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The Briefing: Unpacking Putin's Syria Pivot

Putin the peacemaker?
Putin the peacemaker?

Russia shifts gears on Syria. And Serbia's prime minister heads to Moscow.

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we try to unpack Russia's recent moves seeking a diplomatic solution in Syria and take a look at what to expect from Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's visit to Moscow this week.

Joining me is Pavel Butorin, senior producer for RFE/RL's Russian-language television program Current Time.


Power Vertical Briefing Oct. 26 2015
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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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