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Podcast: Russia’s Political Futures Market


Plotting a future with and without Vladimir Putin. Clockwise from top left: Igor Sechin, Aleksei Chesnakov, Sergei Shoigu, Dmitry Rogozin, Sergei Mironov, and Mikhail Prokhorov

Plotting a future with and without Vladimir Putin. Clockwise from top left: Igor Sechin, Aleksei Chesnakov, Sergei Shoigu, Dmitry Rogozin, Sergei Mironov, and Mikhail Prokhorov

An interesting new species has appeared on the Russian landscape since mass opposition to the system broke out a year and a half ago -- the political entrepreneur. These longtime insiders have been calculating and scrambling to secure a safe landing regardless of how the ongoing political crisis is resolved.

Some are doing so out of cynicism. Some are acting on principle. Most out of some combination of the two.

But playing Russia’s political futures market -- simultaneously preparing for life with and without Vladimir Putin -- is a tricky and perilous game.

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast" I discuss Russia’s political entrepreneurs with co-hosts Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia’s security services at New York University, and Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

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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