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The Briefing: A Conflict, A Protest, And A Speech

Russians burn a Turkish flag during a rally in front of Turkish Embassy in Moscow on November 25.

The conflict between Moscow and Ankara escalates in the wake of the downing of a Russian fighter jet. Truckers protesting a new road tax descend on Moscow. And Vladimir Putin prepares for his annual state-of-the-nation speech.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we take a look ahead at the stories we expect to make news this week.

Joining me is Senior RFE/RL Editor Steve Gutterman.


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EDITOR'S NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is a short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of The Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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