As summer fades into fall and the weather cools, Russia's political environment tends to heat up.
From the shelling of parliament in October 1993 to the meteoric rise of Vladimir Putin in September 1999 to the arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky in October 2003, the autumn season is often one of high-stakes political showdowns -- and often one of change.
And starting with the September 8 regional elections -- from Aleksei Navalny's outside-the-box insurgency in Moscow, to Yevgey Roisman's strong bid for the top job in Yekaterinburg -- the fall of 2013 is shaping up to be potentially historic.
In the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we kick off the coming political season and look at what it might portend. 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
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