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The Briefing: Another Putin Crony Takes A Fall

Has Putin kicked Ivanov off the island?

The apparent purge of Vladimir Putin's inner circle continues with the dismissal of longtime crony Sergei Ivanov as Kremlin chief of staff last week.

On the latest Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss the reasons for and fallout from Putin's dismissal of his longtime associate.

Joining me is Senior RFE/RL Editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss how more and more holes are appearing in Russia's claims that Ukraine tried to carry out terrorist attacks in occupied Crimea.


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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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