Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 60

A fabricated case against alleged members of an imaginary terrorist organization. A show trial followed by harsh prison sentences. And persistent protests over allegations of torture and falsified evidence.

In many ways, дело Сети, or the Network case, has become emblematic of the repressive tactics Vladimir Putin’s regime is prepared to use to intimidate civil society—and civil society’s ability to resist them.

So what does this strange and disturbing criminal case and its aftermath tell us about Russia today?

Listen to the Power Vertical Podcast as Brian Whitmore breaks down the latest from the Kremlin alongside Maria Snegovaya and Donald N. Jensen.

Intro Audio Clip: “Message from the President to the Federal Assembly” via the Kremlin under CC BY 4.0. 

Photo: The Kremlin at night via Pixhere under CC0 1.0. 

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Brian Whitmore

Brian Whitmore is Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis. Before joining CEPA he was Senior Russia Analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague; as a graduate instructor in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina; and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University.

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February 21, 2020

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.