RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-145 :: Thursday, 27 July 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#145
Thursday, 27 July 2017

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1. Number of atheists in Russia halves in 3 years – poll.
2. The Nation: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Realism on Russia. We must investigate claims of Russian interference in the election, while also de-escalating a dangerous crisis.
3. Wall Street Journal: New Challenge to U.S. Power: Chinese Exceptionalism. Once-reticent citizens now see their country as ascendant-and America in decline.
4. Meeting with representatives of socially oriented and charitable organisations and volunteer movements.
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines: When police are powerless: How volunteers search and find missing persons. Last year about 200,000 reports of missing people were filed with police in Russia. Law-enforcement officers, however, are often slow to respond. So, what can people do about this?
6. Meeting of the Agency of Strategic Initiatives Supervisory Board.
7. Novaya Gazeta: Strelkov debate seen as political defeat for Navalny. (Kirill Martynov)
8. Paul Goble: Kremlin Plan to Make Fight for Justice Centerpiece of Putin Campaign Seen Backfiring.
9. Reuters: Russia Risks Decades of Low Growth Under U.S. Sanctions: Putin Adviser. (Alexei Kudrin)
10. Russia Insider: Jon Hellevig, Study: Russia Insulated From Further Sanctions by Import Substitution Success.Russia’s national security and sovereignty buttressed by import substitution.
11. Bloomberg: Why Russia’s Market Is Rising After Sanctions Bill Approval.
12. TASS: Press review: Kommersant: Russian tit-for-tat sanctions against US imminent.
13. Sputnik: Russia’s Response to US Russia Sanctions Should Be ‘Constructive’ – Russian MP.
14. Moscow Times: Moscow Hears Political Saber Rattling in Fresh U.S. Sanctions Vote.
15. Deutsche Welle: Germany wary of US sanctions against Russia. Policymakers and economic organizations in Germany are getting increasingly nervous about the latest round of sanctions against Russia that the US administration looks set to implement. Energy sector firms are alarmed.
16. Tim Worstall, This Is How Trade Wars Start – EU Threatens To Retaliate Against US Sanctions On Russia.
17. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Lawmakers Need a Russia Sanctions Strategy with an Exit Plan. History shows that the lack of flexibility or graduation mechanisms in congressional sanctions can create unnecessary complications for the United States.
18. The Nation: James Garden, Was Trump Wrong to End the CIA’s Train-and-Equip Program in Syria? Why the rush to condemn Trump’s only smart decision since taking office?
19. German exports to Russia forecast to grow by 20% in 2017.
20. Georgian Journal of Systemic Politics: Pavel Koshkin, DIALOGUE SUSPENDED: WHY NON-PARTISAN JOURNALISM LOSES ITS ALLURE. (re Russia Direct)
21. Global Comment: Natalia Antonova, #WednesdayWisdom: How to Become a Russia Expert in 5 Easy Steps.
22. New York Times: Dwight Garner, Russian Women Speak Up About the Front Lines and the Home Front. (re THE UNWOMANLY FACE OF WAR An Oral History of Women in World War II By Svetlana Alexievich)
23. Kyiv Post: Presidential Administration confirms suspension of Saakashvili’s citizenship.
24. Interfax-Ukraine: Savchenko intends to run for president of Ukraine.
25. Moritz Pieper, New US sanctions bill on Russia threatens to further erode Minsk agreement. The diplomatic spat over new US Russia sanctions risks eroding common US-EU position on Ukraine conflict.
26. Dmitry Babich, Ukraine cuts energy to Donetsk-Germany’s press reverts to its dark past. Kiev has left Donetsk totally in the dark with all electricity supplies cut off. The ensuing humanitarian disaster has been not only ignored by the German media, but there are alarming similarities in today’s press with how press outlets from Germany and central Europe spoke of the same places in the 1940s.
27. The Broker: Volodymyr Ishchenko, The limits of change and wishful thinking: lessons from Ukraine’s Euromaidan uprising.

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