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Podcast: Russia's Autumn Frost

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov speaks to reporters after being interrogated by the Investigative Committee on October 17.
What to make of the criminal case against Sergei Udaltsov? Is it a harbinger of a broader crackdown against the opposition? A tactical move to neutralize the leftist leader as the Kremlin prepares to enact painful reforms of the social welfare system?

Tune in to the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," where I discuss these issues with my regular co-host, Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service.

Also on the podcast, Kirill and I take a look at President Vladimir Putin's increasingly strained relations with the family of a onetime political patron.


Power Vertical Podcast: Russia's Big Chill
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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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