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?
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.
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.