Russia's traditional cucumber season, when people retire to their dachas and politics tends to take a breather, is quickly turning into a season of high-stakes intrigue and maneuvering.
And change is in the air.
In the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we look at four important trends that are emerging during this tumultuous and consequential summer: the very real battle in the elite to become Vladimir Putin's designated successor; the return of public politics with Moscow's upcoming mayoral election; the meteoric rise of Aleksei Navalny; and the emergence of so-called "liberal nationalism."
Joining me on the podcast are co-hosts Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows," and Kirill Kobrin of RFE/RL's Russian Service and a contributor to the online magazine Polit.ru.
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