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The recent wave of corruption cases in Russia has been dizzying. From the Defense, Regional Development, and Agriculture ministries to the Global Satellite Navigation System, to the Chelyabinsk regional Health Ministry.

There have been raids and arrests and resignations and firings. It's been dizzying -- and difficult even for Kremlinology junkies to keep up with.

The state-controlled media is calling it a campaign against corruption. But in Russia, nothing is ever that simple.

So what's really going on?

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I discuss this issue with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and NYU professor Mark Galeotti, author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."


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

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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