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The Briefing: Repression Then And Now

A plaque commemorating a victim of Stalin-era repression. (file photo)

A monument to the victims of Soviet repression is unveiled in Moscow -- but Soviet-era dissidents and political prisoners are claiming hypocrisy.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at the controversy surrounding the Wall of Sorrow and Vladimir Putin's plans to attend its opening.

Joining me is RFE/RL's News Editor Steve Gutterman.

Also on The Briefing, Steve and I discuss Moscow's mixed message -- and actions -- regarding Catalonia's independence bid.


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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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