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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#190 :: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
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1. Second wave of dreaded coronavirus pandemic is greatest fear of Russians, according to study of mass media & social networks –
2. TASS: Russia does not plan to introduce another COVID-19 lockdown, Kremlin says.
3. RFE/RL: ‘Crisis Of Trust’: Russia’s Pandemic Fatigue Combines With Wariness Of Expert Advice.
4. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatiana Stanovaya, A Farewell to Trump? Russia’s Elite Braces for U.S. Elections. Trump’s election made Russia a hostage of the battle raging in U.S. domestic politics. This time around, Biden’s victory wouldn’t be the worst thing for Russia.
5. The National Interest: George Beeve, Russia Is Hedging Its Arms Control Bets on Next U.S. Administration. What will that mean for New START?
6. TASS: Kommersant: Russia makes surprise offer on New START.
7. What’s ‘verifiable’? Extension of US-Russia nuclear New START treaty hinges on word –
8. Spiked: Mary Dejevsky, The Russia delusion. Cold War-style paranoia continues to grip the UK’s political and media class –
9. Russian Cabinet strikes down proposed law to ban transgender people from amending sex assigned at birth on official documents –
10. Russia Beyond: The cause of the ecological disaster in Kamchatka –
11. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Broadens Sanctions to Thwart Completion of Russian Gas Pipeline. New measures target companies that would provide services or funding for vessels working on Nord Stream 2.
12. TASS: Izvestia: Azerbaijan, Armenia continue hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh despite claiming they are ready for talks.
13. Eurasianet: Joseph Kucera, Azerbaijan continues advance deeper into Armenian-held territory. Even while negotiations are continuing, it is clear that developments on the battlefield are driving events far more strongly than anything agreed over the negotiation table.
15. AFP: Kyrgyzstan Sets New Polls as New PM Reassures Russia.
16. Autumn of discontent? Moldova is next US target for ‘color revolution’, Russia’s chief spy warns ahead of presidential election –
17. Turkey’s Erdogan Offers to Arm Ukraine and Back its NATO Aspirations.
18. The National Interest: Sumantra Maitra, A Realpolitik Appraisal of Russia’s Motivations and Goals in Ukraine. What explains Russian conduct in its former sphere of influence?
19. Atlantic Council: Battle for borshch: Ukraine lays claim to soup dish amid identity war with Russia.
20. Foreign Affairs: Anna Arutunyan, Call Putin’s Bluff on Election Interference. The United States Should Take Russia Up on Its Offer to Sign a Pledge.
21. In Moscow’s Shadows: Mark Galeotti, Adventures in Hackery continued: the latest GRU indictment.
22. USA SITREP: FBI indicted Russian trombone player as a “GRU hacker” (excerpt) –
23. Interfax: Peskov denies that Russia could have shipped defective ventilators to U.S.
24. Patrick Armstrong, Russophrenia – or How a Collapsing Country Runs the World –
25. Why Russia – and Putin – might be worried about a Biden presidency.
26. Consortium News: Patrick Lawrence, The Damage Russiagate Has Done. Authoritarian liberals have unleashed a censorious syndrome peculiar to our national character, dating to 17th century Quaker hangings in Boston –

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