RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-113 :: Friday, 16 June 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#113
Friday, 16 June 2017

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1. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Donald Trump is a victim of Washington’s anti-Russia bias. It is not clear whether Trump’s enemies really believe that his Russia policy is a risk to US national security or whether Russia – because it can still inspire such fear in American minds – is being used as an emotive stick to beat him with.
2. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia as a sort of cyber-democracy? The Kremlin is giving it a shot. The Russian public has a lot of faith in Vladimir Putin’s ability to improve their lives; witness his call-in show Thursday. In other officials though, not so much. So the Kremlin is trying to expand its online outreach to bolster direct communication with the people.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, LARGE AND COMPLICATED.
4. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Presidential Q&A: Bye Putin, Hi Putlet.
5. ‘Voters will decide’: Putin on succession question, plus other highlights of annual Q&A.
6. Putin’s comment on Comey reflects ‘circus-like Russia nonsense gripping US pundits’
7. Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.
8. Answers to journalists’ questions following Direct Line.
9. Washington Post: ‘All this circus’: Putin takes heat from broke, angry Russians in live call-in show
10. New York Times: On TV, Putin Plays the Role He Likes Best: Russia’s Mr. Fix-It.
11. RFE/RL: ‘Too Long On Your Throne’: Was Putin’s Big Phone-In Show Massively Trolled?
12. Most Russians want their leaders to maintain current course regardless of sanctions.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: ‘Direct Line’ with Putin – live.

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