RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-167 :: Thursday, 31 August 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#167
Thursday, 31 August 2017

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1. Catastrophic Hurricane Harvey Confirmed As Russian Weather Weapon Retaliation Attack. (except)
2. Sputnik: US Closes Russia’s Consulate in San Francisco, Compounds in NYC, Washington.
3. Interfax: Russians worry most about price rise, poverty, unemployment – poll.
4. Financial Times: Lilia Shevtsova, Russia’s dual response to the west creates policy confusion. Those who once tried to build a partnership declare Moscow has chosen confrontation.
5. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, The West’s Values And Moscow’s Ambitions.
6. TASS: Forbes reveals this century’s 100 most influential Russians.
8. Vedomosti: Olga Churakova, Dmitry Medvedev may remain premier after 2018. Second candidate for this post is Sergei Sobyanin, authors of “Politburo 2.0” report believe.
9. Flash mobs, memes & selfies: Election Commission aims to boost voter turnout.
10. Russian EconMin tries to crack low productivity ahead of 2018 election.
11. Bloomberg: What Jolted Russia’s Investments Is About to Fizzle Out. From pipelines to cash registers, the factors that caused last quarter’s pickup in investment are only temporary.
12. Bloomberg: Russia Expands Grip on Wheat Exports as Asia Set to Buy More.
13. Transitions Online: Caspian Sea Shrinking at Alarming Rate, Scientists Say. Rising temperatures linked to climate change are most likely responsible for steadily falling water levels in the Caspian Sea, a new study contends.
14. Interfax: Russia gets no ‘3-stage normalization plan’ from U.S. – new ambassador.
15. Sputnik: Russian-US Confrontation Futile, Conflict to Reveal No Winner – Ambassador.
16. Interfax: U.S. consulates general in Russia technically incapable of issuing visas for now – diplomat.
17. TASS: RBC: US diplomatic staff cutbacks bound to harm cultural ties with Russia.
18. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan, Yes, Russian Generals Are Preparing for War. That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean the Kremlin Wants to Start One.
19. Interfax: Europe’s fears concerning Zapad 2017 exercise baseless, far-fetched – senator Klintsevich.
20. Sputnik: Afghanistan Wants Russia, Not US to Help Restore Peace in Country – Ambassador.
22. Philadelphia Inquirer: George Parry, Will special counsel Mueller examine the DNC server, source of the great Russiagate caper?
23. Washington Post: Ed Rogers, The Trump-Russia story survives, even as evidence of collusion fades.
24. The Guardian: Russia’s bridge link with Crimea moves nearer to completion. Installation of railway arch above Kerch Strait is key phase in Kremlin’s plan to integrate peninsula seized from Ukraine.
25. Fort Russ: Eduard Popov, The End of Minsk-2: Kiev’s “Re-Integrating Donbass” Plan Means War.
26. Atlantic Council: Stephen Blank, How Trump Can Get Putin’s Attention.
27. The National Interest: Julie Thompson, Why Lethal Aid Can’t Help Ukraine.Arming Ukraine could put the United States in an awkward position vis-à-vis its NATO allies.
28. Bookforum: Sean Guillory, Arrested Development. Masha Gessen offers a familiar diagnosis of her home country.

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