In Russia, people have taken to the streets in their largest numbers in years to protest the barring of opposition candidates from local elections next month. The scope and brutality of the crackdown has marked a new level of repression. Journalist Karina Orlova talks to Greg about what it says about the Kremlin’s direction and Russia’s current political climate.


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Contributing Writer, The American Interest magazine

Washington Correspondent, Echo of Moscow radio




Executive Director, Institute of Current World Affairs

Journalist, author of Russians: The People Behind the Power



The Cable is produced by Rebecca Picard.



Lead image credit: By Alexei Kouprianov – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,