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Briefing: Oil Games And A Feast Day

Oil and religion are in the news this week.
Oil and religion are in the news this week.

OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri visits Moscow amid falling oil prices. And Orthodox Christians mark a millennium since the death of Prince Vladimir.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we preview Badri's July 30 trip to Moscow. Russia has been lobbying OPEC to cut production in order to boost prices, but until now, OPEC -- and Saudi Arabia in particular -- have been reluctant to do so.

Also on the Briefing, we look at how Moscow and Kyiv will honor Prince Vladimir, the ruler who brought Christianity to Kievan Rus, on his feast day, July 28.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program, Current Time.


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