After years of anticipation, the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi are finally underway.
What do the the seven years of preparations for the Sochi Olympics illustrate about Russia? And how will things develop once Vladimir Putin's big party is over?
In the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss Sochi as a metaphor for Russia.
Joining me is co-host Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."
Also on the podcast, Mark and I discuss recent efforts by the Kremlin to rein in social networks and new media -- including the recent moves against Dozhd TV.
Listen to or download the podcast above or subscribe to "The Power Vertical Podcast" on iTunes.