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The Power Vertical Podcast -- Putin: The Sequel


Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin (left) attends a meeting of the Modernization Commission headed by President Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Dimitrovgrad, just hours before his resignation.

Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin (left) attends a meeting of the Modernization Commission headed by President Dmitry Medvedev in the city of Dimitrovgrad, just hours before his resignation.

The fallout from Vladimir Putin's announcement this weekend that he will return to the presidency in 2012 with Dmitry Medvedev becoming his prime minister has already begun. Finance Minister Aleksei Kudrin announced his resignation today, a day after he told reporters he would not serve in a government led by Medvedev and just hours after a testy public exchange with the president.

In the latest edition of The Power Vertical podcast, I discussed the Kudrin scandal and what we can expect from Putin 2.0 with Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service.

Enjoy...

Power Vertical Podcast -- Putin Special

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