudrin, Dmitry Medvedev, German Gref, Sergei Aleksashenko, Arkady Dvorkovich, and Sergei Guriyev.

They've been isolated. They've been marginalized. They've been silenced. Many of them are living in fear. And some of them have even fled the country.

Ever since the Ukraine crisis broke out -- and particularly since the patriotic fervor unleashed by the Crimea annexation -- Russia's establishment Westernizers have been on the outs and on the run.

Exiled from the inner sanctum of decision-making, derided as a traitorous "sixth column," and devoid of influence in society, Russia's Westernizers are clearly down. But are they out?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we look at the plight and the prospects of the beleaguered pro-Western camp in the Russian elite.

Also on the podcast, we unpack some eyebrow-raising comments this week by former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

Joining me are Mark Galeotti, a professor at NYU, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine Neprikosnovenny Zapas; and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of Sean's Russia Blog.

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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