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The Briefing: War, Terrorism, And Doping

Syrians hold portraits of Vladimir Putin and Russian flags at pro-Moscow rally.

How will fresh fears of terrorism affect Vladimir Putin's resolve in Syria? And how will Moscow react to a report on doping that is expected to be highly critical of Russia?

On this week's Power Vertical Briefing, we look at how Putin's campaign in Syria will be affected by the growing consensus that a bomb caused the October 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt.

Also on The Briefing, we discuss an upcoming report on doping in international athletics that is expected to again put the spotlight on sports corruption in Russia.

Joining me is RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman.


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EDITOR'S 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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