RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-19 :: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#19
Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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1. The Sun (UK): ‘VLAD WILL SMASH BRITAIN IN ONE DAY!’ Russians plot to turn UK into Siberian-style labour camp over claims Putin could defeat British Army ‘in a single afternoon.’ Report slating the state of the army was met with glee in Moscow and by Russian internet users.
2. The Sunday Times (UK): Shrunken army fears Russia could destroy it in an afternoon.
3. Gilbert Doctorow, Russia’s Leery Reaction to President Trump. Russian leaders remain leery about prospects for improved U.S. relations despite the inauguration of President Trump, doubting that he can overcome the political pressures from Washington’s “deep state”
5. Sputnik: ‘Triangular Diplomacy’: What’s Really Behind Kissinger’s Turn Toward Russia.
6. Project Syndicate: Robert Skidelsky, Another Reset with Russia?
7. Russia Direct: Trump’s inauguration, the Davos forum and the Eurosceptic summit. Russian media roundup: The inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Davos economic forum and the convention of Eurosceptics in Germany all made headlines last week.
8. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Becomes One Big Money Magnet. And the number one emerging market for capital inflows last week: Russia. Sorry haters.
9. Interfax: De-dollarization of economy, banking system proceeding at full speed, to continue – Central Bank.
10. The Nation: Jeffrey Sommers, This Is How the New Cold War Turns Hot. American journalists keep saying Alexander Dugin is Putin’s ideological adviser. One problem: He’s not.
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why there was no Women’s March in Russia. Women’s March protests have been held in many countries following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new U.S. president. To many, Trump is a symbol of sexism and xenophobia. A similar event had been planned for Russia, but it never happened.
12. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Building bridges: Russia encourages traditional Islam to combat extremism. Russia officially considers Islam, along with other religions, an integral part of its culture. Nevertheless, the state strictly sees to it that Russian Muslims remain loyal to the government. Organizations that set themselves at odds with the state-either politically or through direct aggression-find themselves banned.
13. How Tillerson Could Fuel A Russian Arctic Drilling Boom.
14. Trump’s pick for US Treasury chief says 100% committed to Russia sanctions.
15. China reportedly deploys ICBMs near Russia’s border.
16. TASS: Analyst believes China’s missiles near Russian borders targeted against US.
17. The National Interest: Zalmay Khalilzad, Trump Must Avoid a False Start with Russia. Constructive relations will require more than a good personal relationship between Trump and Putin.
18. Brookings: Michael O’Hanlon, Addressing the real source of the U.S.-Russia rivalry.
19. Russian experts sum up results of Obama presidency.
20. Daniel Lazare, America’s Putin Derangement Syndrome. The mainstream U.S. media blames Russian President Putin for pretty much everything – from the Mideast mess to Europe’s disorder to the U.S. elections – but the reality is quite different.
21. New York Magazine: Michael Idov, Russia: Life After Trust. Once you lose faith in one institution, you start to lose faith in them all. Lessons from Putin’s Moscow.
22. TPM: John Judis, America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War. (interview with Joshua Landis)

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