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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#119
Monday, 26 June 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians consider Putin an influential historical personality.
2. Washington Post: David Filipov, For Russians, Stalin is the ‘most outstanding’ figure in world history, followed by Putin.
3. ‘Unique people’: Putin recalls KGB times, wishes deep-cover agents good fortune.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, NOT SO INTELLIGENT. (re Washington Post story)
5. New York Post: Sketchy firm behind Trump dossier is stalling investigators. (re Fusion GPS)
6. Slate/Future Tense: Josephine Wolff, The FBI Relied on a Private Firm’s Investigation of the DNC Hack-Which Makes the Agency Harder to Trust. (re CrowdStrike)
8. The Hill: Dems push leaders to talk less about Russia.
9. Russia Feed: US Federal Election Commissioner believes Drudge, Facebook and HuffPost are now under Russian control.
10. Sputnik: US Influence on Russian Domestic Processes Increasing – Upper House Speaker.
11. Bryan MacDonald, Why Telegram messenger is short of supporters as Russia moves to block it.
12. TASS: Telegram founder rejects watchdog’s demands as contrary to Russia’s Constitution.
13. With oil washing out, Russia’s zeal to reform remains elusive.
14. TASS: Russian PM expects stronger negative effect of anti-Russia sanctions on country’s economy.
15. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Russia Has Doubts About the Almighty US Dollar. The printing presses will be working as we approach 2018 to allow for operational continuity within the US financial system. Meanwhile, Russia will keep buying gold.
16. TASS: Russians’ real incomes up by 3% in May – Russian finance minister.
17. TASS: Anton Siluanov: “…It’s worth any price you pay.” Russia’s Minister of Finance in a TASS special project Top Officials. (excerpt)
18. Kenneth Rapoza, Here’s How Europe’s Russian Sanctions Differ From Washington’s.
19. Paul Goble: Kremlin Aide Lists Moscow’s Five Biggest Concerns in North Caucasus.
20. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, Russia and NATO: A Paradoxical Crisis.
21. US withdrawal from INF Treaty would hit America itself & European allies – Russian senator.
22. Ray McGovern, Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Questioned. The mainstream media is so hostile to challenges to its groupthinks that famed journalist Seymour Hersh had to take his take-down of President Trump’s April 6 attack on Syria to Germany.
23. Asia Times: Zi Yang, Yuan the key to expansion of Sino-Russian economic ties. An inadvertent beneficiary of US/EU sanctions against Russia, China stands to gain more by working to deepen commercial ties with its neighbor.
24. TASS: Kremlin spokesman says Putin and Trump will meet in Hamburg.
25. AP: Trump Eager for Big Meeting With Putin; Some Advisers Wary.
26. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, From Reagan and Gorbachev to Trump and Putin. Rethink foreign policy relations.
27. The Nation: Norman Solomon, 50 Years Later, Rekindle the ‘Spirit of Glassboro.’ 50 years after the Glassboro Summit, we should question the wisdom of leaders who seem averse to any kind of détente between the United States and Russia.
28. Justin Raymond, Who Tried to Kill Putin – Five Times? Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’ (Part I)
29. New York Times: Masha Gessen, How Putin Seduced Oliver Stone – and Trump.
30. Russia Beyond the Headlines: 11 epic fails in Hollywood movies that are related to Russia. Will any combination of Cyrillic letters suffice when spelling a Russian’s name? Does the Russian military prefer to use candles instead of electric lights, and is it possible to reach the Arctic by supercar? If you watch these films again, you’ll certainly be scratching your head in confusion.
31. Ukraine ‘almost reached’ arms supplies agreement with US – Poroshenko.
32. Sergei Kuznetsov, KYIV BLOG: Why Trump-Poroshenko relations are no easy fix,
33. Kateryna Iakovlenko, Disconnected society: how the war in the Donbas has affected Ukraine. People displaced by the war in eastern Ukraine need a community to represent their interests – any community. Why is that proving so difficult?
34. Russian attitudes to Ukraine worsening – poll.
35. National Public Radio (NPR): Many In Eastern Ukraine Want To Join Russia.

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