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The Briefing: A Tragedy, A Mystery, And A Congress

A memorial board with photos of the pilots and flight attendants who died in the Kogalymavia Airlines Airbus A321 crash

Russians are still wondering what caused the downing of a passenger jet in Egypt this past weekend, killing all 224 people on board.

On the latest Power Vertical Briefing, we take a look at some of the theories being floated in the Russian media. Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.

Also on The Briefing, Pavel and I discuss the upcoming Congress of Compatriots, a gathering of the Russian diaspora in Moscow on November 5-6. As the congress approaches, the term Russian World has again become popular among Kremlin officials.


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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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