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Podcast: The Berezovsky Syndrome

If Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) didn't have oligarch Boris Berezovsky (left), he would have had to invent him.
The saga of Boris Berezovsky has many lessons: that when the tectonic plates of Russian politics shift, change can be rapid and unforgiving; that the fall from the pinnacle of power can be extremely fast and perilously steep; that today's protege can become tomorrow's mortal adversary.

And many of the elements of the system Berezovsky lorded over in the 1990s -- the Byzantine clan battles, the intrigue and subterfuge, and the primacy of informal networks -- are still prevalent.

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discussed Berezovsky's legacy with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and NYU professor Mark Galeotti, author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."


Power Vertical Podcast: The Berezovsky Syndrome
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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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