RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-14 :: Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#14
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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1. BBC: Trump: The Kremlin Candidate? | Panorama. (video)
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robsinon, FARAGE, BANNON, DUGIN, & TRUMPUTINIS. (re #1)
3. Most Russians feel threat from external enemies, poll shows.
4. US anti-Russia sanctions failed, united Russians around President Putin – Trump’s advisor.
5. Paul Goble: Share of Russians Willing to Protest. Never Large, has Fallen Since 2014, Levada Expert Says.
6. The School of Russian and Eurasian Studies: Josh Wilson, The State of Study Abroad in Russia. An update on safety concerns and educational opportunities.
7. TASS: Russian PM says up to $1.8 bln to be earmarked to prop up economy in 2017.
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia wants to double GDP by 2035. Doubling Russia’s GDP by 2035 means the economy must grow at a rate well above the global average, said Alexei Kudrin, the author of a new economic program. This will be a big challenge. For the past two years, Russia’s GDP dynamic was negative due to the economic crisis.
9. Izvestia: Russian expert views impact of US sanctions on energy projects.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Vladimir Mikheev, Trump’s trans-Atlantic shift shocks Europe, baffles Russia. Donald Trump outlined his foreign policy priorities to European media suggesting he might abandon anti-Russia sanctions as part of a nuclear arms deal with Moscow. Is this a hint that the contentious issue of Crimea, which is the official pretext for sanctions, might be resolved to Russia’s favor?
11. Wall Street Journal: China Goes Food Shopping-to Russia. ‘Everything that can be consumed by a human being in China is something they’re interested in,’ Russian official says.
12. Russian International Affairs Council: Vasily Kashin, Russia and China Respond to THAAD.
13. The Week: Michael Brendan Dougherty, How NATO grew fat and Russia took advantage.
14. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question on the US troop buildup in Europe.
15. AP: Russia Hopes for Pragmatic Dialogue With US Under Trump. (Lavrov)
16. Sputnik: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov Holds Annual Press Conference.
17. Lavrov: US diplomats frequently took part in Russian opposition rallies.
18. Russia thinks it’s right to invite US to Syria talks in Astana, Lavrov says.
19. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras. What Is Best for America – Russia as a Friend or a Foe?
20. The National Interest: Daniel R. DePetris, The Commonsense of Rex Tillerson.
22. The Times (UK): Full transcript of interview with Donald Trump. (excerpt re Russia)
23. BBC Monitoring: Russian experts sceptical about Trump’s nuclear deal.
24. Russia Direct: Ivan Tsvetkov, Here is why the Kremlin’s big bet on Trump might be risky. With the upcoming inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the Kremlin is increasingly hopeful of creating a better relationship with the West. But is it really the case?
25. Fake news makers ‘worse than prostitutes’: Putin slams those behind Trump ‘leak’
26. Awful Avalanche: Trump Kompromat Dossier – Part I.
27. The Ecologist (UK): Chris Busby, He dared to speak the truth: Alexey Yablokov, scientific hero of Chernobyl.
28. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Ukraine’s Survival Strategy for the Trump Era.

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