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Saturday 29 April 2017


Podcast: The European Front

  • Brian Whitmore

Putin's lobby in Europe. Is it losing its mojo? (Cartoon by Yevhen Oliynyk, RFE/RL)

Is the Kremlin's political interference in Europe sparking a backlash? Listen to the new Power Vertical Podcast.

Suddenly, it looks like Russia is on a losing streak in Europe.

Suddenly, it looks like the populist wave that Moscow was cheering on may just be receding.

Suddenly, from Austria to the Netherlands to France, centrist pro-European forces appear back on their feet.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a look at Moscow's attempts to influence the French election and why they appear to have failed.

We'll also examine the broader backlash in Europe against Russian political interference.

Joining me is Cécile Vaissié, a professor of Russian and Soviet studies at the University of Rennes 2 and author of the book The Kremlin's Networks In France; and Marcel Van Herpen, director of the Cicero Foundation and author of the book Putin's Propaganda Machine: Soft Power And Russian Foreign Policy.

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The Daily Vertical: The 'Russophobia' Smear

  • Brian Whitmore

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.

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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