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Podcast: Russia's New Politics

Political and social activist Aleksei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow on December 5.
Political and social activist Aleksei Navalny speaks during an opposition protest in central Moscow on December 5.
Sunday's legislative elections in Russia appear to have crystallized mounting discontent with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's rule. Moscow this week witnessed its largest demonstrations in a decade. The Kremlin, meanwhile, appears increasingly out of touch with a rapidly changing society.

In the latest edition of The Power Vertical podcast, I speak with Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, about the new political reality that appears to be emerging.

In a wide-ranging conversation, we discussed Russia's newly assertive civil society, its increasingly divided elite, the prominent role the Internet and social media are now playing in opposition politics, and the rise of anticorruption crusader Aleksei Navalny.
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Tags: Vladimir Putin,United Russia,Aleksei Navalny,podcast,2011 State Duma elections,2012 presidential election,Russian opposition

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by: Ben
December 15, 2011 16:10
Arabs` lessons as handreds of others are rejected.Liberals are against Putin and his leaving is the main goal. Polls that show communists and nationalists as UR competitors are not interested to the liberals: they want just the fight.

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