And with the protest mood showing no signs of abating, the authorities are showing signs that they are planning to take even tougher measures against demonstrators.
In the halls of power, meanwhile, the newly configured tandem of President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has struggled to form a government.
In this week's edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I sat down with my regular co-host Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, to discuss the politics of the street and the machinations in the corridors of power -- and how they intersect. Do the protests matter? Are they spreading? And what do they mean for how Russia will be governed?
Listen to or download the podcast below, or subscribe to The Power Vertical Podcast on iTunes.