Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 52

It is probably fair to say that Vladimir Putin has had a pretty bad week.

He failed to bully Belarusian strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka into accepting Russia’s terms for a union state at a summit in Sochi. And he failed to bully Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy into accepting Moscow’s terms for ending the war in the Donbas.

The World Anti-Doping Agency banned Russia from international sports for four years. And European Union foreign ministers agreed to seek legislation establishing an EU Magnitsky Act, which would sanction officials involved in human rights violations.

Listen to Episode 52 of the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore and Donald N. Jensen consider if the Kremlin leader is losing his touch.

Audio Clip: “Joint news conference following a Normandy format summit” via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Photo: “Vladimir Putin answered Russian journalists’ questions following the BRICS summit” via 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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December 13, 2019

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.