RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-177 :: Wednesday, 19 September 2017

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1. TASS: Russian regions contribute scores of natural stones for memorial to Gulag victims.
2. Carnegie Moscow Center: Fyodor Lukyanov, Atlantic Drift: Russia and the U.S.-Europe Divide.
3. New York Times: Dmitri Trenin, What’s the U.S.’s Best Chance With North Korea? Russia.
4. Washington Post: What would a Russia-NATO war look like? Russia’s wargaming it right now.
5. Putin arrives at the Zapad 2017 war games which triggered wave of hysteria in the West.
6. TASS: Zapad-2017 exercise puts Russian army’s “nervous system” to test.
7. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia’s 2018-2020 budget planning defense cuts, but more money for police.
8. TASS: Russian presidential elections to be held on March 18, 2018.
9. Parliamentary parties to start presidential campaigns in last days of December – report.
10. Interfax: Yabloko submits bill limiting president’s right to use military abroad to 3 regional legislatures.
11. Moscow Times: Yekaterina Schulmann, 5 Lessons From Russia’s Local Elections.
12. Court orders Navalny to delete allegations made in online clip targeting PM Medvedev.
14. TASS: RBC: Federation Council reveals US meddling in Russia’s regional election.
15. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Alexander Melman, Kadyrov and Poklonskaya are biggest problem for Russia. Compared with them, Navalny is just boy in short pants.
16. The Unz Review: Israel Shamir, The Lucy Stein Gang Rides Into Moscow.
17. Intersection: Artem Filatov, What about Pensions? An underlying issue at next year’s presidential elections is how to bring certainty and stability to Russia’s cash-strapped pension system. So far, the authorities have tiptoed around the matter.
18. European University in Russia faces closure. With its teaching licence revoked and the forced removal from its premises, the European University in St Petersburg is on life support. “We have lost virtually everything,” says one of its professors.
19. Interfax: Siluanov names three structural areas for state budget spending in 2018-2020.
20. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Russia Is in Much Better Economic Shape Than You’re Being Told.
21. Ford’s Long-Ago Bet on Russia Could Soon Pay Off.
22. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Return of the Eurasian Breadbasket.
23. Russia Beyond: Russia is exporting more food than tanks, but not all farmers are happy.
24. Putin orders to end trade in US dollars at Russian seaports.
25. TASS: Number of Russians doing charity work up by about 20% in past 10 years – poll.
26. Moscow Times: ‘The Death of Stalin’ Comedy Has Russia’s Culture Ministry Bracing for Communist Backlash.
27. Russia Beyond: 10 of Harvard University’s favorite Soviet and Russian films. Russian viewers might think there are better movies for foreigners to see, but here is what top American film critics recommended for the world’s timeless classic cinema fund. Below we take a closer look at 10 of the most important films.
29. AFP: Russia touts essential role in Syria’s advance against IS.
30. Awful Avalanche: Americans Suffered A Series of Defeats In Syria – Part I.
31. Russia and Eurasian Studies: Gordon Hahn, Who Got Syria Wrong and Who Got It Right.
32. Washington Post editorial: The night one Russian military officer may have saved the world. Stanislav Petrov averted nuclear war. Nations should back away from the precipice.
33. Kyiv Post: US Senate approves $500 million military aid, lethal weapons for Ukraine.
34. Kyiv Post: Kremlin ‘may cut funding’ to Russian-occupied Donbas.
35. Call for Papers: 23rd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)
36. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, The West is as Thick as the Earth’s Mantle.
37. Sputnik: Trump Wants to ‘Get Along’ With Russia But Is Powerless to Make It Happen.
38. Moscow-on-Thames: Sam Greene, America’s Russia Blind Spot.
39. Voice of America: At Forum, Experts Slam Russian ‘Disinformation’ Campaigns Aimed at West.
40. Neil Clark, Are you, or have you ever been, an RT or Sputnik pundit?
41. FBI Crackdown on Russian Media Makes American Press Advocates Nervous. Observers say the FBI, reportedly targeting the Russian RT and Sputnik for alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, is setting a dark precedent for U.S. media.
42. Robert Parry, The NYT’s Yellow Journalism on Russia. The New York Times’ descent into yellow journalism over Russia recalls the sensationalism of Hearst and Pulitzer leading to the Spanish-American War, but the risks to humanity are much greater now.
43. The Chronicle of Higher Education: Sarah Valentine, Russian Studies’ Alt-Right Problem.
44. Russia Beyond: Smashing the stereotypes: In what ways are Russians similar to other nationalities?
45. Russia’s wild decade: how memories of the 1990s are changing. A time of freedom and survival, memories of Russia’s first post-Soviet decade have come to divide people. The editors of a new collection on the 1990s share their thoughts.

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