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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#157
Monday, 14 August 2017

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1. Ordinary Russians cite low living standards as nation’s top problem.
2. Russia industrial production is rising in all eight federal districts.
3. The World Today (UK): Fyodor Lukyanov, Putin’s Viennese waltz. Russia’s foreign policy aims to restore a global Concert of Nations.
4. The National Interest: Dimitri K. Simes, The Costs of Ignoring Russia. Current mutual hostility threatens an explosive confrontation.
5. Thomas Graham, The problem isn’t Putin, it’s Russia. As relations worsen, US must realize Russia will not soon, if ever, become a liberal democracy.
6. Intersection: Georgy Bovt, Without reforms, economic sclerosis awaits. What are Putin’s economic policy options if he retains power in 2018?
7. Sputnik: Against All Odds: Russian Economy on the Rise Despite New US Sanctions.
8. Daria Skibo, Five years of Russia’s Foreign Agent law. Russia’s Foreign Agent law has made the existence of many NGOs practically impossible. But solidarity is rising among organisations that are working against these restrictions.
9. Fort Russ/Vesti: Russia prepares for local September elections and more than 200 referendums.
10. Financial Times: Russia’s recovering economy fears US sanctions chill. Rising investment threatened by uncertainty over measures approved by Donald Trump.
11. Awful Avalanche: Natasha vs Matilda – New Russian Culture War – Part IV.
12. Interfax: Russia setting priorities of its EAEU presidency – Medvedev.
13. New York Times: Russia-West Balancing Act Grows Ever More Wobbly in Belarus.
14. Finian Cunningham, Zapped over Zapad: NATO double think on war games reaches brain-dead condition.
15. Vedomosti: Russian daily warns of “accidental” war between US, N Korea.
16. Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Moscow Ponders Trump’s Fire and Fury.
17. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexander Maryasov, AFGHANISTAN: STABILIZATION IS FAR AWAY.
18. ‘US campaign in Afghanistan has failed, troops should leave’ – Russian envoy.
19. Washington Post: Josh Rogin, How Trump could improve U.S.-Russia relations – and head off an arms race. It would take will and skill, however, to masterfully update U.S.-Russia arms-control agreements.
20. Robert Parry, Russia-gate’s Fatally Flawed Logic. By pushing the Russia-gate “scandal” and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea.
21. Paul Goble: Fascism Remains a Greater Threat in Russia than in the US, Mitrokhin Says.
22. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, Trump’s weakness against Putin is on display – again.
23. Kyiv Post: Kseniya Kirillova, Advice for Americans traveling to Russia.
24. RFE/RL: Former Chess Champion Kasparov Set For Onetime Return From Retirement.
25. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians mocking stereotypes will make you miss the good ol’ Soviet times. You can either fight the stereotypes about your country or confirm them. And if you’re going to confirm them, you might as well take it to the extreme comrades!
26. New York Times: Kristen R. Ghodsee, Why Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism.
27. AP: US Debate on Arming Ukraine Puts Pressure on Russia, Trump.
28. Sputnik: Political Barrier: Why Ukrainian Crisis Resolution Under Poroshenko Impossible.
29. Hromadske (Kyiv): Ukrainians Are Ready to Compromise on the East – Within Limits.
30. Euromaidan Press: Vitaly Portnikov, The Kremlin’s new preoccupation: how to get out of the Donbas.
31. Alexander Mercouris, German FDP leader calls on Germany to recognise Russian Crimea; end sanctions on Russia. Crack in German consensus on sanctions as Christine Lindner head of Germany’s FDP says sanctions policy has failed and time has come to face reality by recognising Crimea as Russian.
32. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at the Terra Scientia on Klyazma River National Educational Youth Forum, Vladimir Region, August 11, 2017.

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