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Podcast: Regional Elections Kick Off Political Season


Members of the pro-Kremlin youth groups take part in a rally in Moscow's Pushkin Square on March 11 to mark the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

Members of the pro-Kremlin youth groups take part in a rally in Moscow's Pushkin Square on March 11 to mark the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

Were the March 13 regional elections a victory or an embarrassment for the ruling United Russia party?

In the second edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I spoke with Kiril Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, and Gregory Feifer, a senior correspondent at RFE/RL and author of the book "The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan."

We discussed the results of the March 13 vote, which kicked off the upcoming political season, and debated what they portend for upcoming State Duma and presidential elections.

Enjoy.

Listen to or download the latest episode of the podcast below or subscribe to "The Power Vertical Podcast" on iTunes.


Power Vertical Podcast, No. 2

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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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