The Briefing: The Magician’s Successor And The Savchenko Endgame

A surprising name is floated to head Russia’s electoral commission. The Kremlin cuts defense spending by the largest amount in over a decade. And Russia and Ukraine brace for the conclusion of the trial of Nadia Savchenko. On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, we look at three developing stories: human rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova’s potential […]

The Daily Vertical: A Special Class Of International Rogue

March 2, 2016

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.

The Daily Vertical: Putin Vs Frankenstein

February 29, 2016

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.

The Briefing: Kadyrov’s Power Play

Almost no one believes that the offer Ramzan Kadyrov made this weekend to step down is on the level. So what is the wily Chechen leader up to? On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, we unpack Kadyrov’s announcement. Joining me are RFE/RL Senior Editor Steve Gutterman and Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL’s Russian-language television program Current Time. Also […]