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Podcast: Vladimir Putin's Historical Heroes

Tsarist-era Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin

Tsarist-era Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin

Vladimir Putin has plucked several role models from Russian history; from the tsarist-era Prime Minister Pyotr Stolypin to Soviet leader Yury Andropov and the early 20th-century philosopher Ivan Ilyin.

Observers have also likened Putin to Tsar Nicholas I, who came to power following the Decembrist uprising and recently -- and less flatteringly -- to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.

For this week's edition of The Power Vertical Podcast, I sat down with regular co-host Kirill Kobrin to discuss whether any of these figures help us understand Putin and his governing style.

Also on the podcast, Kirill and I discuss outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev's last meeting with journalists as head of state.

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


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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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