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Podcast: Five Years Of Living Dangerously

  • Brian Whitmore
From Bolotnaya to the little green men, it's been a wild half-decade.

From Bolotnaya to the little green men, it's been a wild half-decade.

In a special fifth anniversary program, The Power Vertical Podcast looks at the road from the Bolotnaya protests to hybrid war.

Bolotnaya, Aleksei Navalny, and Pussy Riot.

Sochi, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the Euromaidan.

Crimea, the Donbas, and little green men.

Information war, cyberattacks, hybrid war, Boris Nemtsov, and the Panama Papers.

Five years ago this week, The Power Vertical Podcast kicked off as a regular program and these are just a handful of the things we discussed.

It's been a wild ride this past half-decade. And today, we put the old band back together for a special anniversary show to have a look back -- and a look ahead.

Joining me is co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior policy fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; my original co-host Kirill Kobrin, editor of the Moscow-based history and sociology magazine Neprikosnovenny Zapas; and one of the Power Vertical Podcast's very first guests, Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies, author of Sean's Russia Blog and host of the SRB Podcast.


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

The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

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A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or