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.

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.