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Podcast: The Most Powerful Person In The World?

Power man? Putin flexes his muscles.
Power man? Putin flexes his muscles.
Is Vladimir Putin the most powerful person in the world? "Forbes" thinks so.

This week, the magazine put him atop its list of The Most Powerful People in the World for 2013.

"Putin has solidified his control over Russia and anyone watching the chess match over Syria has a clear idea of the shift in power towards Putin on the global stage," the magazine opined.

But the accolade comes at a time when many Kremlin-watchers see the Russian president's clout fading at home.

In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we assess Putin-power. Is it waxing or waning?

Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia’s security services, and author of the blog “In Moscow’s Shadows.” and guest David Satter, a longtime Moscow correspondent, a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and author of numerous books on Russia, including most recently, "It Was A Long Time Ago And It Never Happened Anyway."


Power Vertical Podcast -- Nov. 1, 2013
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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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