RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-189 ::Thursday, 5 October 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#189
Thursday, 5 October 2017

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1. Washington Post: Casper Dahlmann and Niels Bjørn Petersen, Politicians reject evidence that conflicts with their beliefs. And if you give them more evidence, they double down.
2. Moscow Times: The Best Quotes From Putin at the Russian Energy Week Forum.
3. Kremlin.ru: Russian Energy Week Forum plenary session. (with Putin Q&A)
4. New York Times: Putin Says Russia Has ‘Many Friends’ in U.S. Who Can Mend Relations
5. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s introductory remarks at a meeting with US experts led by Dimitri Simes, Moscow, September 29, 2017.
6. www.rt.com: ‘We don’t drive carts or tanks!’ Putin says he can imagine himself buying Tesla car.
7. www.rt.com: Putin’s approval rating slightly down from early Sept, still over 80%.
8. Moscow Times: Navalny Campaign Calls for Nationwide Protests on Putin’s Birthday.
9. Novaya Gazeta: Analyst links Kremlin’s election campaign, governor reshuffles. (Kirill Martynov)
10. Paul Goble: Putin Budget Points to Another Lost Decade for Russia, ‘Nezavisimaya Gazeta’ Says.
11. Irrussianality: David Habakkuk, Comments on Paul Robinson’s RUSSIA FAILS TO REMEMBER STALIN’S VICTIMS.
12. Intellinews.com: Mongolia, Russia to reap benefits from climate change.
13. Intellinews.com: Russia’s services sector continues its strong expansion.
14. TASS: Izvestia: Politics may hamper Russia’s plans to map the Universe.
15. TASS: Kremlin believes ‘The Death of Stalin’ movie won’t spark uproar.
16. Russia Insider: Russian Church Leader Warns EU on Immigration, Preserving Cultural Identity.
http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russian-church-leader-warns-eu-immigration-preserving-cultural-identity/ri21151
17. TASS: Russian culture minister slams pressure on cinemas over tsar film Matilda.
18. TASS: Russian lawmakers hail controversial movie Matilda.
19. www.opendemocracy.net: Daniil Dugum, Sacrificial roosters and offended feelings. What do a film about a Tsar’s mistress, Pussy Riot, the opera Tannhäuser, voodoo magic, and bloggers from Bryansk have in common? They’ve all “offended the feelings of believers”
20. TASS: Kommersant: Moscow expects missile contract from Saudi King’s first visit to Russia.
21. TASS: Saudi Arabia may invest $1bln in more than 20 projects in Russia – minister.
22. Moscow Times: Yury Barmin, What’s Behind the Saudi King’s Historic Visit to Russia . Riyadh sees Russia as a resurgent global player who could fill the U.S. vacuum.
23. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Saudi King Salman’s Moscow visit could create new Middle East dynamic.
24. Wall Street Journal: OPEC pushes Russia to Continue Helping on Oil Prices.
25. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Interview of Sergey Lavrov with the Asharq Al-Awsat Pan-Arab Newspaper, October 2017.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Oleg Barabanov, MADURO IN MOSCOW: RUSSIA CAN EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN LATIN AMERICA.
27. Sputnik: Senior CIA Official: Kim Jong-Un Doesn’t Want Conflict, He’s “Very Rational”
28. New York Times: Antony Blinken, Time for the Trump Administration to Arm Ukraine.
29. The Unz Review: The Saker, Russian Views on the Separatist Referendums in Spain and Iraq.
30. Wall Street Journal: Long-Feuding Central Asia Nations Move to Reconcile. Uzbek outreach to neighbors has potential to boost regional economies and temper ethnic strife.
31. TASS: Russian lawmaker slams Canada’s Magnitsky Act as undermining international law.
32. Meduza: ‘Russia is trending in America, but expertise is in short supply’ Journalist Elizaveta Osetinskaya on her new project ‘The Bell,’ her U.S. experience, and the state of the media. (excerpt)
33. www.rt.com: ‘Unacceptable!’ RT pulled from YouTube prime ad list in US without notice.
34. Wall Street Journal editorial: Russia Reality Check. Moscow meddled, but still no hard evidence of Trump collusion.
35. Washington Post editorial: The Senate’s Russia probe is still far from over.
36. Antiwar.com: Justin Raimondo, The Campaign To Rein In the Internet. It’s part and parcel of the “Russia-gate” hoax.
37. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, The Mystery of the Russia-gate Puppies. The U.S. mainstream media is determined to prove Russia-gate despite the scandal’s cracking foundation and its inexplicable anomalies, such as why Russia would set up a Facebook “puppies” page.

The Mystery of the Russia-gate Puppies


38. Russia Matters: New U.S. Ambassador to Russia Wants to Bring Relations to ‘Higher Altitude,’ but Not Potemkin-Style. (Jon Huntsman)

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