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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#217
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

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1. TASS: Bomb scare wave sweeping Moscow came from abroad – Moscow police chief.
2. Moscow Times: Oleg Kashin, Independent Journalists in Russia Will Have to Live Without Their Western Role Models . The Western media’s controversial reporting is affecting independent journalism in Russia.
3. PONARS Eurasia: Study: U.S. Sanctions Hurting Russians’ Support for US, not Kremlin.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE INTERNATIONAL ORDER.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Gaaze, Taking the Plunge: Russia’s New Managerial Class. Russian new regional governors are being given a version of Western-style management training perfected by Sberbank boss German Gref. They are like managerial special ops forces deployed behind enemy lines by Moscow.
6. PONARS Eurasia: Could Election Fraud Backfire on the Kremlin in 2018?
7. PONARS Eurasia: Marlene Laruelle, The Kremlin’s Ideological Ecosystems: Equilibrium and Competition. (excerpt)
8. www.opendemocracy.net: Tanya Lokshina, A hyperlink to absurdity. The implementation of the Kremlin’s law on “undesirable organisations” is reaching farcical proportions.
9. www.rt.com: EU red tape tying up Russian gas pipeline could be attempt to sabotage project – PM Medvedev.
10. Interfax: Russia’s defense spending tops 5.3% of GDP, near $70 bln – PwC.
11. Moscow Times: Hajo Seppelt, Russia Should Stop Playing the Doping Scandal Victim . Instead, Russia’s leadership should fully accept the facts.
12. www.rt.com: ‘Russia fulfilled all WADA criteria, should be reinstated’ – Sports Minister Kolobkov.
13. Russia Insider: Michael Bateman, Putin Suspects CIA Involvement in Russian Doping Scandal. Moscow is requesting the US extradites a Russian criminal with a suspicious involvement in the doping scandals. (excerpt)
14. Reuters: Factbox-List of Countries Qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
15. www.rt.com: Russian MPs pass foreign agent bill for media in ‘mirror response’ to US.
16. TASS: Russia’s State Duma passes amendments to foreign agent media law.
17. www.rt.com: ‘Condolences to journalists’: RT editor-in-chief on Russia’s mirror-response bill on foreign media.
18. RFE/RL: Russian Duma Approves Restrictions On Foreign Media.
19. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russia’s RT Just Isn’t Worth Attacking. A symbolic act by Washington is triggering a disproportionate response from Moscow.
20. The Nation: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Registering the Cable Channel RT as a Foreign Agent Is a Threat to Press Freedom. Stigmatizing Russian broadcasting is the latest unnecessary escalation in the new Cold War.
21. Interfax: Peskov on computer game’s screenshot in Defense Ministry’s material: mistakes happen, rapidly corrected.
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Steven Heydemann, FROM DE-ESCALATION TO DIPLOMACY IN SYRIA: RUSSIA CONFRONTS A DILEMMA.
23. TASS: Kommersant: Moscow works to reconcile Tripoli and southern Libyan tribes.
24. The National Interest: Samuel Ramini, Russia’s next Power Play May Occur in Yemen. Moscow can be an effective mediator in the conflict.
25. Asia Times: Russia’s ‘pivot to Asia’ hinges on the Korean Peninsula. Russia expert James DJ Brown believes Moscow genuinely supports ‘denuclearization’ but has an overriding fear of a disorderly collapse of Kim Jong-un’s regime.
26. Paul Goble: New Report Documents Explosive Growth of Islam in Four Central Asian Countries.
27. Government.ru: Dmitry Medvedev’s news conference following the 31st ASEAN Summit and the 12th East Asia Summit. (excerpt re Trump)
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Sergey Samuilov, WILL THE ‘RUSSIAN TRACE’ LEAD TO TRUMP’S IMPEACHMENT?
29. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, America’s Righteous Russia-gate Censorship. Arriving behind the anti-Trump “resistance” and the Russia-gate “scandal” is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives.
30. www.zerohedge.com: How to Instantly Prove (Or Disprove) Russian Hacking of U.S. Election. (excerpt)
31. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Another ‘nothing burger’: the Donald Trump Junior/Wikileaks correspondence. Messages between Wikileaks and Donald Trump Junior are evidence of nothing.
32. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Another Special Counsel? The right way forward to investigate the real scandal of the US Presidential election. A new Special Counsel is needed to get a proper grip on an investigation which is going nowhere.
33. The Daily Mail (UK): Putin’s lying machine: Revealed, how Russia’s spewing out ruthless propaganda from a Moscow-funded TV station – right next to Westminster.
34. New York Times: Andrew Rosenthal, This is How Grown-Ups Deal With Putin.
35. www.rt.com: Breaking news! Russia funded Russian elections – BuzzFeed ‘secret finding’
36. Washington Post: Anne Midgette, The concert was about unity; the message was all Russian. (at the National Cathedral in Washington)
37. The Eurasia Center and the Eurasian Business Coalition: Washington Conference: DOING BUSINESS WITH THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION: Improving East-West Relations.

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