RUSSIA – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-97 :: Monday AM, 30 May 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#97
Monday AM, 30 May 2016

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1. Paul Goble: Putin’s Longstanding Plan for Long-Term Confrontation with the West Being Implemented Ever More Rapidly, Illarionov Says.
2. Carnegie Moscow Center/RBC: Dmitri Trenin, Managing Risks in the Russia-United States Conflict.
3. The Chronicle (Duke): Emile Riachi, Why we need a deal with Russia.
4. Interfax: Number of smokers in Russia down 16-25%, Health Ministry wants to make access to tobacco impossible for those born after 2015.
5. Interfax: Medvedev opens Moscow’s fourth airport Zhukovsky.
6. Meeting with Russian media.
7. Kudrin urges Putin to cool it on world stage to fire up Russian economy.
8. Kenneth Rapoza, To Improve Economy, Russia Must ‘Reduce Geopolitical Tensions’
9. Putin swears to defend Russia to end of life.
10. BBC Monitoring: Russian TV show guests split over ruling party’s polls.
11. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian paper queries openness of ruling party primary.
12. Opposition PARNAS party cancels primaries over massive leak of voters’ personal data.
13. BBC Monitoring: Russian opposition activist says break-in nothing to do with politics.
14. Interfax: Russian liberal radio station sees off “censorship” move.
15. Tatyana Stanovaya, RBC’s fate: Any chance of being preserved?
16. Russia Direct: Climate change could make Russia vulnerable to security challenges. RD Interview: Alexander Rodin, associate professor at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), discusses the long-term implications of climate change for Russia’s security and domestic stability
17. Reuters: Putin aide: not inevitable Russia will raise retirement age.
18. Alexander Yakovenko, Approaching International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg.
19. TASS: Central Bank: Russian banking system capable to finance economic growth.
20. Reuters: Russia cbank analysts: economy could return to growth soon if no shocks.
21. West shocked to discover revival of Russian economy.
22. AP: NATO Urged to Show Stronger Resolve on Russia, Boost Defense.
23. AP: EU Leader Juncker to Visit Russia in Hint of Diplomatic Thaw.
24. Interfax: There is hope Russia, EU can take relations trajectory consistent with interests of their countries – Peskov.
25. Wall Street Journal: Cracks Begin to Show in German Support for Russia Sanctions. Merkel says it’s too early to lift Ukraine-related measures, but some Social Democrats disagree.
26. Alexander Mercouris, Putin in Greece.
27. Financial Times: Tokyo moves to normalise relations with Moscow.
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, RUSSIA’S TURN TO THE EAST: JUST THE BEGINNING.
29. The National Interest: Miles Maochun Yu, Russia’s Pacific Pivot: The Moscow-Beijing Shadow Boxing Continues.
30. Wall Street Journal: Yaroslav Trofimov, Russia’s Long Road to the Middle East. Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria caught many by surprise, but it is a return to Russian geopolitical aspirations that stretch back to the czars.
31. Vassilis Petsinis, In Estonia, we should be careful not to overstate the impact of the information war. The Baltic States are now seen as the next frontline in Russia’s hybrid war. But the political preferences of ethnic Russian communities are more complicated than meets the eye.
32. How Maxim Trudolyubov Lets Ideology Trump Facts. A look at how an supposed Editor and researcher gets basic facts wrong in his frantic desire to smear Russians on the pages of the New York Times.
33. Danielle Ryan, Recommended Books.
34. Wall Street Journal: Anya Ulinich, The Souls of Soviet Folk. In its scope and wisdom, ‘Secondhand Time’ is akin to ‘War and Peace.'(re Svetlana Alexievich)
35. Centre for East European and International Studies (Zentrum für Osteuropa- und internationale Studien): Research fellow openings.


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