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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#174
Monday, 11 September 2017

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1. Russia Beyond: 3 bizarre Soviet projects straight out of a science fiction novel. (excerpt re climate weapon)
2. Ruling-party candidates lead election races in 16 Russian regions.
3. Interfax: United Democrats win over 260 seats in Moscow municipal assemblies – Gudkov.
4. Vladimir Putin cast his vote during municipal elections in Moscow.
5. TASS: Elections show Russians support Putin’s human resource policy – Kremlin.
6. Kenneth Rapoza, In Russia’s Latest Election, Putin’s Party Keeps On Winning.
7. Meduza: Recapping Sunday’s elections: United Russia sweeps gubernatorial races, while ‘United Democrats’ break through in Moscow.
8. The National Interest: Uliana Malashenko, The Municipal Election in Moscow: Amateur Politicians Against Silence. The importance of the elections cannot be overstated. They testify to the underlying ferment in Russian society.
9. Celebrations of Moscow’s 870th anniversary.
10. TASS: Russians dub Moscow nation’s educational and career opportunity capital – poll.
11. TASS: Putin says Russian economy gaining momentum, citizens will gradually feel positive factors.
12. Bear Market Brief: Putin calls for living wage.
13. TASS: Russian economy becoming less dependent on energy prices – PM Medvedev.
14. TASS: PM Medvedev wants Russia to achieve GDP growth higher than that of global economy.
15. Bear Market Brief: MinEcon sees ‘China-proof’ budget.
16. Ben Aris, Russian monthly equity wrap: the boom in steel stocks continued in August.
17. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Faces Internal Battle Over Bitcoin.
19. TASS: Russian government rejects bill on reburial of Lenin’s body.
20. Sputnik: ‘There Will Be No New Korean War’: What Putin Knows That Western Pundits Don’t.
21. The Independent (UK): Robet Fisk, The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor. While we’re all waiting for Trump to start World War Three, we’ve not spotted that the military map of the Middle East has substantially, bloodily changed. It will be years before Syria and Iraq (and Yemen) are rebuilt – and the Israelis may have to go to Putin to clear up the mess they’re now in.
22. Moscow to bring diplomatic missions in US, Washington’s in Russia to parity – Lavrov.
23. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, DIPLOMACY AS AN EXACT SCIENCE. It’s hard not to notice that the media environment affects the minds of the foreign policy elites. For many, foreign policy is increasingly becoming not just a professional occupation, but also a pleasant pastime and entertainment. This directly affects the quality of foreign policy assessments and decisions.
24. ‘US and Russia jointly solving just one problem could stop ruinous path they are on’
25. Washington Post: As Germans prepare to vote, a mystery grows: Where are the Russians?
26. TASS: Diplomat comments on Merkel’s remarks about Crimea’s reunification with Russia.
27. Asia Times: Emanuele Scimia, Europe cries wolf on North Korea but has Russia in mind.
28. RFE/RL: Know Your Enemy: Russian War Games Expected To Yield Valuable Insight For Western Watchers.
29. US Embassy Moscow (2008) From: Ambassador William J. Burns, NYET MEANS NYET: RUSSIA’S NATO ENLARGEMENT REDLINES.
30. IndieWire: ‘The Death of Stalin’ Review: ‘Veep’ Goes to the Soviet Union With Armando Iannucci’s Hilarious Satire – TIFF. The one-liners come hard and fast in this winning satire from the director of “In the Loop.”
32. Zero Hedge: “The Guy is Hiding Something”: Top Hillary Aide Suggests Bernie Colluded With Russia Too. (excerpt)
33. New York Times editorial: Russia’s Fake Americans.
34. Independent Journalism Review: Miss America Contestant Asked to Judge if Trump Colluded with Russia. Her Answer’s a Real Winner.
35. PONARS Eurasia releases 5 policy e-books to mark 20th Anniversary.

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