RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-148 :: Thursday, 11 August 2016

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#148
Thursday, 11 August 2016

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1. AFP: Russia’s melting ice could release more threats to humanity.
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, TWO VIEWS OF RUSSIA.
3. Washington Post: Sally Jenkins, In vilifying Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, Americans are splashing murky waters.
4. Russia Direct: Ekaterina Grobman, Is the ban of Russia’s Paralympic team fair? Now that the Russian Paralympic team has been banned from participating in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, it remains to be seen if Moscow will be able to defend the interests of its athletes in the international court system.
5. Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Fiona Clark, Rio 2016: Ban on Paralympians a blow to Russia’s disabled people.
6. The Kremlin Stooge: Guilty Until Proven Guilty. (re doping allegations)
7. Alexander Mercouris, Hillary Clinton supporter and former CIA chief says US should ‘covertly’ kill Russians in Syria.
8. The Telegraph (UK): Tony Brenton, It’s time for a thaw in our relations with Russia.
9. Financial Times: Russian economy still contracting but GDP declines moderating.
10. Meeting with Government members.
11. Russian political parties have foreign sponsors – report.
12. PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS and MICHAEL HUDSON, Will Russia Reject Neoliberalism?
13. The National Interest: Yulia Netesova, What Does It Mean to Be Conservative in Russia? The Russian right is more than tsars and samovars.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Is the modernization of U.S. nuclear forces in Europe a threat to Russia? In 2020, the United States will begin production of the new B61-12 tactical nuclear gravity bomb as part of a program to update its nuclear arsenal. Russian observers share their views on the new weapon and whether Moscow needs to respond.
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Dmitry Suslov, HILLARY CLINTON AS THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS / DONALD TRUMP IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. US foreign policy is entering an era of change – the most significant one since the days of Harry Truman’s administration. The cause of such changes lies in the discrepancy between the US foreign policy consensus reached back then and forged in the 1990s and the current (and, most likely, future) global trends.
16. Patrick Armstrong, Living the Dream – Latvia, NATO and the EU.
17. BBC Monitoring: Russian reports detail “Ukrainian sabotage plans” in Crimea.
18. ‘Kiev has turned to terrorism’: Putin on foiled sabotage plot in Crimea.
19. The Guardian (UK): Vladimir Putin may believe time is ripe for another invasion. The Crimea crisis has come from nowhere but the Russian president has form for military adventures in Olympic years, says Luke Harding.
20. Alexander Mercouris, Shootout in Crimea: Russia’s FSB vs Ukrainian Saboteurs. The FSB interception of Ukrainian sabotage groups attempting to infiltrate Crimea raise tensions.
21. Alexander Yakovenko, Kiev continues to undermine the Minsk Agreements.
22. Reuters: No evidence so far to corroborate Russia allegations over Crimea: U.S.

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