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Podcast: Shock And Awe, Kremlin-Style

Russian OMON riot-police officers detain an opposition activist in Moscow.
From the abduction of Leonid Rozvozzhayev to new legislation broadening the definition of treason, the Kremlin appears to be pulling out all the stops in its efforts to stifle the opposition.

But will what critics call Soviet-era methods work in an increasingly postmodern society?

In the latest edition of the Power Vertical podcast, I discuss the trend with special guest and co-host New York University professor Mark Galeotti, an expert on the Russian security services and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows."


Power Vertical Podcast: Shock And Awe, Kremlin-Style
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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


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