RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-156 :: Friday, 11 August 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#156
Friday, 11 August 2017

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1. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Why Some U.S. Ex-Spies Don’t Buy the Russia Story. Evidence that undermines the “election hack” narrative should get more attention.
2. Caitlin Johnston, The Big Fat Compendium Of Russiagate Debunkery.
3. Bloomberg: Valerie Stivers, Moscow’s Makeover Swaps Soviet Grit for Urban Sparkle. Smart city apps, historically accurate trees, a working subway. While Washington obsesses over sanctions and hacks, Russia is rebranding its capital as a model of urban planning.
4. Financial Times: Kathrin Hille, Back to the land: Russia’s farming transformation. Can government policy and a new foodie class turn the country into an agricultural force?
5. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 10 AUGUST 2017.
8. William Echols, Alexey Navalny and the moral pillars of democracy. Will the restoration of democratic institutions in Russia usher in a liberal paradise? The answer could very well be “no”.
9. Stalinists target Siberian monument to last Russian tsar.
10. Awful Avalanche: Natasha vs Matilda – New Russian Culture War – Part II.
11. TASS: Press Review: Izvestia: Interest of Russians in goods and services highest since 2014. [scroll down after clicking link]
12. Interfax: Econ Min approves creation of priority development areas in 11 mono-cities.
13. Valdai Discussion Club: Danila Bochkarev, RUSSIAN GAS GOES TO NEW MARKETS.
14. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Website says Europe caught between Russia, USA over gas.
15. Sputnik: ‘Window of Opportunities’: Why US Sanctions Likely to Boost Russian Economy.
16. The Economist editorial: Contact averts conflict. Why Russia is foolish not to invite NATO observers to its war games. Instead, the biggest exercises in Europe since the cold war will be conducted amid secrecy and mistrust.
17. The Economist: Putin the boots in Belarus. Russia’s biggest war game in Europe since the cold war alarms NATO. Some fear that Zapad 2017 could be a cover for skullduggery.
18. Russia does not accept a nuclear North Korea – Lavrov.
19. Izvestia: Expert says safe zones good for Russian-US Syria cooperation.
20. Business Insider: Russia appears to be winning the hearts and minds of Afghanistan better than the US.
21. Bloomberg: Meghan L. O’Sullivan, The One Big Problem With New Russia Sanctions. Congress won’t let Trump waive penalties, which gives Moscow no reason to change its behavior.
22. Reuters: Josh Cohen, Signing a new Russia sanctions bill shouldn’t stop Trump trying to get closer to Putin.
23. Moscow Times: Washington May Force Russia to Close Consulate Amid Diplomatic Spat.
24. The Hill: Ex-Russia ambassador rails against Trump over praise of Putin. (Michael McFaul)
25. Russia Reviewed: Even more Russia-writing sins.
26. Moon of Alabama: NYT – Russia Wants Innovation, But It’s Arresting Its Fraudsters.
27. The Federalist: Herbert Meyer, Why It’s Panic Time For Vladimir Putin.
28. Kyiv Post editorial: Twist Putin’s arm.
29. Business Insider: Ukrainian soldiers are pretending to be SEAL Team 6 to scare Russian-backed separatists.
30. Interfax: Donbas conflict sides trade truce breach accusations.
31. Sputnik: Operations on Russian Railroad Bypassing Ukraine to Start This Year.
32. The Unz Review: The Saker, Debunking the Myths About Weapons Deliveries to the Ukraine.
33. New York Times: Marshall I. Goldman, Expert on Russian Economy, Dies at 87.

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