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Podcast: All The Rage

Ethnic riots with a political subtext. Nationalists attack a market in Biryulyovo; Opposition leader Aleksei Navalny returns to Moscow after his day in court.
Last weekend's nationalist riots in Moscow's Biryulyovo district followed a familiar script. A similar scenario played out in the southern Russian town of Pugachyov this past summer, in downtown Moscow in December 2010, and in the northwestern city of Kondopoga back in 2006.

What's driving this ethnic rage that periodically becomes manifest in Russia? What are its political implications? And how far will it go?

Joining me on this week's Power Vertical Podcast are David Satter, a veteran Kremlin watcher and fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies.

Also on the podcast we discuss opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's response to the Biryulyovo violence and his political future in the wake of this week's appeals court ruling.


Power Vertical Podcast -- October 18, 2013
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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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