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The Briefing: Judo And Geopolitics

Putin and Orban in February
Putin and Orban in February

Judo meets geopolitics this week as Vladimir Putin makes a rare visit to Europe.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look ahead to Vladimir Putin's trip to Budapest, where the Kremlin leader will attend the opening ceremonies of the World Judo Championships and meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Also on The Briefing, we look at a controversial effort in Chechnya to force divorced couples to reunite.

Joining me are RFE/RL's news editor, Steve Gutterman, and Glenn Kates, director of Current Time Digital, the digital media department of the Russian-language television network Current Time TV, run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA.


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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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