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The Briefing: The War On The Media

Prokhorov and RBK are in the Kremlin's crosshairs. (Cartoon by RFE/RL's Sergei Elkin)

One of the last independent media voices comes under pressure. And Russia gets a new human rights commissioner with a rather creative view on human rights.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at the apparent assault on RBK, one of the last independent media outlets in Russia, owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

Also on The Briefing, we discuss Russia's new human rights commissioner, Tatyana Moskalkova.

Joining me are RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman and Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL's English-language television program Current Time.


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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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