One side has the full weight of the Russian state at its disposal -- from politicized courts and law enforcement to broadcast media ready to smear its opponents.
The other has a charismatic leader with a devoted following of new media-savvy supporters who are in tune with the emerging zeitgeist and adept at seizing control of the narrative.
In many ways, anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny's struggle with the Kremlin has the hallmarks of a classic asymmetrical struggle.
In this week's edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I discussed Navalny's war with the Kremlin and its political implications with co-host and NYU professor Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia's security services and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."
Will the authorities succeed in silencing Navalny? Or will they only succeed in boosting his stature?
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