The Power Vertical

The Briefing: Putin Vs. Putin

September 2, 2016

The emperor is at war with his inner godfather. The autocrat is battling his inner kleptocrat. The commissar is struggling with his inner crime kingpin. The most consequential political battle in Russia today is not another skirmish among the Kremlin clans; it’s not a showdown between the siloviki and the technocrats; and it’s not a […]

Warsaw: A Very Big Deal

July 9, 2016

So it’s a whole new NATO. Despite Brexit and despite lingering divisions over whether to confront or engage Russia, the transatlantic alliance took some big steps forward at a landmark summit this week in Warsaw. “We face a serious problem in a revanchist Kremlin and this summit has done an excellent job of addressing it,” […]

The Briefing: A Nation Of Suspects And Informants

June 27, 2016

On its last day of work, the outgoing State Duma passed one of its most draconian pieces of legislation to date: a controversial antiterrorism bill that effectively turns Russia into a nation of suspected criminals. On this week’s Power Vertical Briefing, I discuss the bill with Pavel Butorin, managing editor of RFE/RL’s Russian-language television program Current […]