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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#158
Tuesday, 15 August 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Quiz: How Russian at heart are you? You might live in Peru and speak the indigenous language of Quechua, or live in Paris and speak French, but you might be more Russian at heart than you think! This test shouldn’t be taken seriously, but feel free to eat some blinis or drink a mugful of kvass before you start.
2. Moscow Times: Life Expectancy in Russia Reaches 72 Years for First Time.
3. TASS: Russians consider wages, economy and social policy as main domestic problems – poll.
4. TASS: Press Review: Vedomosti: Economic crisis no longer major concern for Russians.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Demands on Russian Foreign Policy And Its Drivers: Looking Out Five Years. Russia’s foreign policy priorities in the coming years hinge upon solidifying Russia’s great power status outside the post-Soviet space as well as reducing the country’s political isolation.
6. TASS: One million signatures in support of legal ban on abortion gathered in Russia.
7. Russia Beyond the Headlines: 3 ways to move to Russia, navigate the bureaucracy and not go insane. So you decided to move to Russia. Congratulations! Welcome to our country! However, you won’t be spared the red tape unless you’re someone like Gerard Depardieu, who became Russian in 2013 by personal decree of Vladimir Putin.
8. AP: Pint by Pint, a Hoppy Revolution Is Brewing in Russia.
9. TASS: Press Review: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia’s economic recovery might end quickly without additional investments.
10. Seeking Alpha: Some Growth Optimism From The Russian Regional Data.
11. Financial Times: Post-Soviet states rise up rankings for conducting business.
12. Fort Russ/ Trust in Russian economy at two-year high.
13. Reuters: U.S. sanctions hit Russian hopes of a ‘Trump bump’ for investment.
14. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Piketty Zeroes In on Putin’s Pain Point. The West should stop relying on sanctions and instead target Russia’s massive offshore wealth.
15. Sputnik: Russia Seeks to Convince Iran to Remain in Nuclear Deal.
16. Anton Mardasov, Russia re-examines relationship with Iran.
17. TASS: Press Review: Izvestia: US might limit movement of Russian diplomats.
18. TASS: Moscow to respond in kind to new US moves against Russian diplomatic missions.
19. Rethinking Russia: Nikolay Pakhomov, Donald Trump is America’s Boris Yeltsin. What The Two Presidents Have In Common.
20. Bryan MacDonald, Is ‘Putin’s Russia’ responsible for the Ku Klux Klan?
21. TASS: Expert comments on US-North Korea conflict.
22. The Guardian (UK): Bruce Cumings, Americans once carpet-bombed North Korea. It’s time to remember that past. The US air force subjected North Koreans to three years of ‘rain and ruin’. It was a living nightmare – one that still haunts the country to this day.
23. TASS: US mulling new ways of toppling Venezuela’s leader, including military option – expert.
24. The National Interest: Graham Allison, America and Russia: Back to Basics. However demonic, however destructive, however devious, however deserving of being strangled Russia is, the brute fact is that we cannot kill this bastard without committing suicide.
25. New York Times: Fiona Hill, Stop Blaming Putin and Start Helping Him.
26. Russia Matters: Fiona Hill on Russia: Insights and Recommendations.
27. 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. [Transcript continued]

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