Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#131 :: Friday 3 July 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#131
Friday 3 July 2015

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1. Moscow Times: The Top 10 Summer Books for Russia Watchers.
2. Louise Dickson, Moscow Never Sleeps. (new film)
3. Russia: Other Points of View: Sharon Tennison, Citizen Diplomacy in Volgograd: June 2015.
4. TASS: Russia’s parliament gives citizens ‘right to be forgotten in Internet’
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines: AIDS: Is there an epidemic in Russia? According to the Center for the Prevention and Fight Against AIDS, there are now about 900,000 cases of people infected with HIV in the country. Is there an AIDS epidemic and how are HIV patients treated?
6. TASS: Foreign financing of Russian NGOs surge in 2014-2015 – financial monitoring authorities.
7. Foreign Ministry praises law banning undesirable foreign groups in Russia.
8. Russia set to further increase pressure on “foreign agent” NGOs – commentary. (Konstantin Yemelyanov)
9. Rossiya 1 TV (Moscow): TV says NGOs sponsored by foreign funds want to destabilize Russia. (DJ: Notice that this state TV program had critics of Kremlin policy, including Sergey Mitrokhin, chairman of the Yabloko party)
10. Sputnik: Russian Consumer Confidence Grows as Middle Class Foresees Recovery.
11. Bloomberg: Ruble’s Top Forecaster Sees Deeper Rout as Companies Repay Debt.
12. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, And now…a murder rap for Khodorkovsky?
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Dismissal of American vice rector in Nizhny Novgorod causes controversy. The dismissal of an American lecturer from a leading position at a Russian university following an “incriminating” report on television sparked talk of an increase in the harassment of foreigners. Russian lawmakers are planning to introduce a “patriotic stop list” – a list of foreign funds allegedly destabilizing the situation in the country. In interviews with RBTH, experts discuss whether
14. Russia Direct: The Greek crisis: Implications for Russia and the U.S.. Head of Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP) Fyodor Lukyanov, says the Greek crisis may have knock-on effects for relations between Russia, the United States and the European Union.
15. Reuters: Russian Engages in Waiting Game Over Greece’s EU Referendum.
16. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Goodbye Washington, hello Moscow? Saudi Arabia finds friendly face in Putin. The two oil-producing giants seem to have made a breakthrough last month in their often adversarial relationship, signing several cooperation pacts. But incompatible foreign policies may yet cool the new warmth.
17. Robert Berke, Is Saudi Arabia Leaving The U.S. Behind For Russia?
18. Interfax: Russians concerned about spread of terrorism from Caucasus to other regions – poll.
19. Russia Direct: Can Russia and the West reconcile through counter-terrorism? Russia Direct presents a June think tank roundup covering the rising threat from ISIS, Russia’s top investment conference and Putin’s visit to the Vatican.
20. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, SANCTIONING EURASIANISM.
21. AP: Steven Hurst, Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades.
22. Russian rocket takes off to resupply ISS after 2 previous missions failed.
23. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia and NATO’s relationship on the rocks; can a coalition be formed against the Islamic State (ISIS)?; Iran not likely to join Shanghai Cooperation Organization any time soon. RBTH presents its weekly analytical program TROIKA REPORT, featuring a look at three of the most high-profile recent developments in international affairs.
24. Fort Russ: The Russian “No.” (re Sergei Lavrov)
25. Moscow Times: Pyotr Romanov, Why Isn’t Russia Part of Europe?
26. Washington Post: Despite past quarrels with Russia, Georgians are returning to its orbit.
27. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: David Speedie, U.S.-Russia Relations: Critical and Unstable.
28. Michael Klare, The next Cold War is here: China, Russia and the ghosts of Dwight Eisenhower. As America lurches from crisis to crisis, our foreign policy elites can’t even agree on our principal adversary.
29. William Polk, Toward a Rational US Strategy (Part 2)
30. Washington Post editorial: Seeing conspiracies in Armenia where none exist.
31. RFE/RL: Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin.


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