Interested in analysis of emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, high-stakes power struggles, machinations and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy?
The Power Vertical is just the podcast for you. For the past few months Brian Whitmore of the The Power Vertical and co-host Kirill Kobrin, the managing editor of RFE/RL’s Russian Service have been discussing topics ranging from Putin’s role models to Russia’s avant-garde community.
Check out this page every Friday and follow The Power Vertical on Twitter (@PowerVertical) and Facebook to submit ideas, questions or follow updates. Now, take a look at some of the latest highlights from The Power Vertical. 1. Brezhnev? Tsar Nicolas I? How do these historical figures help us understand Putin and his governing style? Listen to the podcast here. 2. Art and politics. Creativity and dissent. The avant-garde vs. the ruling elite. How are groups such as feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot or anarchist art collective Voina challenging the authorities with their creative ways? Listen to the podcast here.3. If you get your news from it in Russia, as most there do, chances are you are being spoon-fed a steady diet of slickly produced state-sanctioned spin. Whitmore and Kobrin discuss the politics of Russia’s media landscape. Also tune in to find out what they think of the 28-year-old blogger with a wild afro who wants to become mayor of Russia’s seventh-largest city? Listen to the podcast here. 4. Friends? Foes? Partners? Rivals? How do Russians and Americans view each other and what does it mean for the future of relations between Moscow and Washington? Also tune in as Brian Whitmore and Kirill Kobrin discuss a new law outlawing so-called “gay propaganda.”Listen to the podcast here.