RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-102 :: Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#102
Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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1. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Bystritskiy, THE END OF ETERNITY. The notorious singularity, which has become a popular fear, is actually here already. However, no one knows how to handle it, even more so, what to do after it.
2. www.rt.com: Anti-Russia spin pushed by those who lost US election & can’t face reality – Putin to Le Figaro.
3. Kremlin.ru: Vladimir Putin’s interview with Le Figaro.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, OPINION POLLS. LESS TV, MORE CONSERVATIVE (with comments)
5. Reuters: Moscow’s Metro Mixes Lenin, WiFi and Selfie Spots.
6. TASS: Russian tycoon wins defamation lawsuit against opposition activist.
7. Meduza: ‘Do you know what memes are?’ Billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s lawsuit against opposition leader Alexey Navalny goes to trial.
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: To detain or not to detain: Why a youth was arrested for reciting poetry. The police in central Moscow on 28 May detained a 10-year-old boy who was reciting Hamlet to passers-by for money. Video showing his detention has spread across social media, prompting heated discussions about the police actions.
9. Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Bridging the Red-White Divide Is a Home Run for Putin.
10. Meduza: Russia’s pensioners are in for a rude awakening.
11. CNBC.com: US shale, trade and sanctions worry Russian Finance minister as economy gets back on track. (Anton Siluanov)
12. TASS: Putin to take part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
13. Valdai Discussion Club: NATO IDENTITY CRISIS CREATES NEW THREATS TO EUROPEAN SECURITY.
14. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Why Is Every Story About Macron And Putin Exactly The Same?
15. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Saudi Arabia and Russia: neither allies nor enemies but wary friends. The visit of Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia shows Saudi Arabia’s need for Russia’s help to stabilise the oil market.
16. Interfax: Lavrov warns U.S. against attempts to use extremists in Afghanistan as temporary allies.
17. Russia Reviewed: Blast from the Past: notes on lecture ‘How to Deal with Russia: Advice for the Future President.’ (Jack Matlock)
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Who were the Soviet dissidents? How dissenters in the USSR appeared, what they did, and what they changed.
19. The National Interest: Are Russia Sanctions Here to Stay? Or are they just a convenient extension of politics? (summary of meeting)
20. TASS: Kremlin says US Democratic Party’s stance not source of Russia-US tension.
21. New York Times: Ross Douthat, The ‘Manchurian’ President? Why Donald Trump’s bizarre Russian romance might be a little more normal than it seems.
22. The Hill: Ex-Russia ambassador: ‘The Russians are laughing’ at US. (Michael McFaul)
23. Slate.com: Isaac Chotiner, Putin’s Defender. An American Russia scholar on why he doesn’t believe the New York Times, doesn’t think the DNC was hacked, and just wants the U.S. and Russia to get along. (hostile interview with Stephen Cohen)
24. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE PRESIDENT’S INFERIORITY COMPLEX, HIS ADVISOR’S RUSSIA-HATING OBSESSION, AND THE PUTSCH PLOTTER WITH THE ITCHY TRIGGER FINGER. (re Zbigniew Brzezinski)
26. The National Interest: Nicolai N. Petro and Josh Cohen. Ukraine’s Government Is Failing to Unite Ukrainians. The current course of denigrating those deemed insufficiently Ukrainian will only lead to a fracturing of the country.

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