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Podcast: Fortress Russia

War mobilization, ramped-up armaments production, and a looming apocalypse.

As the long winter sets in, the rhetoric in Russia is becoming increasingly -- and alarmingly -- bellicose.

School administrators in Krasnoyarsk have been given instructions on how to operate under wartime conditions, mass mobilization, and martial law.

At a highly publicized meeting with military officials and defense contractors in Sochi, Vladimir Putin instructed large corporations to be prepared to increase their production of military goods.

And not to be outdone, Patriarch Kirill recently warned that the apocalypse "is already visible to the naked eye" and the world risked slipping into "the abyss at the end of history."

On this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we take a closer look at "fortress Russia" and what it portends.

Joining me is 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 forthcoming book Vory: Russia's Super Mafia.


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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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