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The Briefing: A Summit In Sochi


Putin and Lukashenka met in the Kremlin on June 30. What will the optics be like in Sochi?

The leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) meet this week in Sochi as latent tension between Russia and Belarus lingers in the aftermath of the Zapad military exercises.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead to what to expect at the CIS summit.

Joining me is RFE/RL's News Editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss why Vladimir Putin has sacked so many governors lately.

Enjoy...

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 on Mondays.

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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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