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The Briefing: One-Party Rule And A New KGB

Democracy in action?
Democracy in action?

According to preliminary reports, the ruling United Russia party won a record number of seats in the new State Duma. And they did so amid record low turnout.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss the results of the weekend elections and what they portend with RFE/RL senior editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss reports that the Kremlin plans to form a new Ministry of State Security that would look disturbingly similar to the old Soviet KGB.


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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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