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Did the gray cardinal of the Kremlin jump ship? Or was he pushed? And what are the implications of Vladislav Surkov’s abrupt exit from the halls of power? A week after the fact, there is little consensus.

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I discuss the fallout from Surkov’s resignation with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL’s Russian Service and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Also on the podcast, Kirill, Sean, and I talk about the strange spy scandal -- wigs, compasses, and all -- that erupted in Moscow this past week.


Listen to or download the podcast above 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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