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Podcast: The Tale Of The Tape

  • Brian Whitmore

The man on the phone and the people in the streets

The man on the phone and the people in the streets

Sometimes it takes awhile for the historical record to become clear.

Sometimes it takes time for the things we have long suspected -- and even assumed -- to be confirmed.

Sometimes it takes years to fill in the blanks.

That's exactly what happened this week when Ukrainian prosecutors released recordings of intercepted telephone conversations between Kremlin aide Sergei Glazyev and proxies in Ukraine.

In the intercepts, Glazyev gives detailed instructions about instigating unrest in Donetsk, Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, and Odesa as early as February 2014.

So what did we learn from the Glazyev tapes? And what are the implications?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss these revelations with co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Czech Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows, and guests Andreas Umland of the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv and Anton Shekhovtsov, a visiting fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

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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