Brian Whitmore is a Senior Russia Analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He is the author of The Power Vertical Blog and The Power Vertical Podcast, both of which focus on Russian affairs.
Prior to joining RFE/RL in 2007, Brian worked for eight years for the Boston Globe, first in the Globe's Moscow bureau and later as Central and Eastern European correspondent based in Prague. Before this he was a political correspondent and columnist for The Moscow Times and its sister publication The St. Petersburg Times.
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Brian has a Bachelor's Degree in Politics from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia and an MA in Political Science from Villanova University. He has worked as a graduate lecturer in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina, and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculties of Odessa State University (now Mechnikov National University) in Ukraine and St. Petersburg State University in Russia
Brian's work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and elsewhere. He has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, the BBC World Service, NPR and elsewhere.