RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-168 :: Friday, 1 September 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#168
Friday, 1 September 2017

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1. Kyiv Post: After two years of training, Azov Regiment itches to return to war.
2. TASS: Mortality from all main causes of death on decline in Russia – health minister.
3. Sputnik: Putin Reveals Who Will Be the Lord of the World.
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4. Deutsche Welle: Teacher for a day: Vladimir Putin lectures Russian schoolchildren.
5. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening of the Primakov Regional School, Moscow Region, September 1, 2017.
6. Intersection: Fyodor Krasheninnikov, A flawed constitution. Russia’s constitution: Why it does not work and what can be done about it.
7. Vedomosti: Russian president’s new civil service academy viewed.
8. The Russian Reader: The Best Russia Experts Don’t Live in Russia, or, Crypto-Putinism.
9. Facebook: Fred Weir, Guillory on Gessen.
10. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, Lame-Duck Putinism.
11. Bear Market Brief: In One Word, Recovering: An Interview with Iikka Korhonen.
12. Ben Aris, Russia’s manufacturing PMI index was down slightly in August, but still in positive territory.
13. Sputnik: Russians’ inflation expectations for 12 months fall to historic low.
14. The Independent Barents Observer: Little cash for Russia’s new Arctic development program. Ambitions are sky-high, but much hinges on private investments.
15. TASS: Russia ready to counter ‘excessive domination’ of certain reserve currencies – Putin.
16. BRICS: Towards New Horizons of Strategic Partnership.
17. AP: A Brief Explainer on the BRICS Summit in China’s Xiamen.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Prokhor Tebin, DOES EUROPE REALLY DEPEND ON NATO?
9. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, Being Knowledgeable in Russian Is Harder Than You Think.
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines: 7 of the weirdest Russian museums you won’t find anywhere else. These museums are true exceptions, there’s no doubt about it. As well as taking a trip underground to Stalin’s bunker you can see bizarre coffins, a bear trap used to steal a car, and death masks…
21. US performs ‘individual breakdance’ instead of paired tango – Lavrov.
22. AP: Diplomatic tit-for-tat between Russia and the US escalates.
23. TASS: Kommersant: Washington ups the ante in Russian-US diplomatic standoff.
24. Moscow Times: In Russian-U.S. Standoff, Cultural Exchange Suffers. Major staff cuts have hit the U.S. Embassy’s cultural programs hard.
25. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia and America’s Tit For Tat Continues. Vladimir Putin has to decide whether pride requires a Russian response, or whether he is willing to accept the current state of play and stop the cycle altogether.
26. US Department of State: Senior Administration Official on Russia.
27. White House to block Russian ownership in major American oil company – WSJ.
28. AP: California Governor Traveling to Russia to Discuss Climate.
29. Tillerson moves toward accepting funding for fighting Russian propaganda.
30. Russia weaponizes salmon in hybrid war on UK fisheries. Vladimir Putin has harnessed the power of the sea in a continuing effort to undermine the West.
31. Russia Insider: More Top Russian Businessmen Likely to be Caught in New Sanctions Net. Strong evidence that the West will freeze assets and block travel of significantly more Russians than in the past.
32. TASS: Last Soviet leader Gorbachev’s autobiography to be released on September 16.
33. The Economist: The story of a good man. How Mikhail Gorbachev ended the cold war. The peasant boy turned Communist Party boss who liberated his people from 70 years of lies and buried the Soviet Union. (re Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman)
34. Russia Reviewed: September booklist.
35. Central Intelligence Agency: Erik Jens, Cold War Spy Fiction in Russian Popular Culture: From Suspicion to Acceptance via Seventeen Moments of Spring. (declassified document)
36. Boston Globe: Bryan Marquard, Marshall Goldman, 87, Wellesley professor who studied Soviet economy. Dr. Goldman wrote more than a dozen books and also had been a senior scholar at Harvard University.

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