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The Briefing: Kadyrov's Power Play

Kadyroputin (Cartoon by Oleksiy Kustovskiy, RFE/RL)

Almost no one believes that the offer Ramzan Kadyrov made this weekend to step down is on the level.

So what is the wily Chechen leader up to?

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we unpack Kadyrov's announcement. Joining me are RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman and Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.

Also on The Briefing, Steve, Pavel, and I look at the cease-fire in Syria and all the allusions to an alleged "Plan B."


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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


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