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The hand of Moscow stirs the pot in the Balkans

Rising tensions in Kosovo. Separatism in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Resurgent nationalism in Serbia. And an attempted coup in Montenegro.

No, the 1990s aren't calling and asking for their headlines back. And no, this isn't a flashback.

The volatile Balkans are again turning into a trouble spot. And this time around, the hand of Moscow is busy stirring the pot.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a look at escalating unrest in the Balkans and Russia's role in it.

Joining me are co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and Arbana Vidishiqi, director of RFE/RL's Balkan Service.

Also on the podcast, we discuss rising tensions in Russia's criminal underworld and this week's reports of espionage cases against FSB officials.


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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


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