RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-108 :: Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#108
Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: 10 reasons why Pushkin is so great. June 6 has a special place in the Russian literary calendar, as the birthday of the country’s greatest poet: Alexander Pushkin. RBTH explains just what it is that makes Pushkin the jewel of Russian literature.
2. Sputnik: Money? Power? World Domination? Poll Reveals What Russians Really Want in Life.
3. Russia in Global Affairs: Fyodor Lukyanov, A Superpower on Autopilot and a Haunting Specter.
4. Russia in Global Affairs: Robert Legvold, Into the Unknown. U.S.-Russian Relations Unhinged.
5. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The Leaked NSA Report Is Being Read Backward. What if Russian hackers were more anti-Clinton than pro-Trump?
6. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, Russian Hacking Allegations Could Get Putin Reelected . Allegations of Russian hacking are still murky, but distraction in Washington is still a net gain for Russia.
7. TASS: No evidence to prove Moscow’s alleged interference in US election – senior diplomat.
8. TASS: Kommersant: Russia’s ex-finance chief suggests downsizing 30% of state officials.
9. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, A Vast Blockchain Experiment Could Change Russia. Putin has failed to spark a tech revolution, and not for a lack of trying.
10. TASS: NGOs run by US State Department most active in Russia – top prosecutor.
11. Interfax: Russian prosecutor general suggests giving Justice Ministry right to conduct extraordinary inspections of NGOs that breach legislation.
12. Awful Avalanche: Hamlet Of the Arbat: KP Interviews the Family – Part II.
13. Interfax: Aggrieved party in Nemtsov murder case sees crime as not solved – lawyer.
14. TASS: Antimissile ‘umbrella’ to be created over Russia’s whole territory.
15. Komsomolskaya Pravda: Russian spokeswoman talks of Crimea, relations with West. (Maria Zakharova)
16. Qatar may be Russia’s trump card to boost gas supplies to Europe.
17. Bryan MacDonald, In Europe, Donald Trump is making Russia great again.
18. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Why Venezuela Proves That Russia Is Still a World Power. Russia has acquired in Venezuela, as it has in Syria, a need to preserve the current regime in order to safeguard its investments.
19. Gareth Porter, The Kissinger Backchannel to Moscow. Major U.S. media outlets insinuate that President Trump’s advisers are traitors for secretly talking to Russians, but they ignore the history of Henry Kissinger doing the same thing for Richard Nixon.
20. William Astore, America’s Real Red Scare. The Slow-Motion Collapse of the American Empire.
21. Paul Goble: Putin’s ‘Magic’ has Disappeared Like Cinderella’s Coach, Golts Says.
22. Washington Post: David Ignatius, Putin’s campaign of personal revenge against the United States.
23. Susan Glasser, Strobe Talbott: The Full Transcript. (excerpt)

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