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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#106
Monday, 5 June 2017

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1. Masha Gessen on Putin.
2. Andrew Weiss (Carnegie): Putin’s reelection strategy in a nutshell: 69% of Russians view US as an enemy per Levada poll.
3. www.rt.com: Russia either ‘enemy’ or ‘unfriendly’ for 55% of Americans – poll.
4. Kremlin.ru: Interview to NBC News.
5. Interfax: Trump team turned out more effective during election campaign.
6. Russia Insider: Putin Informs Hacking Expert Megyn Kelly That She Has No Idea What She’s Talking About. Very politely, though.
7. www.rt.com: ‘Saying it’s Russians’ fault like blaming everything on Jews’ – Putin’s best quotes at SPIEF.
8. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Putin ebullient at St Petersburg forum as Russia revives.
9. http://theduran.com: Adam Garrie, Here’s the MOST IMPORTANT thing Vladimir Putin said in St. Petersburg. Discussions about America were an entertaining side-show. The real meat and potatoes of the St. Petersburg Forum was all about Russia’s friendship with both India and China.
10. Financial Times: Vladimir Putin defends Russian economy as reform debate grows. Bullish predictions abound amid debate among advisers.
12. Intellinews.com: Putin calls for development of Russia’s digital economy.
13. Washington Post: David Filipov, Russian entrepreneurs wish you’d stop worrying about Putin and start thinking about them.
14. Interfax: Russian ex-finance minister says no plans to rejoin government. (Kudrin)
15. Paul Goble: Declining Birthrates among Russians Leading to Further Demographic Decline, Rosstat Figures Show.
16. Kremlin.ru: Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be held at 12pm on June 15.
17. Financial Times: Rosneft chief Sechin looks beyond Russia sanctions. Putin ally wants stronger ties between oil heavyweights Russia, Saudi Arabia and US.
18. www.rt.com: Putin to Oliver Stone: I suggested Russia joining NATO to Clinton, he ‘didn’t mind’
19. AP: Saint’s Relics Are a Miraculous Must-See in Secular Russia.
21. Moscow Times: Michael Kofman, The Wars of the Future: Russian Defense Ministry’s New Modernization Plan. Upcoming re-armament program will offer clues on how Russia sees the future of war.
22. www.rt.com: Danielle Ryan, Clapper says Russians ‘genetically driven’ to be untrustworthy – and no one even blinks.
23. www.rt.com: Russians still see US & Ukraine as main foes, poll shows.
24. www.rt.com: ‘We love sanctions’: Russian deputy PM says US attempts at pressure backfire.
25. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, India and Russia: a friendship enduring and passionate. Russian President Putin and Indian Prime Minister Modi showed at SPIEF in St. Petersburg a continued determination to preserve a strong mutual relationship between India and Russia which for all the continued tensions also ties India and China together.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Richard Sakwa, VALDAI PAPER #67: TRUMPERY AND KNAVERY: LOOKING FOR THE VIRTUOUS.
27. http://exiledonline.com: Mark Ames, RUSSIA BLOG #7: WHEN MOTHER JONES WAS INVESTIGATED FOR SPREADING “KREMLIN DISINFORMATION” (excerpt)
28. The Hill: Warner on Russia probe: ‘We have no smoking gun at this point’
29. Politico.com: Matt Latimer, A Noun, a Verb and Vladimir Putin. Why the Democrats are making a big mistake by obsessing over Russia.
30. Sputnik: How Obama’s State Department Sabotaged Trump Efforts to Calm US-Russia Relations.
31. Paul Goble: Not ‘Constrained by Communism’ – Why Putin is a Greater Threat than Brezhnev Ever Was.

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