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Podcast: The Putin Show Goes Global

This year's Putin Show had global -- and ominous -- overtones.
This year's Putin Show had global -- and ominous -- overtones.
Relaxed, confident, and full of pithy one-liners, Vladimir Putin was in his element in this week's call-in show with carefully screened ordinary citizens.

The event has been an annual ritual of his presidency. But this year, coming in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea and amid Moscow-backed turmoil in eastern Ukraine, it had more ominous -- and global -- overtones as Kremlin-watchers tuned in for clues to Putin's intentions.

So what did we learn? In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss the Putin show and what it shows about the Kremlin leader's thinking. 

Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows," and 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 -- April 18, 2014
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by: Anonymous
April 18, 2014 19:30
show or not show
is a fantastic page of democracy
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 19, 2014 00:00
Shot up anonymous behind-kisser of your invading Human Civilizations Nazi masters!
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by: Anonymous
April 20, 2014 22:03

what about iraq and afghanistan ?
Or libye
Or you intention of bombing syria
and many many other situation io which you country invaded killed destroyed and ganged government ?

go un do a tour io south america
Where i ao from
and see how many people hate your imperialism
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 23, 2014 00:46
Another Ukrainian, bestially tortured and murdered on your consciousness, Putin!
A question to you Putin:
Is it like in time of Eltcin, third force was uncontrollable,
bestially torturing and murdering for expanding Russia?
If not, do you personally burry future of Russia and CIS,
brainwashed on history, after Khrutschev burned books?
If yes, are you blindly follow evil Russian Third Force,
knowing not their creators were mind-controlled by
Children that were mind-controlled by Germans
during occupation , like Kishinev school N. 42,
inspiring Russian-German Imperio-restoration,
among Nomenclature, including L. Brezhnev?
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 24, 2014 00:56
Is it your answer through Lavrov?
Will you invade all Ukraine like Georgia in 2008?
Russia outdoing Hitler many times over in its arrogance!
Is Russia ruled by traitors that like at 1941 destroying CIS?
Do you think this time no genius like Einshtein or Kartveli
will help stop Russia, as they helped stop Hitler?
Why would you Putin and your Russia think so?
Is it because you think you read our minds, like invisible mordushkas-koldushkas, to steal ideas World would get,
so Russia would produce it faster in larger numbers -
to conquer the World?
Like you steal from me, to glorify race of Varaga-Prussaka
part-Neanderthals and use it and its "glory" to invade us?
What if there are ways block or bust your "kikimoras"?

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 19, 2014 01:06
Postwar Modernism?
Varag-Neanderthals (look "The 13th warrior") did it already a millennium ago!
They two times lied ridiculously to Mongols and brought two times million armies to Georgia.
First army was destroyed, Georgia lost 75,000 out of 100,000
Second time they sent in advance telepaths, as Russia does,
they came without warning, as Russia does, they used secret weapons - most of population was destroyed.
Social realism?
What you want reality to be, not what it is?
Not true - Russia is again Varag-Prussak lying bestial expansionist.
"Fascism" in West Ukraine?
Isn't it a decree issued by invaded by Russian KGB-GRU force Donetsk state buildings to round-up Jews for selection?
Just few days ago!
For instance, Hitler gave Eihman paper to transport labor for war efforts - Hitler wouldn't dare be so openly arrogant!
Russia is annexing Ukraine!
Putin is lying, in Georgian provinces influx done by genocide from Lenin through Putin, still majority in Abkhazia were Georgians - Russia invaded anywhere!
Kalandia wasn't fascist, he razed flag on Reighstag - Russia invaded anywhere!
Russia is a mean lying parasite!
East Ukraine was there for millenniums!
Russians genocide during Golodomor, refuse return back
millions of Ukrainians from the East, where they moved their
best industries of USSR and won WW2 and influx by
Russian-speaking and later more Nazi Russians didn't
change it - Ukrainians are still majority in Eastern Ukraine!
But Russia will invade anywhere, as they did in Georgia and Moldova, unless UN and West will stop them!
Listening to your British accent apologetic nostalgic deviation, it looks like West is not that strait about it.
By the way, eastern Moldova was Ukraine!
Russians forced Ukraine give it to Moldova in exchange for Moldova's exit to Black Sea and Chernovitcy, but than Russians did influx both by Russian swine, you admire so much by softening image of Russia!______________________________________________
If Russia will not return all and repent - it will be eventually WW3 or end of Nazi Russia – last is nearly impossible, because Russia is already corrupted and control USA, Brits and the rest to such degree, you make God and all of us hate you for torturing, plagiarizing and destroying us, as you doing to me and my mother all life, East and West -
you already murdered my mother 7/7/2012 by order and plot of Russia - so far justice cunningly abstracted!

by: from: Dublin
April 19, 2014 13:31
Putin is a liar...period. As for Snowden asking a question on the phone in...that was staged as well as the rest of it. The whole peace deal wasn't worth the paper it was written on & sadly World Leaders are still acting as "Lambs" & nearly genuflecting on his every word.

I'd wish they'd stop this idiotic practice & return a punch for each of his punches. If I were a betting man I would say Putin will eat up East Ukraine over the next few days/week & maybe it all. Believe not a word from his pharynx.

Happy Easter to one & all & I wish it could be that as well for the people of Ukraine, but unfortunately, we all know who has spoiled that scenario, don't we?!
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by: Anonymous
April 20, 2014 22:16
Oh yes . . . Snowden !

Just a perfet exemple of involvement of so called "leading democracy among west democracies "

Newspaper who give visibility un this scandal win pulizer price
while Usa government io caching he as a terrorist .
This is american freedom and democracy .

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
April 20, 2014 12:38
Russian Democracy or Global Tyranny?
The resurrection day, but no place to go.
Do I care much? I am not. What is their believe?
Ukrainian church leader justly ask Russian invaders leave.
Russian church said not - “Ukraine is part of Russian inflow”.
I went once to Catolic church, and ask for Bishop's blessings,
For Abkhazia invaded by the Russians - during Catolic mess,
He answered, "O, you are the clever one", while his telepaths
Burned my tong, it happened be Swartcnegger honor's outlet,
KGB-Helena movie - "bad" Georgian and "good' Russian cop.
I found Russian church - it's also staffed by Russia's telepaths.
Few times it was open, but empty, I lighted candles for mother.
At other times Russian hypnotist were hitting bladder, a waste
Of Russia, which busted-up non-Russians - 150,000,000 men,
Since childhood - whisperers purring water into caps, the bust
Of race of swine against nations - I couldn't stay there too long.
Once the telepaths brake my driver's mirror and today, passing
By church, their hypnotists made me drive on the red - I almost
Hit a flow of the cars from the side. I stopped and moved back.
Russian tyranny is so ultimate, it is everywhere, even in USA,
At best painting red chicken eggs community of unbelievers.
They say, last days it will go in reverse. Jesus killed, 70 AD,
On Mary's eyes, refusing him and his Father be plagiarized.
I and my mother sentenced by Russia, I denied Russia be
Plagiarized - my mother killed, holly Mary, before my eyes.
Faith is more important than chicken eggs and "pop" Kirill.
Pledge to holly grave, or pray God, better than witch Agile.
They say 226 years left to end of time, seven generations,
Left for coarse be lifted after we repent, change our ways.
"Murdok" coming, 226 years. Were is the Faithfull's Faith?

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