The Investigative Committee drops piracy charges against Greenpeace activists. Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonikova gets transferred to a new prison following a hunger strike. Aleksei Navalny's sentence gets suspended. Top officials float an amnesty for defendants in the Bolotnaya case.
Is the Kremlin softening its crackdown? Or is it just changing its tactics?
In this week's Power Vertical Podcast, I discuss this issue with co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."
Also on the podcast, Mark and I discuss this week's suicide bombing in Volgograd and its implications as the Winter Olympics in Sochi approach.
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