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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#136
Monday, 17 July 2017

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1. TASS: Poll shows rising prices and falling savings among Russians’ biggest fears.
2. Russians fear economic problems more than war – poll.
3. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir. Do the US and Russia need clearer rules of engagement? Trump and Putin’s recent attempt at rapprochement already appears to be falling apart. And even as relations seethe, Washington and Moscow lack shared understanding of what is permissible in the diplomacy, cyber, and political spheres.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, ALL RUSSIANS ARE SPIES.
5. The National Interest: Curt Mills, Tucker Carlson Goes to War Against the Neocons. This week’s primetime knife fights with Max Boot and Ralph Peters are emblematic of the battle for the soul of the American Right.
6. Moscow Times: Putin Offers Revisionist Spin on Ivan the Terrible.
7. Interfax: Distortion of history always used as anti-Russian weapon – Putin.
8. TASS: Putin says “decency” key feature of modern leader.
9. TASS: Putin believes Trump’s most important quality is ability to listen to his interlocutor.
10. Visit to Lebedinsky GOK. (excerpts)
11. Moscow Times: Anti-Corruption Protests Didn’t Make Navalny More Popular – Poll.
12. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Abbas Gallyamov, Why Russia needs Navalny: Opposition needs different leader. A Mandela type, with wisdom enough to set a course towards reconciliation.
13. Intersection: Stepan Goncharov, Television of the future: How video bloggers are changing the media landscape. The Internet is changing the form and content of political campaigning.
14. Bloomberg: Russia Turns Up the Heat on Trump Over Seized Property.
15. Interfax: Klintsevich links Washington’s conditions for return of Russian diplomatic property to Trump administration’s attempts to ‘save face’
16. Ambassador Yakovenko’s comment on the situation in Syria.
17. The Real News Network: How US-Russia Ceasefire in Syria Impacts Iran. The ceasefire agreement reached by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in southwest Syria appears aimed at weakening Iran and containing its influence inside Syria, says Alternet reporter Ben Norton.
19. Ben Aris, Nato still has a mixed reception in Emerging Europe.
20. Wall Street Journal: Wolfgang Ischinger, Why Europeans Oppose the Russia Sanctions Bill. It imperils the Continent’s energy security and would end up benefiting Moscow.
21. Jude Clemente, More U.S. Oil And Natural Gas Exports Buffer Russia.
22. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Europe Left out in the Cold as Russia, China Ink 30-Year Energy Agreement. A 30-year sales and purchase agreement between Gazprom and China National Petroleum (CNPC) leaves Washington’s European partners scratching their heads.
23. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Gabuev, Keeping Moscow Focused on China. Now that Chinese big investment projects have all but dried up, Moscow risks turning its attention away from Asia. Once again, Russia may miss the opportunity to profit from one. of the world’s largest markets-and an especially important one for Russia in light of continuing Western sanctions.
24. Asian Age (India): Russia anxious on China-India standoff. Its hope for trilateral understanding seems to have dashed after deadlock in Bhutan.
25. Awful Avalanche: Biography of Bolshevik Leader Lev Kamenev.
26. Hacker leaks emails of a top US State Department Russian affairs intel official – media.
27. Andrew O’Hehir, Not so fast, everybody! Despite the Donald Jr. sideshow, it’s way too easy to blame Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016. Media critic Norman Solomon says Putin’s a bit player – the damage to democracy is “homegrown and self-actualized”
28. New York Times editorial: Russia Isn’t Delivering for Donald Trump.
29. The Week: Poll finds most Americans aren’t convinced Trump colluded with Russia.
30. Washington Post: Susan Glasser, Dozens of books try to explain Putin and his Russia. Here are some of the best.
31. Moon of Alabama: As Anti-Trump / Anti-Russia Campaign Fails – Yascha Mounk Feeds New Lies.
32. The American Conservative: Scott Ritter, Throwing a Curveball at ‘Intelligence Community Consensus’ on Russia. Definitive assessment was not what it proclaimed to be.
33. PBS Newshour: In Russia, opposition grows as fear of the state fades.
34. National Public Radio (NPR): Timeline Of Trump And Russia In Mid-2016: A Series Of Coincidences Or Something More? (excerpt)
35. Bellingcat: MH17 – The Open Source Investigation, Three Years Later.

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