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The Daily Vertical: A Regime Runs Out Of Ideas

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The Daily Vertical: A Regime Runs Out Of Ideas
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.

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by: trisul
January 13, 2016 13:50
It makes sense to me. Putin knows that success is underpromissing with mediocre delivery. However, the situation is overhyped and it is impossible to underpromiss in an overhyped environment. Better say nothing at all.

This echoes the interviews we see from ordinary Russians, saying things such as: if Vladimir Vladimirevich says things are better, so they are, even if my own experience and the experience of my friends and family does not bear witness to these truths. Soviet-style communications rule.
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by: elmer
January 13, 2016 15:56
reminds me of the old sovok jokes, one with the tag line:

"what if comrade Putler Khuylo says we have run out of bread, papa?"
"then we will learn not to like or need bread"

by: Bo from: Czech Kingdom
January 13, 2016 18:12
Interesting comments from the dwarf about different kind of democracies in different parts of the world. In the recent Bild interview.

Might be a theme worth exploring because he keeps on about it quite regularly.

If not, never mind cause RuSSia will provide bizarre-fest on a daily basis from now on for sure.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
January 14, 2016 05:58
It is obvious that within the Kremlin gang reigns panic because of the collapse of oil prices
Putin gave the order for the "responsible comrades" to pretend that everything is all right.
Yesterday, Putin surrounded by terrified aunts and uncles solemnly announced that Russia invented a cure for Ebola
Comrade Medvedev had appearance that he was going to have a heart attack
It is understandable that a cure for Ebola is a couple of glass of vodka on empty stomach after that the patient will go to dance russian folk dance for alcoholics "Kamarinskaya" and yell song: "We are not afraid of the gray wolf ..."
Looking at the mugs of Putin's entourage, we see that their main idea is how to extricate themself from the situation where they found themselves with the help of сomrade Putin and how to save their skin if hungry "quilted jackets" with axes and pitchforks come to kill them.





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