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The Morning Vertical, October 6, 2016

October 6, 2016

ON MY MIND When you step back and look at it, Russia’s behavior over the past month has defied logic. In early September, Moscow secured a cease-fire in Syria that was clearly in its interests. And it was making progress toward getting Europe to ease sanctions. But Moscow chose to violate the Syrian cease-fire with […]

The Daily Vertical: What Putin Wants

October 5, 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 Morning Vertical, October 5, 2016

ON MY MIND When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December 1979, it looked at the time like Moscow was on the march and the West was on its heels. We all know how that movie ended. This is worth bearing in mind as the cease-fire in Syria crumbles and it looks like Russia is […]

The Morning Vertical, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016

Your daily roundup. ON MY MIND One has to wonder why Russia decided to so flagrantly violate a ceasefire in Syria when the terms of the truce were so clearly in Moscow’s interests. Is Vladimir Putin’s regime simply intent on humiliating and taunting the West? With the recent all-out assault on Aleppo, which resulted in […]

The Daily Vertical: From Trolling To Espionage

September 23, 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 Morning Vertical, September 23, 2016

ON MY MIND The sword and shield of the regime are coming back, or so it seems. But what does the potential return of the KGB, in the form of a new Ministry of State Security mean in practice? Why is Vladimir Putin apparently abandoning his longstanding policy of playing Russia’s security services off against […]

The Ministry Of Putin Preservation

September 22, 2016

Aone-party state, an aging leader in the Kremlin, and a new KGB? Hmmm. It seems we’ve seen this movie before. Russians woke up on September 19 to news that the ruling United Russia party controlled more than three-quarters of the seats in the new State Duma, in an election marred by record-low turnout and widespread […]

The Daily Vertical: An Unrecognizable Duma?

September 21, 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 Morning Vertical, September 21, 2016

ON MY MIND If the Kremlin is really planning to establish a new Ministry of State Security, one big question looms: Who is going to head it? Whom will Vladimir Putin trust to lead such a powerful new structure that is essentially a recreation of the old Soviet KGB? In fact, it could be even stronger […]