RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-142 :: Monday, 24 July 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#142
Monday, 24 July 2017

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1. Dalia Research: RUSSIANS ARE THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CAT LOVERS.
2. Intellinews.com: IMF says Russia’s economy is gradually recovering.
3. Sputnik: Putin Reveals His KGB Academy Code Name.
4. Fort Russ: Putin: I’m not made of sugar. (video)
5. Interfax: Aggression among people manifestation of weakness – Putin.
6. TASS: Putin says USSR collapse had greatest impact on him.
7. Kremlin.ru: Meeting with students from Sirius Educational Centre. (transcript continued from JRL#141)
8. Izvestia: Putin seen setting example for dialogue with young people.
9. Moscow Times: Muscovites Hesitant to Protest Housing Demolition Scheme, Poll Finds.
10. Wall Street Journal: Across Russia, Protesters and Kremlin Backers Seek the Upper Hand. In towns like Izhevsk, a reinvigorated opposition is running into efforts to nip the movement in the bud.
11. www.rt.com: Opposition parties challenge restrictions on voter meetings.
12. Paul Goble: Russian Futurologists Missing the Most Important Point, Shelin Says.
13. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin’s No Good, But Where’s the Alternative? No opposition leader can muster a vision inspiring enough to compete.
14. Euromaidanpress.com: For the Chekists, Navalny is the Yeltsin of 1987, Portnikov says.
15. Interfax: Defense finish reviewing evidence in Browder, Cherkasov dossier.
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Feng Shaolei, RUSSIAN-CHINESE EXERCISES IN THE BALTIC AS AN ELEMENT OF A CHANGING WORLD.
17. TASS: Russian energy minister says oil prices may grow in 2017.
18. www.rt.com: OPEC, non-OPEC oil output cuts compliance nears 100% – Russian energy minister.
19. TASS: US sanctions not to be lifted even if Russia meets West’s demands – diplomat.
20. Financial Times: EU ready to retaliate against US sanctions on Russia. Brussels fears effort to punish Moscow’s election meddling will hurt energy companies.
21. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, A choice for Europe: costly US liquified gas versus cheap Russian pipeline gas. The latest anti-Russian sanctions package about to be made law by the US Congress will not materially harm the Russian economy. However it does pose a challenge for Germany and the EU: do they press on buying cheap pipeline gas from Russia or expensive liquified gas from the US.
22. RAND Corporation: Strengthening Strategic Stability with Russia.
23. Sputnik: Huntsman Expected to Bring Bipartisan Support to Post as Ambassador to Russia.
24. www.rt.com: Russia is no longer America’s ‘single’ biggest threat – top US general.
25. Facebook: Fred Weir, Leaks.
26. Consortiumnews.com: Intel Vets Challenge ‘Russia Hack’ Evidence. In a memo to President Trump, a group of former U.S. intelligence officers, including NSA specialists, cite new forensic studies to challenge the claim of the key Jan. 6 “assessment” that Russia “hacked” Democratic emails last year.
27. New York Times editorial: What Did Trump and Putin Tell Each Other?
28. New York Times: Mr. Trump’s Russian Base Beyond the Kremlin. (re Brighton Beach)
29. www.rt.com: Michael McCattrey, Has the fear of Putin seized Hollywood?
30. The Guardian (UK): Shaun Walker, Svetlana Alexievich: ‘After communism we thought everything would be fine. But people don’t understand freedom.’ The Nobel prize-winning author talks about the pressures of life in the Putin era, as her bestselling book on Russian women’s wartime heroism is republished.
31. The American Conservative: Oleg Svet, When Pushing Democracy on Others Backfires. Ex-Obama appointee learned nothing from misguided efforts in Russia. (re Sarah Mendelson)
32. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Massacre Trial.
33. Interfax: U.S. should be more involved in settlement of crisis in eastern Ukraine – Department of State.
34. Reuters: Why Ukrainian Forces Gave Up Crimea Without a Fight-And NATO Is Alert.
35. Awful Avalanche: What Ukraina Has Become – The Diary Of A Kiev Resident.
36. Newsmax.com: David Patten, Rising Anti-Semitism, Ultra-nationalism in Ukraine Raises Concerns.
37. New Eastern Europe: Evgenia Bilchenko, Ukraine’s choice: Nationalism vs. European values.

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