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.
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.