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Podcast: Putin And Bolotnaya, One Year Later

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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.

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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 04, 2013 07:26
:-)) Putin, Putin, who was this guy?? Ah, it was the one who suffered a humiliating defeat in the presidential election a year and a half ago and was replaced by such eternal winner as Senator McCain who - after having skillfully defeated the Vietnamese Communists - now became the Emperor of Russia :-))!
You, guys, could also ask Sean Guillory why it is that US military pilots are so inept and cannot even land in Kyrgyzstan without crashing their airplane and killing themselves - is it maybe because they are representatives of a biologically inferior specie of primitive Beavuses :-))??
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by: oliver from: london
May 05, 2013 08:50
no, you are wrong, they could not land because of lack of especific training, and also the US economy defaulting cause its airplanes to mal function, rding the biological species, it is an advanced biological race tht can adapt in many eviroments.

and rega
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 05, 2013 16:40
:-))) Good point, Oliver :-))

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
May 04, 2013 15:56
Thanks for the informative podcast; lots of interesting insights. From my distant vantage point, it appears that some form of virulent nationalism will fill the ideological vacuum and help to unite the various elements of Russia’s polarized society. The specter of foreign plots is alive and well (and not just among the proles in the hinterlands), and Putin (and some of the elite) may increasingly believe their own anti-western rhetoric. This perverse paranoia has its own logic and could ultimately lead to future conflict. For those who want a taste of this sickness (and can read Russian) see some of the material (particularly the writings of E. Fyodorov) at the National Liberation Front website.
http://www.xn--80abcjv2aebdtdja6qf.su/


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