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The Briefing: Savchenko On The Brink

A banner with a portrait of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko is reflected in a restaurant window in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko reportedly slips into critical condition. And Ukraine prepares to sentence two Russian soldiers to long prison terms.

Is a long-awaited prisoner exchange finally on the horizon?

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

Also on The Briefing, Pavel and I discuss new proposals from Investigative Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin on combating extremism and what he calls the West's "hybrid war" against Russia.


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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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