How Boris Nemtsov Was Murdered: Novaya Gazeta’s Investigation

February 27, 2016

A number of different scenarios for how opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was assassinated on February 27, 2015 have been published in both the independent and pro-Kremlin Russian media this past year, notably by RosBalt, Novaya Gazeta, Moskovsky Komsomolets and REN-TV. The heads of the Investigative Committee, Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry were tasked by […]

The Briefing: Yakunin’s Fall From Grace

February 8, 2016

NOTE: The Power Vertical Briefing is RFE/RL’s short look ahead to the stories expected to make news in Russia in the coming week. It is hosted by Brian Whitmore, author of the Power Vertical blog, and appears every Monday. Reports have surfaced that Vladimir Yakunin, a longtime crony of Vladimir Putin, is being investigated by […]

The Power Vertical Podcast: The Importance Of Being Ramzan

February 5, 2016

The Power Vertical is a podcast and column by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore. It’s pretty much impossible to ignore Ramzan Kadyrov — and he knows it. And he’s not going anywhere. Whether Kadyrov is Vladimir Putin’s loose cannon or his loaded pistol, the rambunctious Chechen leader has become an indispensable part of Russia’s political system — regardless […]