Upheaval Rocks Russia's Presidential Election

Upheaval Rocks Russia's Presidential Election

Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's March 4 presidential election is all but assured. The opposition has narrowed to several Kremlin-picked "shadow boxers," and authorities have cracked down on independent media. But voters have had...

Vladimir Putin's victory in Russia's March 4 presidential election is all but assured. The opposition has narrowed to several Kremlin-picked "shadow boxers," and authorities have cracked down on independent media. But voters have had enough. In recent weeks, throngs of protesters have converged on Russian cities, radically changing the political context and forcing rare concessions from Mr. Putin. We explore how Russia's social upheaval will impact the elections.

Guests

Brian Whitmore

Senior Correspondent and author of the "Power Vertical" blog, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Ambassador James Collins

Director, Russian and Eurasian Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Ambassador to the Russian Federation, 1997 to 2001

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