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January 14, 2016
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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: JabbaTheCat from: Outside The Mousehole
January 14, 2016 14:09
Lolz...clearly these 'aggrieved' individuals are suffering a severe irony bypass...

by: elmer
January 14, 2016 16:09
The best description of the system in the Rashan Federation came from an interview published on this web site.

In the Rasha, one is either an accomplice or a victim.

Or, stated differently - one is either in the penthouse or the outhouse.

You are right, Brian - yet another sovok Rashan mafioso got kicked out of the penthouse, and now he's kvetching about the view from the outhouse.

The wonder of it all is why Russians put up with all of this - the ones that haven't moved to California or Oregon or England or Germany.

by: Thomas from: California
January 14, 2016 20:41
The time has will come when the power at bay eat their own.

by: Sharik from: Helsinki
January 16, 2016 16:09
I'm curious about the people of the Russian Federation who are being sent to work in Stalinesque slave labor prison camps across Siberia and in other remote locations. With the economy imploding, it can't just be elites who face randomly increasing persecution. Anyway, I don't trust the narrative of any elites who appear to have fallen from grace anyway. I've mentioned before that it just reeks of a dog and pony show, manufactured both for external and for internal audiences. What good does it serve the internal, domestic audiences? I cant think of two reasons:

1) The narratives increase obedience.
2) The narratives decrease the pain of the absence a community feels when one of their young men is shipped off to work in a slave labor prison camp for "hooliganism" or engaging in "non-traditional sexual relationships" or some other trumped-up charge.

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