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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#166
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

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1. Sputnik: Rising Tide: ‘We Are Losing Habitat’ as Arctic Ice Rapidly Melting.
2. NiemanLab: Stories about Russia “are so hot right now” – so BuzzFeed is partnering with Meduza for more substantive Russia reporting. “There’s an enormous interest in Russia we really haven’t seen since the Cold war.”
3. Paul Goble: Kremlin Can Count on Eight Kinds of Defenders of Status Quo, Shevtsova Says.
4. Bloomberg: Russian Ports and Railways Start to Feel Strain of Giant Harvest.
5. Russia’s economy runs up against structural limits again.
6. Ben Aris, Fears of a banking crisis send Russia’s repo deal volume soaring.
7. Reuters: Russia Bank Rescue Eases Market Concerns About Contagion.
8. Bloomberg: Russia Offers Emergency Bank Aid to Prevent Otkritie Contagion.
9. Vestnik Kavkaza: Medvedev: Russian economy starts to grow.
10. AP Interview: Russian Economy Boss: Sanctions No Longer Bite.
11. Sputnik: New US Sanctions Open Up Opportunities for European Partners – Russian Minister.
12. TASS: RBC: Moscow reports drop in military spending.
13. Kenneth Rapoza, Remember Those Funny European Sanctions Against Russia?
14. Energy-rich Russian Arctic region boasts $100bn in investment.
15. Kenneth Rapoza, When Russia Finally Hops On Shale Bandwagon, OPEC Is Finished.
16. TASS: Nearly 1,500 Russian athletes take doping tests in 2016 – report.
17. Rethinking Russia: Anna Velikaya, Nation-Branding: the Case of Russia.
18. National Catholic Reporter: Jonathan Luxmoore, Russia’s Catholics react skeptically to Cardinal Parolin’s visit. First visit by a senior Vatican official since 1999 offers some peace, conjecture.
19. Vedomosti: Pavel Kantyshev and Yelizaveta Sergina, Russian officials fear that their correspondence is read by US special services. They want to force operators to redirect internet traffic from abroad to Russia.
20. Reuters: Germany keen to avoid new ‘ice age’ in ties between Russia, West.
21. Russia Matters: Russia in Syria Monitor, Aug. 22-29, 2017.
22. Sputnik: Fearful Finns See ‘Trojan Horse’ in Historic Russian Sailboat.
23. The National Interest: Peter Zwack, Zapad 2017: Should We Fear Russia’s Latest Military Dress Rehearsal? The Russian military is now a sharpened policy tool of choice for an emboldened but strategically defensive regime that relies on preemption. (excerpt)
24. Global Times: Dmitri Trenin, China sanctions hint of what’s to come.
25. Kennan Institute: Pavel Luzin, Cooperation in Space Can Still Bridge Differences Between U.S. and Russia.
26. Moscow Times: Igor Ivanov, How Kazakhstan Could Help Prevent Nuclear War. A nuclear storage facility in Kazakhstan is a timely reminder of why Russia and the United States must cooperate on the international stage.
27. Russian International Affairs Council: Maria Gurova, How to Tame the Cyber Beast?
28. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Ukrainian crisis: Is there a way out?
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Alexandra Guzeva, 112 Russian writers ranging from great, to absolutely freaking great. Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky don’t need an introduction, but there are many other Russian writers no less great than this super duo. Who is No. 1 in Russian literature and who’s not much of a genius? Find out in our ranking, and feel free to express your point of view in the comment section below. (except)
30. Sputnik: Kremlin Sheds Light on Trump Tower Construction “Grand Conspiracy”
31. Robert Parry, More Misleading Russia-gate Propaganda.The U.S. mainstream media is touting a big break in Russia-gate, emails showing an effort by Donald Trump’s associates to construct a building in Moscow. But the evidence actually undercuts the “scandal”
32. To inform is to influence/Boycott Russia Today: RT reading list.

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