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The Briefing: Putin's Pit Bull

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is at it again.

Is Ramzan Kadyrov going rogue? Or is he launching a Kremlin trial balloon by calling for opposition figures to be tried as traitors and enemies of the people?

On the new Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss this issue with Pavel Butorin, editor in chief of RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.

Also on the Briefing, Pavel and I discuss Russia's deepening economic crisis and the impact the lifting of sanctions on Iran will have.


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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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