RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-2 :: Tuesday, 3 January 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#2
Tuesday, 3 January 2017

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1. TASS: January in Moscow becomes nearly five degrees warmer in past 136 years.
2. Sputnik: Siberian Physicists Ready for Next Step Toward Free Nuclear Energy.
3. Kalev Leetaru, “Fake News” And How The Washington Post Rewrote Its Story On Russian Hacking Of The Power Grid.
4. Kalev Leetaru, How The Washington Post’s Defense Of Its Russian Hacking Story Unraveled Through Web Archiving.
5. ZDNet: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, No smoking gun for Russian DNC hacks. The Russian government may have hacked Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to support Donald Trump’s campaign, but there’s no hard technical proof.
6. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, U.S. Intelligence Got the Wrong Cyber Bear.
7. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, Get in There and Win One For Mom and Apple Pie: Non-Combatant Molly McKew Pounds the War Drum.
8. TASS: Putin orders to submit NGO ‘foreign agents’ report until late March.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why has a Moscow restaurant been named after Stalin’s secret service? In December 2016, a restaurant in central Moscow changed its name to NKVD, an abbreviation closely associated with the bloody period of Stalin’s Terror of the 1930s. Human rights activists are outraged, Stalin supporters are rejoicing, while experts point out that the proprietors have just come up with a cynical way of making money through provocation.
10. Russia ends 2016 with strong PMI indicators, economic recovery underway.
11. Moscow Times: Russia Sets Oil Production Record in 2016.
12. Moscow Times: Boris Grozovsky, Russia, the Inequality Champion . Nowhere else in the developed world are incomes so unevenly skewed in favour of the richest.
13. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, STRATEGIC RESULTS OF 2016 AND OUTLOOK FOR 2017.
14. Alexander Mercouris, Assad will not go, Syria to remain united under Russian-Turkish peace plan. Contrary to Turkish inspired media reports, there are no secret Russian-Turkish agreements to ‘federalise” Syria, or to carve it up into “zones of influence”, or for the removal from power of President Assad.
15. Russia Direct: Galiya Ibragimova, Central Asia: Challenges and opportunities in 2016. As geopolitical tensions flared in the Middle East throughout the year, Central Asia took on a more prominent role. However, internal political and economic issues continue to hold Central Asia back from reaching its full potential.
16. Washington Post: David Filipov, Putin won 2016, but Russia has its limits as a superpower.
17. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Russia, America, and Interference in Domestic Politics: Comparative Context.
18. David Swanson, Fantasies About Russia Could Doom Opposition to Trump.
19. Norman Solomon, Danger in Democrats Demonizing Putin. With the Clintons’ corporate money machine floundering after a devastating election defeat, Democrats are desperate to find someone to blame and have dangerously settled on Vladimir Putin.
20. Justin Raimondo, Is Trump About to Debunk the Media’s ‘Putin-gate’ Conspiracy Theory? Cold war drama fizzling fast.
21. The Hill: Spicer: ‘Zero evidence’ Russia influenced election.
22. Washington Post: Ellen Nakashima and Juliet Eilperin, Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation.
23. Readers’ comments at Washington Post on “Russian government hackers do not appear to have targeted Vermont utility, say people close to investigation”
24. Washington Post: Colbert I. King, Is a Trump-Putin Pact on the horizon?
25. Washington Post: Garry Kasparov, The U.S. doesn’t have a problem with Russia. It has a problem with Vladimir Putin. Russian aggression is for Putin’s personal benefit.
26. Financial Times: Russia’s spat with the US is not a return to the cold war. In that era, truth and facts still meant something, writes Peter Pomerantsev.
27. Halyna Mokrushyna, Prominent member of Ukraine’s elite issues call for peace in Donbass.

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