RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-123 :: Monday, 4 July 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#123
Monday, 4 July 2016

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1. Russia Direct: What does it mean to be Russian? Russia Direct releases its new Issue in which prominent sociologists, political analysts and representatives of the younger generation examine the key features of Russia’s national identity and the ways it has changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
2. AP: July 4 Message From Putin to Obama: Let’s Have Better Ties.
3. AP: Sports court puts Russian appeal on fast track.
4. The Intercept: Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy. (Breedlove)
5. Breedlove’s war: Emails show ex-NATO general plotting US conflict with Russia.
6. The National Interest: Simon Saradzhyan, An Olive Branch from Putin? Despite containing a litany of customary anti-Western complaints, the Russian president’s speech clearly showed that he’s willing to improve relations with the West once Russia and NATO complete announced deployments.
7. Putin’s United Russia dominates polls in run-up to September elections.
8. BBC Monitoring: Russian opposition parties name their election candidates.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia’s strict new anti-terror laws: What is the debate about? A new package of “anti-terrorist” laws adopted by the State Duma on the last day of the legislative season has the potential to affect many areas of the lives of ordinary Russians. What do hope to achieve with the new legislation and why has it been criticized?
10. Alexander Mercouris, Russia Achieving Best Inflation Outcome Since The USSR’s Collapse.lawmakers
11. Mark Adomanis, Russian Railways – the good, the bad and the ugly.
12. Bloomberg: Russian Oil Exports Set for Record as Europe Competition Grows.
13. The National Interest: Sergey Aleksashenko, Is Russia’s Economy Doomed to Collapse? Putin must undertake serious reforms to keep the country competitive.
14. Moscow Times: Billionaire Tycoon Prokhorov to Sell All Russian Assets.
15. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, CRACKPOT THEORY NO. 8: ‘INFLUENCE’
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Moscow and Washington consider expanding cooperation in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama made an offer to Russia to begin joint combat operations against the Al-Nusra Front militants. Some Russian experts believe that this overture has been made in order to strengthen the Democrat Party’s position in the presidential election race. Yet this step also could have positive implications for Moscow.
17. Bloomberg: Turkey Signals Cooperation With Russia Against Islamic State.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why would Russian security services harass U.S. diplomats in Moscow? A recent report in the U.S. media highlights a series of incidents American diplomats say is a campaign of systematic intimidation directed against them by the Russian security services. However, experts disagree on the logic behind carrying out such harassment.
19. Asia Times: M.K. BHADRAKUMAR, Russia-China entente: Lofty rhetoric, shifty discourse.
20. Press statements and answers to journalists’ questions following Russian-Finnish talks (excerpt)
21. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Shootings.
22. Robert Parry, MH-17 Probe’s Torture-Implicated Ally.
23. Washington Post editorial: Obama retreats from Putin in Syria – again.
24. Washington Post: Josh Rogin, The U.S. can’t ignore Russia, or its increasingly horrendous behavior.
25. Harlan Ullman, Is the U.S. planning for a war with Russia?

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