On one side there is a growing urban -- and urbane -- middle class that is highly educated, wired, globalized, and increasingly self-confident.
The former wants political reform while the latter tends to support Vladimir Putin -- but what is happening in Russia is about more than politics. One side is younger and wealthier than the other -- but this is more than a generation gap or a class conflict.
The rift between these two Russias is largely cultural and aesthetic -- and its implications will last far beyond Sunday's election, which Putin is expected to win easily.
In a special preelection edition of The Power Vertical podcast, I spoke to Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, about this cultural rift and what it means for the country's future.
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