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Fighting In The Streets?
According to a new poll by the independent Levada Center, a clear majority of Russians believe that massive and violent ethnic conflicts are either very or somewhat likely. Gazeta ru takes a closer look at the numbers.

Wreckers and Saboteurs
President Dmitry Medvedev accuses bureaucrats of sabotaging his modernization program. "Vedomosti" reports.

Happy Birthday Mr. President
Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin would have turned 80 years old on February 1. RFE/RL's Russian Service put together this photo gallery.

Emigration Blues
Why do Russians emigrate? Political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin addresses the question in "Novaya gazeta."

Sputnik Moment
Writing in Gazeta.ru, foreign affairs expert Fyodor Lukyanov weighs in on U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech and his reference to Washington's new "Sputnik moment."

1990s Postmortem
Why did Yeltsin's economic and political reforms fall short of the mark?
Yulia Latynina aqnd Kiril Rodionov offer different takes in "Yezhednevny zhurnal."

We Will Bury You
Is it finally time to bury Lenin's body. A majority of Russians say yes in a Levada Center poll.

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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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