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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#155
Thursday, 10 August 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: How foreign architects are changing the face of Moscow. American, Dutch, German and other architects known for their projects in New York, Utrecht, London and Oslo are rebuilding the Russian capital.
2. Russia International Affairs Council: Igor Ivanov, In Search of a Common Home.
3. Meeting with Accounts Chamber Chairperson Tatyana Golikova. (“to discuss the results of the organisation’s work over the first half-year and the state of progress on instructions given following the Direct Line event”)
4. Alexander Mercouris, Capital outflow this year from Russia has been a good thing. Here’s why.
5. RFE/RL: Released Russian Activist Udaltsov Vows To Continue Protests, Won’t Back Navalny.
6. Interfax: Udaltsov plans to consolidate Left Front, urges left forces to nominate sole presidential candidate.
7. Russia’s Communists Pursue a Red Revival.
8. Vedomosti: Russian sociologist talks about Putin’s changing image. (Lev Gudkov)
9. Dissent in Russia: a festival of disobedience? What kind of freedom do the latest wave of protesters want? Has a new kind of Russian emerged since the collapse of the USSR? The conclusion of our interview with one of Russia’s leading sociologists, Lev Gudkov.
10. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, A New Martin Luther? A Russian Conservative on James Damore. (Egor Kholmogorov)
11. TASS: Russian director seeks to submit his controversial movie Matilda for Academy Award.
12. AP: Controversial Film About Russian Czar Cleared for Release.
13. Awful Avalanche: Natasha vs Matilda – New Russian Culture War – Part I.
14. Russian and Eurasian Studies: Gordon Hahn, The Problem with Demo-Promo is Not Demo-Promo Per Se.
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Jacob Shapiro, VALDAI PAPER #73: RUSSIA-US RELATIONS AND THE FUTURE OF SYRIA.
16. Al-Monitor; Laura Rozen, US touts success of Syria cease-fire negotiated with Russia.
17. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Don’t Expect Anti-Russian Ardor from Germany. Germans are looking for a rapprochement with Russia. One popular politician wants to ensure they get it.
18. TASS: Poll: Most Americans want Russia’s alleged meddling in US elections to be investigated.
19. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Unverified ‘Russiagate’ Allegations, Irresponsibly Promoted by Congress and the Media, Have Become a Grave Threat to American National Security. President Trump is right, relations with Russia are “at an all-time & very dangerous low,” and the US political-media establishment is making them worse.
20. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Baunov, Russia Sanctions and American Splits. The latest U.S. sanctions on Moscow and the expulsion of U.S. diplomats from Russia are not only hurting relations with Russia but also causing divisions between Western politicians.
21. The National Interest: Dave Majumdar, Is Cooperation between Moscow and Washington Possible after Sanctions?
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: A Tu-154 over Washington: How Russia and the U.S. enhance cooperation. A Russian spy plane was spotted above the White House this month, ruffling a few feathers in Washington – but it wasn’t that long ago that U.S. and Russian troops were walking hand in hand through Red Square.
23. The Nation: Patrick Lawrence, A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack. Former NSA experts say it wasn’t a hack at all, but a leak-an inside job by someone with access to the DNC’s system.
24. The Russia-Did-It Certitude Challenged. Many mainstream news outlets confessed to their gullibility over the Iraq-WMD claims, but have fallen into another groupthink over Russia-gate, as Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein heard from ex-U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray.
25. Washington Times: Tracking tool charts how Russian bots target U.S. divisions.
26. The Root: THE BLACK GUIDE TO RUSSIA. How Russia Used Racism to Hack White Voters.
27. Security Studies Group: Brad Patty, Understanding Russian Propaganda.
28. AFP: Top cardinal aims to set up Pope visit to Russia.
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Game of Plenums: how Communist leaders fought over Stalin’s throne. Immediately following Stalin’s death, his inner circle was embroiled in a merciless power struggle. Proximity to the deceased autocrat was actually a compromising factor that could cost one their life. In the end, Nikita Khrushchev won, and the losers ended up dead – some politically, and others literally.

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