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The Daily Vertical: Putin's Liberal Enablers

The Daily Vertical: Putin's Liberal Enablersi
March 07, 2016
The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.
By Brian Whitmore

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page. 

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

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by: Ray Finch from: Lawrence
March 07, 2016 17:28
If you start with the supposition that the Putin regime is irredeemably corrupt and the source of all evil, then you are right, this proposed appointment might raise eyebrows. Could it be, however, that the Kremlin leadership continues to evolve and that they might see the value of holding more honest elections? Why does every Putin action have to be interpreted in the worst possible light? Could Pamfilova be hoping to do her share to help reform the system?
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by: Brian Whitmore from: Prague
March 09, 2016 13:11
Gee Ray, I don't know why we would ever doubt this regime's motives. They've assassinated a British citizen in the heart of London with a radioactive isotope; they've kidnapped foreign citizens and forced them to endure absurd show trials in Russia; they've invaded their neighbors and annexed their territory; they're responsible for the shooting down of a civilian airliner; they've turned Europe's migrant crisis into a weapon; they've initiated the largest disinformation campaign in decades. And, oh yeah, they've never held a free and fair election in 17 years. But maybe you're right, Ray. Maybe we should give them the benefit of the doubt on this.

by: bob
March 08, 2016 00:41
When Put in invaded east Ukraine, his real end game was to prevent a new NATO democracy on his boarder that would provide the Russian people an example of a successful transistion to an individual rights, rule of law country. The insertion into Syria was a little harder to figure out. But now, the reason is clear - oil prices. The Russian budget (and the oligarcy) are entirely dependent on prices that are higher than the free market can provide. How does Putin raise oil prices? Show the world that he has the might to take over any country he likes (watch out Saudia Arabia) so you better fall in line and cut production. Russia will never cut production, but any OPEC country that does not cut just signed their own death warrant.

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