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Podcast: Weird Scenes On The Campaign Trail


"Everybody get out and vote!" (cartoon by Sergei Elkin, RFE/RL)

One opposition candidate for Russia's presidency hits the campaign trail -- in Washington.

Another talks about taking a job as a Kremlin adviser -- after the election.

Yet another travels to London where he says he negotiated a deal to bring exiled Russian businessmen -- and their money -- back home.

And one noncandidate who is very much a presence in the campaign releases a salacious video featuring an oligarch, a top official, a yacht -- and an "escort worker" who calls herself "Nastya Rybka.".

Welcome to the odd and peculiar world of Russia's so-called presidential election, which officially kicked off this week.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a look at some of the weird scenes on the campaign trail, and what they signify.

Joining me is veteran journalist and Kremlin-watcher Kiryl Sukhotski, executive editor for Current Time TV, the Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA.

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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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