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Podcast: The Berezovsky Syndrome


If Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) didn't have oligarch Boris Berezovsky (left), he would have had to invent him.

If Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) didn't have oligarch Boris Berezovsky (left), he would have had to invent him.

The saga of Boris Berezovsky has many lessons: that when the tectonic plates of Russian politics shift, change can be rapid and unforgiving; that the fall from the pinnacle of power can be extremely fast and perilously steep; that today's protege can become tomorrow's mortal adversary.

And many of the elements of the system Berezovsky lorded over in the 1990s -- the Byzantine clan battles, the intrigue and subterfuge, and the primacy of informal networks -- are still prevalent.

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discussed Berezovsky's legacy with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and NYU professor Mark Galeotti, author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."

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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