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Podcast: A Midsummer Night's Crackdown

(cartoon by Sergei Elkin)

It has sent a chill through Russia's artistic community. It's caused widespread outrage and dismay. It's sparked fears that a new round of repression could be on the way.

With the arrest this week of Kirill Serebrennikov, one of Russia's most prominent living film and theater directors, the Kremlin seems to have crossed a frightening line.

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a look at the Serebrennikov case and what it signifies.

Joining me will be my co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, head of its Center for European Security, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova, an editor at OpenDemocracy-Russia.

Also on the podcast, Mark, Natalia, and I will look at all the speculation that has been appearing in the Russian media about life after Vladimir Putin.


Power Vertical Podcast: A Midsummer Night's Crackdown
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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


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