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The prospect of a Russia being banned from this year's Olympic games hits home as the consequences of a series of major doping scandals becomes apparent.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we discuss the fallout from Russia's track-and-field athletes being banned from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.


Power Vertical Briefing June 20
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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 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