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Tango noir? Vladimir Putin (center) and his European pals (clockwise from upper left): Marine Le Pen, Viktor Orban, Norbert Hofer, and Matteo Salvini.

What's really behind the Kremlin's dark dance with Europe's extremists and xenophobes? Listen to the new Power Vertical Podcast.

From Marine Le Pen in France to Norbert Hofer in Austria; from the Lega Nord in Italy to the AfD in Germany; it's no secret that Vladimir Putin's Russia has been aiding, abetting, and in some cases financing far-right parties and movements in the West.

But what is behind the Kremlin's dark dance with Europe's extremists and xenophobes? What's in it for each side? And where is it leading?

A recently published book looks deep into the Kremlin's ties with Europe's fringe.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, co-host Mark Galeotti and I will be joined by Anton Shekhovtsov, author of the important and highly anticipated new book Russia And The Western Far Right: Tango Noir.

Also on the podcast, Mark, Anton, and I will take a look at the rise in Orthodox Christian extremism in Russia and the emergence of a group ominously calling itself "Christian State."

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

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

NOTE TO POWER VERTICAL READERS, VIEWERS, AND LISTENERS: I will be traveling to Washington, Vilnius, and Riga from September 17-October 1. As a result, no Power Vertical products will appear between September 18 and September 29. The regular Power Vertical schedule will resume on October 2.​

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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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