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Podcast: One Year After Pussy Riot, Culture War Vs. Countercultural Insurgency


Pussy Riot's brief act of defiance last year helped lift the lid on some deep divisions within Russian society.

Pussy Riot's brief act of defiance last year helped lift the lid on some deep divisions within Russian society.

A year ago, much of the world's eyes were on a Moscow courtroom where three young women were on trial for a two-minute act of defiance in the Russian capital's main Orthodox cathedral.

The Pussy Riot case exposed deep divisions in Russian society -- divisions the Kremlin was eager to exploit for its own purposes.

In the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss the implications of the cultural war and countercultural insurgency that has raged since the verdict.

Joining me is co-host Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service, a contributor to the online magazine Polit.ru, and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, author of Sean's Russia Blog.

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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