RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-122 :: Friday, 1 July 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#122
Friday, 1 July 2016

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1. Meeting of Russian Federation ambassadors and permanent envoys.
2. TASS: Fitch says Russia’s recession easing, expects return to growth by end-2016.
3. Fastest growth in Russian factory activity since 2014.
4. Mark Adomanis, After years of crying wolf, West now has proof of Russia’s imminent economic collapse.
5. TASS: Russian energy minister expects return of high oil prices in 2017.
6. Meeting with Alexei Repik, President of Delovaya Rossiya national public organisation. (re business climate)
7. TASS: Russian PM announces plan to develop new strategic projects.
8. TASS: New Strategic Development Council to deal with investment climate, small business – PM.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: St. Petersburg State University researchers battle corruption.
10. Russia Direct: Marina Obrazkova, Another corruption scandal is a blow to Russian liberals. The case of Kirov governor Nikita Belykh, implicated in a high-profile corruption scandal, will likely affect the image of Russian liberals on the eve of parliamentary elections in Russia.
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines/RBK: Brexit makes Russia more attractive for investors. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU has unexpectedly demonstrated the sturdiness of Russia’s economy in relation to global shocks: Thanks to heavy capital outflows in the previous years and Western sanctions the Russian market is now a “paradise for investors.”
12. Russia Direct: Elena Ananieva, Russia and the Brexit: Be careful of simple solutions to complex problems. The Brexit referendum asked the British to give a simple answer to a complex question. Unfortunately, the results of the referendum will not be so simple to sort out, and for Russia, too.
13. Russia Direct: Galiya Ibragimova, After 15 years, the SCO is ready to expand. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will continue dealing mainly with security and economic issues, although there are doubts about how effective it will be once India and Pakistan join in 2017.
14. Asia Times: Sergei Blagov, Russia’s ‘Greater Eurasia’ plan gets Brexit boost.
15. Carnegie Moscow Center/Vedomosti: Alexander Gabuev, Imagined Integration: How Russia Can Maintain Its Influence in Central Asia.
16. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Proposes Deal With Russia to Ground Syrian Air Force. Washington would help Moscow with targeting to avoid striking U.S.-backed opposition fighters.
17. Moscow quiet on alleged proposal for US-Russia military partnership in Syria.
18. Moon of Alabama: New U.S. “Offer” To Cooperate With Russia in Syria Is Deceptive Nonsense.
19. Wall Street Journal: Russian Strategy: Stop Locals Returning From Syria. In Dagestan province, once home to an Islamist insurrection, the situation is calmer since men left to join the jihad.
20. Wanted in Russia: EU court blocked suspected Istanbul attack mastermind from extradition in 2010.
21. CIA agent attacked US Embassy guard in Moscow – Russian Foreign Ministry.
22. Culture Ministry orders major study into Russophobia & means to counter it.
23. Rethinking Russia: Matt Crosston, The Donkey and the Elephant: American Presidential Politics, Russia, and None of the Above.
24. Moscow Times: Ukrainian Question Divides Orthodox World.
25. Wall Street Journal: Robert Kaplan, How to Crash Putin’s Brexit Party. Never since the Cold War has American leadership been more vital to NATO and democratic Europe.
26. The Economist: Repression in Russia. Prelude to a purge. The Putin regime finds new enemies at home.
28. Awful Avalanche: L’infâme Nikita – Part III.
29. Awful Avalanche: L’infâme Nikita – Part IV.
30. Awful Avalanche: L’infâme Nikita – Part V.

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