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The week began with a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. And it ended with U.S. missile strikes against Syria that were condemned by Russia. And in between, a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria shocked the world.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we'll try to sort this all out and look ahead to what happens next.

Will Vladimir Putin's regime be able to use this week's bombing in the St. Petersburg Metro to shift attention away from growing anger about official corruption?

And will the Kremlin be able to use the attack to restore relations with the West and forge an international coalition against terrorism? Or will this be negated by growing tension between Russia and the West over Syria?

Joining me on the podcast will be co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and veteran Kremlin-watcher Donald Jensen, a former State Department official, a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations in the Nitze School of International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis.

Enjoy...

Listen to or download the podcast above or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.

NOTE TO POWER VERTICALISTAS: All Power Vertical products will take a hiatus from April 10-12, as I will be in Tbilisi for a speaking engagement. The regular schedule will resume on April 13. Also, due to the Easter holiday, the Power Vertical Podcast, Briefing, Daily Vertical, and Morning Vertical will not appear on Friday April 14 and Monday April 17.

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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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