Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 59

A struggle for position and influence in the shadows as a new political order takes place.

For the past month we have been witnessing the formal debate and passage of constitutional amendments that will facilitate Vladimir Putin’s continued rule under new institutional arrangements.

But as is so often the case in Russia, all this kabuki theater has been something of a Potemkin facade masking the real and hidden battles.

The Kremlin’s court politics are heating up and the stakes are high.

Listen as CEPA’s Maria Snegovaya and Donald N. Jensen join Brian Whitmore on the latest Power Vertical Podcast to take a peek behind the curtain.

Intro Audio Clip: “Message from the President to the Federal Assembly” via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Photo: “Meeting with a working group to prepare proposals for amending the Constitution” by the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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February 14, 2020

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.