Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 38

They were the largest protests in Moscow in years. And they were followed by the harshest Kremlin crackdown in years.

It all happened in the wake of rising unrest in Russia’s far-flung regions. And it all happened with Vladimir Putin’s approval approaching an all-time low.

The conventional wisdom since last weekend’s demonstrations is that Russia has reached a critical turning point. But we have, of course, been in this place before. And the Putin regime has time and time again proven to be ruthlessly resilient.

Listen to episode 38 of the Power Vertical podcast as Brian Whitmore and Donald N. Jensen consider if these protests will spark a turning point or fade away as another data point in Moscow’s summer of discontent.

The Power Vertical is a CEPA podcast covering the Kremlin for Kremlin watchers. All opinions are those of the guests and do not necessarily represent the position or views of the institutions they represent or the Center for European Policy Analysis.