The Politburo and the "collective Putin" are out; the court of the Tsar and the reign of the supreme leader are in.
Another Russian political season is upon us and change is clearly in the air.
And as Vladimir Putin steadily purges his old inner circle, he isn't just changing personnel -- he appears to be abandoning the governing model he's relied on for the past 16 years.
So what is the new Putinism? Will it work? Or will it undermine the foundations of the Kremlin regime?
On the this week's Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss Putin's new deal and where it is likely to lead Russia.
Joining me are Moscow-based political analyst Nikolai Petrov of the Center for Political and Geographic Studies and 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.
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