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Podcast: 'EuroMaidan' And The Russian Street

From Bolotnaya Square to the "EuroMaydan" -- and back?
From Bolotnaya Square to the "EuroMaydan" -- and back?
As Ukrainians take to the streets in numbers not seen since the Orange Revolution, the Russian opposition is looking on in awe -- and also with more than a bit of trepidation.

Coming almost exactly two years after mass protests rocked Moscow, some see Ukraine's "EuroMaydan" uprising as a lesson, an inspiration, and a precedent for Russia.

But with Russian President Vladimir Putin saying the events in Kyiv resemble "a pogrom," others fear the Kyiv uprising could lead to the Kremlin tighten the screws in order to prevent any contagion.

In the new "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss the Ukrainian uprising and its ramifications in Russia. Joining me are Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine "NZ," Mark Galeotti, a professor at NYU and an expert on Russia's security services, and Nina Khrushcheva, a professor of international affairs at the New School and director of the Russian program at the World Policy Institute.


Power Vertical Podcast -- December 6, 2013
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Tags: Russian opposition, Power Vertical podcast, EuroMaydan

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 06, 2013 22:26
I have just read on the Internet that Russia and Ukraine are planning to sign a Strategic Partnership Agreement on December 17th, 2013. The Agreement will apparetnly reduce the price of gas that Ukraine is paying now by some 40 % and will also inculde steps aimed at bringing Ukraine into the Customs Union, composed by Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Should this turn out to be true, this will be one more "victory" for the Germans and the Beavuses after they have successfully extradited Snowden to the US and removed Bashar from the Syrian presidency in July and September of this year respectively :-)).

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 07, 2013 09:32
Aha, today (Sat) some mass media outlets are reporting on some details of the meeting between Yanouk. and Putin yesterday in Sotschi. According to one of the reporters working for the Economist, Younouk. agreed that Ukraine would join the Russian-led Customs Union in exchange for US $ 15 bn in economic assistance and for the reduction of natural gas price for Ukraine to US $ 200 / 1000 m2. The deal should officially be signed on December 17th, 2013 in Moscow.
So, should all - or even just a part - of this info turn out to be true, this will be one more humiliating defeat for the foreign policies of the US and Germany, after those they suffered in Afghanistan, Irak, in Syria or in the case of failing to force anyone into extraditing Edward Snowden to the US :-)).
In Response

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 08, 2013 03:13
Steal gloating and counting defeat of US and Germany?
You rather have to gloat about victories of your Russia.
Accepting independence of 1936 Constitution, bigamy,
Forced on Common Wealth by ruling Viking's-Prussia.
Secretly marrying Nazi Germany, bloody WW2 kasha,
Used destroy-repopulate non-Russian land by Russia,
Is policy of victory of treachery since invading "Viking"
Genocide Eastern Europe and Russia, lied to Mongols
Exterminate Georgia and Caucasus, by Million armies.
It continues through WW1 and WW2, annexing USSR,
Trying resurrect Empire till 1980th, destroy in advance
CIS restoration - turn Russia's population serfs of Czar,
Repopulate non-Russian land and property by a dance
Of Viking-Prussian part-Neanderthal - Georgia go first.
The ultimate intend to kill one third, send death camps
And exiles another third be hard labor Russian slaves,
Die out for Russia, and last third - intelligent, talented
And educated, gas low dose nerve gas Cheremushka
And lobotomy in "Anaverde" and "Trblinkas" - located
Near their old capitals and Cities - for glory of Russia.
Russia victoriously provoking USA and Germany fall!
As they brought Hitler to power, provoked "Cold war",
Got Stalin under house arrest - to invade East Europe,
Overturn East Europe governments. Russia still dope,
Since Monarchists-Bolsheviks gave US ideology hole:
"Marks said grows of productivity will make US so rich,
Social justice will emerge peacefully - we cannot allow.
It would prevent us, Russian, German and British bitch,
With reds-grays behind repopulate Heavens and Earth.
We fire and starve them to death!", started Depression.
They control USA and Europe, making USA Bombastic,
Inspire EU be another German-ran United States Reigh,
Bleed economy and energy of the West and US armies,
Provoking it using Russian proxies in USA and Europes,
This time EU demand - total absorbtion of new members.
Gloat victory Eugenio for Russian "podleth I negodfyay"!
EU is pushing back Ukraine - to deadly embrace of pigs,
Or with East Europe to a deadly absorb of Hiler-funkels.
Gloat victory Eugenio for Russian "podletc I negodyay"!
You effectively silenced the truth, murdering my mother!

In Response

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 08, 2013 22:03
Dear Konst., I am sure that you were glad to see this fallen angel - the former President Mischa - come to Kiev in order to help organize yet another "revolution".
So, at the end of the day, the guys like him or Julia have been pretty good at organizing "revolutions", but when it comes to actually governing, they come close to the Lybian "revolutionaries" in terms of efficiency: most of their term "in power" they spend fighting with their former allies and with Putin, then get kicked out of power by disenchanted populations and either end up in prison (like Julia) or go into the "revolution export business" (like Mischa).
If one thinks that today (Sunday) those guys managed to bring out to the streets of Kiev up to 500.000 people who genuinely desire the return of the turbulent years when Julia and her ex-"friend" Yushchenko have been fighting with each other, one really has to admit that what Ukraine needs is urgent assistance in the field of clinical psychiatry :-)).

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
December 08, 2013 18:45
Nice broadcast and enjoyed your comments. Most of my Russian colleagues (living in and around Moscow) remain satisfied with the status quo and don’t see any political disturbances on the horizon. Much of this is due to the overall improvement in living standards, but some is also due to effective, precise targeting. The Kremlin only needs to make an example out of a few who dare to make waves for the message to get across.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 08, 2013 22:59
It is not bad that Russia improving living standards.
The question is - for whom? Putin-Miller, Varaga-Prussia?
Certainly not for impoverished by their invaders and bastards,
Accompanying Russian armies and settlers, CIS countries
And forced by Russia into Russia millions of slaves.
Improving is superficial - they arm to expand.
I might agree that relative stability necessary
For one of two power, usurping CIS H-bomb.
Not for expense of die-out at their fit, of flee
Non-Russians for Russia's breeding spree,
World maintains peace and the "stability".

by: Wilf Tarquin from: Rockall
December 09, 2013 06:36
I don't expect much of an effect in Russia, the media is tightly controlled and so will the reports the Russian people get be.

What I wonder about is the reaction from the EU, or to be more precise that there doesn't seem to have been one. I understand that Germany, France and Italy are completely dependent on Russian oil and gas deliveries, and that Russia uses its oil and gas as strategic weapons, cutting off deliveries or changing prices at the drop of a hat, but surely the EU should be able to produce SOME sort of reaction?

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
December 13, 2013 12:55
The problem is that people want to eat(Mr. Whitmore including) and since so many people, then feed them is not possible.
But one can promise people, that soon will come "good uncle" and feed all people...
But we know that it is an illusion and lie...Thus the near future is a riot, riot, riot ..

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