Saturday, December 20, 2014


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Podcast: Russia's Autumn Frost

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov speaks to reporters after being interrogated by the Investigative Committee on October 17.
Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov speaks to reporters after being interrogated by the Investigative Committee on October 17.
What to make of the criminal case against Sergei Udaltsov? Is it a harbinger of a broader crackdown against the opposition? A tactical move to neutralize the leftist leader as the Kremlin prepares to enact painful reforms of the social welfare system?  
 
Tune in to the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," where I discuss these issues with my regular co-host, Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service.
 
Also on the podcast, Kirill and I take a look at President Vladimir Putin's increasingly strained relations with the family of a onetime political patron.

 Enjoy...

Power Vertical Podcast: Russia's Big Chill
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Tags: Vladimir Putin,Russian opposition,Ksenia Sobchak,Anatoly Sobchak,Sergei Udaltsov,Lyudmila Narusova

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