Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Podcast: All The King's Men

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting of leaders of ex-Soviet nations in the Kremlin, Moscow,  on December 19, 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a meeting of leaders of ex-Soviet nations in the Kremlin, Moscow, on December 19, 2012.
Ten men to rule the nation. Dozens of clans fighting for resources. One arbiter to settle disputes.
It has gone by different names, from the collective Putin to Putin's Politburo. But most Kremlin-watchers agree that Russia is not, in fact, governed by formal institutions like the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Duma, but rather, by an informal collective leadership -- with Vladimir Putin as its front man and decider-in-chief.
The respected political analyst Yevgeny Minchenko has been monitoring and analyzing the composition and dynamics of this shadow ruling elite for years. And this week, his Minchenko Consulting Group released the latest update of their series, "Putin's Politburo 2.0."
In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discussed the state of the "collective Putin" with co-host Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and special guest Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of "Sean's Russia Blog."

Power Vertical Podcast -- All The King's Men
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by: Jack from: US
January 26, 2013 17:42
apart from brain-dead rednecks who is delusional enough to believe US is governed by a teleprompter-controlled rubber doll called Obama? US is ruled by mafia which is disguising itself under two-faced mask of "democratic" and "republican" "parties".
Anyone outside of that mafia has no chance to win "elections" in US

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