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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#192
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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1. Sputnik: Some 16,000 Evacuated Over 24 Hours Due to Bomb Threats in Russia.
2. Bear Market Brief: SPECIAL FEATURE: An Interview with Tatiana Stanovaya. (re Russian politics)
3. Novaya Gazeta: Pundits view Kremlin’s likely presidential election campaign tactics.
4. Moscow Times: Navalny Fund Publishes Retractions in Usmanov Libel Suit.
5. TASS: Vedomosti: Moscow points to Western funding of NGOs in Russia as bigger threat than IS.
6. Paul Goble: Kremlin had Its Reasons for Not Cracking Down Harder on Latest Protests, Commentators Say.
7. Washington Post: A Bernie Sanders campaign veteran advises a surging opposition movement in Russia.
8. TASS: Poll shows almost half of Russians believe October Revolution reflected majority will.
9. Bloomberg: A Corruption Trial Splits the Kremlin. The former economy minister got caught in a sting, and no one knows where Putin stands.
10. Times Higher Education (UK): European University at St Petersburg faces research-only future. With latest application for teaching licence rejected in long-running battle with authorities, time is running out to start the new academic year.
11. Seeking Alpha: Russian Economic Growth Picks Up At End Of Q3.
12. Ben Aris, MOSCOW BLOG: This is as good as it gets.
13. TASS: Vladimir Putin’s take on cryptocurrencies.
14. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrei Kortunov, FALSE CONFLICT: UNIVERSALISM AND IDENTITY.
15. Sputnik: Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘I Won’t Leave Country For the West’
16. Russia Beyond: Dueling with bureaucracy: what Russians must (sometimes) go through to get an American visa.
17. Moscow Times: U.S. Diplomatic Staff in Russia Could See Another Major Cut.
18. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Soccer Defeat Is a Loss for Russia. In place of a flood of U.S. travelers for next year’s World Cup, a trickle of Panamanians.
20. TASS: RBC: Russia, US edging closer to clashing in Syria.
21. Cyril Widdershoven, Is This The Geopolitical Shift Of The Century? (re Middle East)
22. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin. Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town.
23. The Spectator (UK): John Bradley, How Putin came to rule the Middle East. Syria and Libya are just two examples of how the Russian leader has been running rings around the West.
24. Carnegie Moscow Center: Sergei Markedonov, A Post-Soviet Anomaly: How Karabakh Could Bring Russia and the West Together.
25. Bear Market Blog: Nick Trickett, Nights of the Roundtables: Can Russia keep the peace after Kurdistan’s referendum?
26. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: First stage of possible US-North Korea war to be non-nuclear.
27. Zeman’s Crimea “fait accompli” remarks focus minds on Moscow factor in Czech election.
28. Alexander Mercouris, 7 points which expose Western governments’ hypocrisy on the issue of Catalan independence. Western policy towards independence movements is cynical and based on expediency rather than principle.
29. Ed Krayewski, Latest Russia Conspiracy Theory: Facebook Pages Are Culture Hacks Meant to ‘Harvest Rage.’ Worry over Russia’s “influence” on U.S. politics is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of free speech.
30. Moon of Alabama: Everyone Hacked Everyone Hacked Everyone – Spy Spin Fuels Anti-Kaspersky Campaign.
31. Washington Post: Foreign intelligence agencies might be using your anti-virus software against you.
32. Washington Post: Russian propaganda may have been shared hundreds of millions of times, new research says.
33. New York Times: Thomas Friedman, From Russia With Poison.
34. New York Times: How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets.
35. Senate Democrats worry Russia could jeopardize reelection bids. A warning from the Senate Intelligence Committee has vulnerable lawmakers fretting about election security.
36. Washington Post: Ed Rogers, Democrats get desperate as accusations of Trump-Russia collusion fade.
37. Robert Parry, Russia-gate Jumps the Shark. Russia-gate has jumped the shark with laughable new claims about a tiny number of “Russia-linked” social media ads, but the U.S. mainstream media is determined to keep a straight face.

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