The Tao Of Ramzan

February 4, 2016

The Power Vertical is a column and podcast by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore. He’s like a cartoon villain, except that he’s real. He can be pretty amusing, except when he’s terrifying. He’s a bit of a clown and more than a bit childish, but he’s also one of the most powerful men in Russia. It’s pretty […]

Virtual Stalinism

February 2, 2016

The Power Vertical is a column and podcast by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore, syndicated here with permission. Russian officials seem to have developed an execution fetish of late. One example, of course, is the disturbing video Ramzan Kadyrov posted on Instagram showing opposition figures Mikhail Kasyanov and Vladimir Kara-Murza in the crosshairs of a sniper’s rifle. Another is […]

The Briefing: The Ukraine Deadlock

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. As Western powers push for a final settlement to the conflict in Donbas, Ukrainian President Petro […]

The World According To Moscow

January 29, 2016

The Power Vertical is hosted by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore and is syndicated by The Interpreter. The international community should thank Russia for forcefully seizing Crimea. The United States seeks the dismemberment of Russia so it can take over its natural resources. And European leaders take their orders from Washington. These are just a few of […]

Why Putin Is Afraid Of Lenin

January 26, 2016

The Power Vertical is a column and podcast by RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore. The first colored revolution was neither rose nor orange — it was red. It didn’t originate in Tbilisi or in Kyiv and it wasn’t planned in Washington or Brussels. In fact, it started in Vladimir Putin’s own hometown. Nearly a century ago, Russia […]