RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-180 :: Friday, 22 September 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#180
Friday, 22 September 2017

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1. Putin seems unconvinced AI won’t ‘eat us’
2. Meeting with business community representatives.
3. TASS: Vedomosti: Putin meets with business leaders, signals changes will come after presidential election.
4. Bear Market Brief: Russians vexed by economic policy, strongly back Putin.
5. TASS: Stalin, Lenin busts unveiled at Walk of Rulers in Moscow.
6. Realnoe Vremya: Dmitry Medvedev to divest regions of free money? The government of the Russian Federation doesn’t want to give regions cheap budget money anymore.
7. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Gaaze, Court and Politburo: Putin’s Changing Inner Circle.
8. Bear Market Brief: Kudrin calls for fewer ministerial workers, less power.
9. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 21 SEPTEMBER 2017.
10. Moscow Times: Yulia Latynina, The Kremlin’s Lack of Control Has Made Me Flee Russia. The Kremlin’s lack of control over violence is risking my family’s life.
11. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Arkhangelskiy, Setting the Boundaries: Russia’s New Cultural State Policy.
12. TASS: Bolshoi Theater announces Nureyev ballet premiere in early December.
13. IndieWire: ‘Loveless’: Russia Chooses an Oscar Entry That Criticizes Its Society.
14. Jewish communities say Russia is virtually free of anti-Semitism.
15. Science: Russia wants to protect itself from climate change-without reducing carbon emissions.
16. Moscow Times: More Than 16 Mln Russians Are Breathing Polluted Air.
17. New York Times: German Election Mystery: Where’s Russia?
18. Wall Street Journal: Russian Diplomat Chides, Chastises Trump in U.N. Speech. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns against ‘warlike hysteria’
19. AP: US, Russian militaries hold unprecedented talks on Syria.
20. TASS: Kommersant: US seeks change of tone with Russia on Syria.
21. The Vineyard of the Saker: Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning.
22. Over 87% of Syrian territory liberated from ISIS – Russian MoD.
23. US wants to bury Russian gas pipeline project & force-feed its own LNG to Europe – PM Medvedev.
24. TASS: Putin assesses Zapad-2017 military drills.
25. War on the Rocks: ZAPAD 2017: WHAT WE LEARNED. (Michael Kofman)
26. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Is it the Kremlin’s turn to get WikiLeaked? The online activist group this week leaked documents from a company that provides ‘solutions’ for Russian telecom giants and state agencies. The dump could signal new scrutiny of Russia from the long-time US bugbear.
28. Russia never placed ads on Facebook to interfere in US election – Kremlin.
29. Kenneth Rapoza, These Two Russian ‘Fake News’ Outfits Get Billions Of Hits On Facebook.
30. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The U.S. Government’s Kaspersky Ban Sets an Ugly Precedent. Introducing national borders to the cybersecurity industry will end up making us less safe.
31. RFE/RL: NATO Adviser Says Morgan Freeman May Be Russian Troll Target After Calling Out Putin.
32. Washington Post: James Kirchick, RT wants to spread Moscow’s propaganda here. Let’s treat it that way. It should register as an agent of a foreign government.
33. TASS: At least 1,000 buildings in Russia targeted by hoax bomb threats over week.
34. Hysteria in America: Congress filled with ‘totalitarians’ who oppose ‘free market of ideas’
35. The Nation: James Carden, Trump Has Given Russia Hawks Little to Complain About. Appointment hearings for Jon M. Huntsman and A. Wes Mitchell were wholly in line with the Beltway consensus on Russia.
36. Raw Story: Ex-CIA chief stuns Nicole Wallace: It’s ‘absolutely’ possible Russia ‘dispatched Manafort to the Trump campaign’
37. National Review: Victor Davis Hanson, Allegations of Foreign Election Tampering Have Always Rung Hollow . Blaming foreign influence on an election loss has become a habitual practice for unsuccessful presidential candidates, but such allegations have never rung true.
38. TASS: Kremlin spokesman says no plans to deploy UN mission to Russian-Ukrainian border.
39. Alexander Mercouris, UN deadlock on Ukraine peacekeepers. Ukraine rejects Putin proposal for UN peacekeepers to protect OSCE observers on conflict contact line.

UN deadlock on Ukraine peacekeepers

40. Washington Post: Hal Brands, The five lessons that must guide U.S. interactions with Vladimir Putin. U.S.-Russian relations will be strained for the foreseeable future. But following these lessons will give the U.S. leverage in the tense relationship.

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