Talk About Power

Russia #FreeNavalny Protests: Toilet Brushes and Akvadiskoteka

Episode Summary

Walter and Macon talk to Russian opposition figures and organizers affiliated Alexei Navalny's political network about the recent #FreeNavalny protests. Why are Russians protesting? How does the opposition organize? What does this mean for Putin's hold on power? Walter and Macon conclude with takeaways for U.S. policymakers and others in the West.

Episode Notes

Walter and Macon talk to Russian opposition figures and organizers affiliated Alexei Navalny's political network about the recent #FreeNavalny protests.  Why are Russians protesting? How does the opposition organize? Why is corruption such a potent issue in Russia? What does this mean for Putin's hold on power?  Walter and Macon conclude  with takeaways for U.S. policymakers and others in the West. 

Guests in this episode include: 

Special thanks to Russia watchers Kirill Shamiev, Margarita Zavadskaya, and András Tóth-Czifra, as well as student and protester Pavel Popov. They all provided us with background information for this episode. 

For additional reading about the protests, check out these links: