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Hacking and leaking. Front groups and cutouts. Fellow travelers and useful idiots. Counterfeiting and forgeries. Intimidation and assassinations. Troll farms and dramaturgy. Fake news, slick disinformation, and crude propaganda.

Active measures -- активные мероприятия -- have been part of the Kremlin's foreign policy tool kit for decades, if not centuries.

And they've been at the forefront of our attention in recent years.

But how does Vladimir Putin's regime control all this chaos? How does the Kremlin manage its political war with the West?

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we'll take an in-depth look and discuss a new report on the subject.

Joining me is my co-host, Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, head of its Center for European Security, and author of a recently published report for the European Council on Foreign Relations, Controlling Chaos: How Russia Manages Its Political War In Europe; and Andrei Soldatov, co-founder of the investigative website Agentura.ru and co-author of the book Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators And The New Online Revolutionaries, which has just been reissued with a new chapter covering Russia's hacking campaign against the West, which we'll also discuss on the podcast.

Enjoy...

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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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