RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-222 :: Friday, 24 November 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#222
Friday, 24 November 2017

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1. New York Times: Andrew Higgins, Why Putin’s Foes Deplore U.S. Fixation on Election Meddling.
2. TASS: Russians say Putin can ensure both stability and reforms – poll.
3. Alexander Mercouris, Will Putin run again for President? Here’s why he probably will and why he should. No sign of anyone else being prepared for the post, and with the international situation so tense Putin should stay.

Will Putin run again for President? Here’s why he probably will and why he should

4. ‘USA is a great nation, but leave us alone!’ 11 quotes that show how Vladimir Putin sees world.
5. TASS: Vedomosti: Business candidate may run in 2018 presidential race.
6. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Julia Gurganus, Putin’s Populism Trap.
7. Paul Goble: The Good Russians: Poorest Give to Others Even When They Don’t Have Enough to Eat.
8. Why Russia’s elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic.
9. GlobalVoices: Christopher Moldes, Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny. (excerpt)

Barbie Hijab Comment Highlights Why Some Russian Activists Don’t Support Presidential Hopeful Navalny

10. Liberal Democrats choose longtime leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky as future presidential candidate.
11. Reuters: In Western Moscow, Putin Allies Lose an Election but Cling to Power.
12. Vedomosti: Maria Eismont, How Things Are Going for the Municipal District Opposition. New politicians searching for a new agenda.
13. Rethinking Russia: Youth Parliamentarianism and Origin of New Ideas.
14. Moscow Times: Russian Labor Official Tells Russians to Stop Partying and Start Working.
15. Russia Records Substantial 20% Increase in Non-Oil Tax Revenue Thanks to Economic Recovery.
16. Putin crowned ‘world’s energy czar’ with Saudis bowing to reality.
17. Gazprom Speaks Out Against OPEC Production Cut Extension.
18. Russia Beyond: Women’s rights, or a lack of: What’s with Russian feminism?
19. Moscow Times: Anastasia Manuilova, Nine Months After New Domestic Violence Law, Russian Women Still Struggle. The decriminalization of battery has made it harder for women to come forward, advocates say.
20. Financial Times: Simon Kuper, Russia’s World Cup: a Putin own goal? ‘Since the day Fifa chose Russia to host the tournament, the country’s image in the west has collapsed’
21. AP: Ahead of Russia decision, Olympic president warns critics.
22. New York Times editorial: Russia’s Other Dirty Trick: Tarnishing Olympic Gold.
23. ‘People have been brainwashed that Russia is to blame for everything’ – Russian Deputy PM Mutko.
24. ‘I have not seen any concrete evidence. It is worrying’ – FIS anti-doping expert.
25. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, How the Middle East Became Russia’s Game, Not America’s. If Russia can show that its model of transactional bargaining can produce results, expect for Putin to see if he can replicate that success in East Asia.
26. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, Putin Is Gunning for the Syrian Finish Line . If Russia’s frantic peacemaking efforts fail, it will not be for lack of trying.
27. Bloomberg: Now Putin Is Being Asked to Bring Peace to Afghanistan.
28. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, Shaken, Not Stirred: Blending an INF/New Start Detox Cocktail.
29. Tommy Raskin, Why Must We Sanction Russia?
30. The Economist: Putin in the Boot. New sanctions are about to bite, and Russia’s elite are spooked. The personal sanctions against regime cronies are especially tough.
31. Russia Matters: Dimitar Bechev, The Balkans Between Russia and the West.
32. Wall Street Journal: Requiem for a Hit Man. A doomed hired gun unburdens himself in a jailhouse interview that sheds light on the shadow battle between Russia and Ukraine (excerpt)
33. Italian Documentary Blows Lid on False Flag Mass Shooting of “Heavenly Hundred” Protesters in Kiev.
34. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Shootings.
35. Kyiv Post: Applebaum: Corruption bigger threat to Ukraine’s independence than military invasion. (excerpt)
36. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Artur Avakov: Experts: USA to arm Kiev within year, only recognition of DNR will prevent this. Trump will do what Obama could not.
37. TASS: Kommersant: Moscow to mediate rift in LPR’s power structures.
38. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, SHENANIGANS IN LUGANSK.
39. Fort Russ: Eduard Popov, 3 Scenarios for the Coup in the Lugansk People’s Republic.
40. Sam Greene, How did 1917 change the west? Failed utopias lead to the death of idealism, and the likes of Putin and Trump are symbols of this process. As we watch Russia struggle with history, the US and UK cannot afford to pretend that this history doesn’t affect us too.
41. Washington Post editorial: After Russia’s election interference, pulling back the curtain on online ads.
42. Spanish cyber intelligence finds no evidence of Russian cyber attacks in Catalan crisis.
43. Alexander Mercouris, RT and Michael Flynn: is that the case Mueller is going to make? Was declaring RT a ‘foreign agent’ intended to assist the case against Flynn.

RT and Michael Flynn: is that the case Mueller is going to make?

44. Facebook: Sean Guillory, Google and RT and Sputnik.
45. MARCH 2011: The Guardian (UK): Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media. Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda.

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