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The confrontational tone for Vladimir Putin's third term in the Kremlin was set on the eve of his inauguration when police clashed with protesters on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square.

A year after those protests, some 28 people are facing charges of inciting mass unrest, and in some cases, of being involved in dark coup plots hatched by foreign governments.

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discuss the Bolotnaya case one year on with co-hosts Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service, Mark Galeotti of New York University, and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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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