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The Briefing: Putin Closes The Safety Valve

One of Russia's last remaining independent media outlets is the Kremlin's latest target.

One of Russia's last remaining independent media voices, RBC (RBK in Russian) appears to be going down. And the State Duma debates a law that would restrict one of Russians' most cherished rights -- the right to travel abroad.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we discuss the Kremlin's move away from the sophisticated soft authoritarianism of Putin's first two terms to a cruder and harsher form of rule.

Joining me is Senior RFE/RL Editor Steve Gutterman.


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