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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#143
Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why are there so many guards in Russia? They watch over anything and everything from Eau de cologne to sandwiches – and they can be seen in almost every nook and cranny in the country.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Love and hate: History of Russia-U.S. relations that you never heard of. Most Russians today consider America their main enemy, and many Americans look suspiciously on Russia’s political leadership. The Arzamas education project decided to take a closer look at this topic and held a series of lectures. RBTH offers a short summary.
3. Foreignpolicy.com: Amie Ferris-Rotman, The Diplomacy of Dog Walking in Russia.
4. Kennan Institute: Izabella Tabarovsky, Americans in the USSR: Changing Hearts and Minds in the Midst of the Cold War. (excerpt)
5. www.rt.com: ‘KGB & billion dollars a year’ fuel RT success, US not keeping up – politician.
6. TASS: Lavrov astonished by mass hysteria among US politicians.
7. The National Interest: George Beebe, Are Russia and America Headed for a Showdown? The situation may have to get worse before cooler heads start to prevail.
8. Sputnik: Matvienko: Russian Presidential Election 2018 Should Encourage Stronger Society.
9. Novaya Gazeta: Russian expert implores Navalny to “get used to criticism.” (Boris Vishnevsky)
10. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, COMPROMISE IMPOSSIBLE: WHAT THE SANCTIONS BILL AGAINST RUSSIA MEANS?
11. The National Interest: Dimitri Alexander Simes, Russia Is Not Happy with Trump’s ‘Reset.’ Moscow was cautiously optimistic about the new administration’s policy towards Russia. It may soon become more confrontational.
12. www.rt.com: Democrats offer new explanation for why Trump won – and it’s not Russia.
13. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, The Party’s Over: America’s Post-Soviet Power Trip Is Coming to an End. The Pentagon concludes that it no longer enjoys the luxury of global dominance. Is this the beginning of a new era?
14. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, New U.S. Sanctions on Russia Are a Mixed Bag. Europeans are rightly wary that promoting U.S. exports is an ulterior motive.
15. Global Times: Sino-Russian trade to benefit from increased US sanctions.
16. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Patrick Lang, Beat Navy! Beat Russia! Beat everyone! (see comments)
17. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, NATO-Ukrainian Moldova Gambit.
18. Awful Avalanche: Transnistrian President Talks To Ukrainian Reporters.
19. www.opendemocracy.net: Vladimir Soloviev, An ideal conflict on the Dniester. Twenty five years after the end of the war, a resolution to the frozen conflict over Transnistria seems no closer. This situation suits plenty of people at the top just fine.
20. TASS: Press review: Malorossiya as an EU taboo and Moldova’s animosity to Russian peacekeepers.
21. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The project of the century: 10 facts about Europe’s longest bridge. Since 2014, Russia has been working tirelessly on the monumental project, which will eclipse Portugal’s Vasco da Gama Bridge by two kilometers. (re Crimea)
22. TASS: Kremlin comments on US potentially funneling weapons to Kiev.
23. Interfax: Ukraine’s western partners to decide next steps on Donbas settlement based on Volker’s trip results.
24. Washington Post editorial: Congress’s drastic – but necessary – rebuke to Trump. Passing the Russia sanctions bill is essential.
25. Russia Insider: Russell O’Phobe, Sensational Report: Is Russiagate a Hoax Ordered by Vladimir Putin? The Russians may have developed the capability to create elaborate hoaxes that turn the US into a laughing stock in the eyes of outsiders.
26. Washington Post: Kimberly Marten, President Trump, keep in mind that Russia and the West think about negotiations very, very differently.
27. https://fivethirtyeight.com: Julia Azari, Why Russia Revelations Never Seem To Change Anything.
28. PONARS Eurasia: See our updated list of course syllabi & recommended reading.
29. Sean’s Russia Blog Podcasts: Russia and Its Near Abroad and Protest in Putin’s Russia.

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