From a new law aimed at stifling demonstrations to a series of civil and criminal cases against opposition figures and whistle-blowers to the sacking of two influential media executives, the message is clear: the Kremlin has decided it is time to crack down on dissent.
But while President Vladimir Putin wants to turn the clock back, a significant part of society -- and much of the elite -- is not in the mood.
In the latest edition of the Power Vertical Podcast, I discussed the crackdown, civil society's response, and where all this might be going.
Also on the podcast, Kirill and I spoke with Sean Guillory
, a historian and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies
at the University of Pittsburgh about what historical analogies from Russia's past teach us about today's situation.
Listen to or download the podcast below, or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.