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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#16
Thursday, 19 January 2017

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1. NPR (National Public Radio): How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert’s Take. (Thomas Graham)
2. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Sergei Karaganov, A Year of Victories. What’s Next?
3. The Nation: Nadezda Azhgikhina, It’s Not Too Late for an Honest Russian-American Dialogue. People from both countries must return to the simple idea of discussing our problems-and our solutions-openly with each other.
4. ‘New Russia’ political movement to promote reforms in economy & state management.
5. Moscow Times: Poll finds 45% of Russians Dissatisfied With The Country’s Situation.
6. Reuters: Exclusive: Kremlin Plans Special Clinic for Putin’s Top Officials.
7. Russia Beyond the Headlines: World Bank urges Russia to invest in education and health care. A new World Bank report shifts from the usual criticism of Russian dependence on raw materials toward the nation’s need to invest more in the population in order for them to be best prepared for the challenges of modernity.
8. TASS: Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctions. (Maksim Oreshkin)
9. TASS: First deputy PM says investment flow into Russian economy will start soon. (Igor Shuvalov)
10. Reuters: Oil and Trump: Russians full of optimism in Davos.
11. AP: Russian Business World Hopes for Relief From Trump.
12. TASS: ‘We shouldn’t kid ourselves’: Russian PM says sanctions most likely to stay in place. (Medvedev)
13. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, The Fight Over a Trump-Putin Détente Begins. Events this past week make clear that Trump was serious about changing US policy toward Russia, and the enemies of détente know it. Lessons from the past.
14. Bloomberg: Russia Fears That Trump Won’t Be Such a Great Deal After All.
15.; Melvin Goodman, America’s Russian Problem.
16. Wall Street Journal: NASA Looks to Reserve More Seats on Russian Spacecraft for U.S. Astronauts. Agency admits Boeing, SpaceX craft unlikely to be ready to transport American crews by 2018.
17. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Mikhail Rostovsky: Trump’s proposal for nuclear deal with Russia underscores US president’s characteristics. There will be no exchange: Why new American head does not ‘cast in granite’
18. The White House: Remarks by the President in Final Press Conference. (excerpt re Russia)
19. Kremlin denies Obama’s claim on nukes, says Moscow always ready to cut nuclear arms.
0. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Vzglyad: Will a Pentagon ‘mad dog’ be a threat to Russia? The new U.S. Secretary of Defense, retired Marine General James N. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, won’t be shy in taking a tough stance toward Russia. It is believed that he will live up to his brash reputation and plans to meet Russia head-on, yet he remains open for cooperation and is willing to be pragmatic.
21. BBC Monitoring: Russian official hints US adoption ban could be repealed.
22. TASS: Moscow cannot recognize legitimacy of Washington’s actions regarding its property in US.
24. The Independent (UK): Hamish McRae, If the EU wants to survive after Brexit it should build closer ties with Russia.
25. ‘More than resources depot’: Russian Arctic Forum program presented to diplomats.
26. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Everything you wanted to know about Russian hackers, but were afraid to ask. Who are the mysterious Russian hackers who allegedly stole the American presidential election from Hillary Clinton, and who have broken through the security systems of major banks and companies? Are they fact or fantasy? Bogeymen or genuine threats? RBTH tries to find answers to these questions.
27. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin Starts to Win American Minds, if Not Hearts
28. Sputnik: Soviet Jokes Kept Secret for Decades in Recently Declassified CIA Docs.
29. 12 Signs Russia Is Exercising Influence On America.
30. Los Angeles Time: Six agencies – including FBI, CIA, Treasury – probing possible Russian aid to Trump’s campaign: sources.
31. TASS: Researchers compare Russian and British first-graders’ learning abilities.
32. Ukrinform (Kyiv): Liberation of Donbas from militants to start in autumn – Tuka.
33. Reuters: Ukrainian MPs Demand Probe Into Former Pilot Savchenko, Allege Treason.
34. MORITZ GATHMANN & COLLEAGUES, The whole Pravda about Russian propaganda. Are articles about Russian propaganda now more widely read than Russian propaganda itself? A roundtable discussion.

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