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Podcast: Crackdowns And Consequences

A demonstration in Novocherkassk in 1962
A demonstration in Novocherkassk in 1962
From a new law aimed at stifling demonstrations to a series of civil and criminal cases against opposition figures and whistle-blowers to the sacking of two influential media executives, the message is clear: the Kremlin has decided it is time to crack down on dissent.
But while President Vladimir Putin wants to turn the clock back, a significant part of society -- and much of the elite -- is not in the mood.
In the latest edition of the Power Vertical Podcast, I discussed the crackdown, civil society's response, and where all this might be going.
Also on the podcast, Kirill and I spoke with Sean Guillory, a historian and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh about what historical analogies from Russia's past teach us about today's situation.

Listen to or download the podcast below, or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.

Power Vertical Podcast: Crackdowns And Consequences
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by: George from: USA
June 09, 2012 18:34
Today there was a photo, taken during the 6 May protest rally.
It shows the OMOH smashing heads with their batons, ( women's heads).
Wish the Russian people were armed, and put a selective hit on some of the blue fatigued thugs and bullies.
It's why Russian authorities back what is happening in Syria, the cowards know they would be next.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
June 09, 2012 21:30
A nice picture you, guys, attached to this article: I see the people of Novotcherkassk carrying the portrait of Lenin! One can only agree with you that the current never-ending economic debacle of the global capitalist system will drive ever more people with this portrait on the streets in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Russia and many other countries.

by: PicoBee
June 10, 2012 07:28
Hello! I sincerely enjoy your podcasts & I have a question. I keep reading that many analysts are interpreting Putin's decision to not appear at the G8 Summit, the NATO Summit in Chicago and the Olympics in the UK as some sort of snub. However, is there any chance he has decided not to attend these events because they are out of his 'comfort zone'? He seems to like to appear at events at which his is in control of the messaging and at which he will appear to be in a position of strength. I provide this, for example: "Vladimir Putin presses EU on visas - video" In my view, Mr. Putin comes across as tentative, hesitant and doesn't speak with the confidence he does when he hosts his long annual Q&A session or in speeches in the Duma. In the video above, he is in the position of having to _ask Europe for_ visa-free travel between Russia & Europe. I get the sense that President Putin doesn't relish perhaps or isn't comfortable participating in events in which he might be exposed to questioning or criticism or have to engage in the to-and-fro of diplomatic dialogue. (I recall his response to some questioning by Italian reporters some time back.)

I just don't see President Putin's non-attendance at these meetings & events as some kind of snub, but as an expression of a degree of discomfort with certain situations.

Kind thanks,

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
June 10, 2012 13:14
I liked in better when you could download the podcast in mp3 format directly from the RFE site. Please consider re-adding.
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by: RFE/RL Editors
June 11, 2012 08:53
Thanks for noticing, it's been fixed and the download option has now been added.

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