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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#172
Thursday, 7 September 2017

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1. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Does Putin Really Want to ‘Destabilize the West’? Just as there is no forensic evidence of a Kremlin “attack on our democracy” in 2016, there is no political logic for Putin’s alleged motives.
2. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, In capitalist Russia, a socialist garden flourishes. While its peers were snapped up by land developers and agricultural giants in the post-Soviet era, the Lenin Sovkhoz collective farm used capitalist means to create a socialist success story.
3. TASS: Poll reveals 84% of Russians approve of Putin’s performance.
4. Best jokes by Vladimir Putin. The best moments of Vladimir Putin’s humor in one video.
5. TASS: Putin says all countries, including US, benefit from cooperation with Russia.
6. Plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum.
7. TASS: Poll shows most Russians confident authorities can shield them from terrorism.
8. Vedomosti: Pundits comment on think-tank rating of Putin’s successors.
9. Vedomosti: Russian Duma’s role in upcoming presidential election viewed.
10. Russian elections boss reports of additional measures to boost transparency of upcoming polls.
11. Geohistory: Russia on the Ground – August, 2017.
12. Russian institutions beat CEE peers on world university ranking.
13. Moscow Times: Russian Flight Attendants Win Aeroflot Discrimination Case.
14. Ben Aris, Russia’s banking sector on the edge again.
15. The Baffler: Hannah Gais, Who’s Afraid of the Russian Soul? Russophobia reveals more about us than about them.
16. TASS: Izvestia: Moscow has many options to retaliate against US seizure of diplomatic property – ex-ambassador.
17. Interfax: Moscow has many options to retaliate against U.S. handling of Russian diplomatic property – ex-Ambassador Kislyak.
18. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s comment on the seizure of Russian diplomatic buildings by US authorities.
19. Travelers Suffer as US-Russia Relations Worsen.
20. Washington Post: Sam Nunn and Ernest J. Moniz, Deep U.S.-Russia malaise calls for a liaison between Trump and Congress.
21. The Saker, Putin: “It is difficult to talk to people who confuse Austria and Australia”
22. Moscow Times: Former Russian Ambassador to U.S. Relieved to Rejoin ‘World of Normal People’
23. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 6 SEPTEMBER 2017.
24. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Kortunov, Hybrid Cooperation: A New Model for Russia-EU Relations.
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, EURASIA: DOOMED TO DIVISION?
26. Pepe Escobar, The BRICS strike back.
27. Kyiv Post: Olena Goncharova and Oleg Sukhov, Poroshenko says Russia preparing for more war, urges parliament to speed up reforms.
28. AP: US cautiously welcomes Russia’s call for UN force in Ukraine.
29. The Hollywood Reporter: Hedge Fund Manager Teams With Oscar-Winning Screenwriter to Take on Vladimir Putin. (William Browder)
30. New book: Alex Krater, The Killing of William Browder: Deconstructing Bill Browder’s Dangerous Deception.
31. Moscow Times: Alina Safronova, A Mysterious ‘Masquerade’ Comes to the Bolshoi.

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