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Podcast: Crackdowns And Consequences

A demonstration in Novocherkassk in 1962
From a new law aimed at stifling demonstrations to a series of civil and criminal cases against opposition figures and whistle-blowers to the sacking of two influential media executives, the message is clear: the Kremlin has decided it is time to crack down on dissent.

But while President Vladimir Putin wants to turn the clock back, a significant part of society -- and much of the elite -- is not in the mood.

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical Podcast, I discussed the crackdown, civil society's response, and where all this might be going.

Also on the podcast, Kirill and I spoke with Sean Guillory, a historian and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh about what historical analogies from Russia's past teach us about today's situation.

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


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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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