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Podcast: From October 1993 To 'Managed Democracy'


Russia's post-Soviet "democrat" sets the precedent for its post-Soviet autocrat.

Russia's post-Soviet "democrat" sets the precedent for its post-Soviet autocrat.

It lasted less than two weeks. It ended with the worst street violence Moscow had seen since 1917. And it set a series of political precedents that endure to this day.

Twenty years ago this week, Russian President Boris Yeltsin ordered the army to shell and storm the country's parliament, the Supreme Soviet, bringing a violent end to his bitter conflict with the country's legislature.

At the time, many liberals cheered, arguing that with the retrograde hard-line parliament vanquished, Russia could finally get on with the task of building a functioning democracy.

Instead, in the end, they got the opposite. Were the events of the fall of 1993 post-Soviet Russia's original sin? Were the seeds of today's authoritarian power vertical planted two decades ago?

In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss the legacy of this consequential conflict that erupted two decades ago.

Joining me are co-hosts Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "Neprikosnovennie Zapas" and New York University professor Mark Galeotti, an expert on Russia's security services and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows." We are also joined by special guest Nina Khrushcheva, a professor of International Affairs at the New School and director of the Russian Program at the World Policy Institute, whose latest book, "The Lost Khrushchev: A Family Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind.” will be published next spring.

Enjoy...

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or

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