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Podcast: Russian Artists Fight The Power

Members of the feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot performing an unsanctioned concert on Red Square
Art and politics. Creativity and dissent. The avant-garde vs. the ruling elite.

From feminist punk rockers Pussy Riot to the anarchist art collective Voina, Russia's avant-garde community has become increasingly bold in challenging the authorities in a variety of creative ways.

In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, joins me to discuss the changing relationship between contemporary artists and the Kremlin.

Also on the podcast, a discussion of how local politics has become the new front in the battle between the authorities and the opposition.


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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