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Monday, 25 November 2017

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2. TASS: Kommersant: Political strategists gear up for Russian presidential election.
3. New York Times: Andrew Kramer, Russia Is Returning to Growth. (Just in Time for an Election.)
4. Wall Street Journal: Putin’s New Election Ploy: Putting Challengers on TV. Ahead of the Russian presidential vote next spring, the Kremlin has a fresh strategy to drive turnout-and the election’s authority.
5. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Elections 2018: How Big Will Putin Win?
6. Business ombudsman Boris Titov to run for president.
7. New York Times: Amie Ferris-Rotman, Vladimir Putin vs. the Token Women.
8. ‘The time has come’: Chechen leader Kadyrov says he wants to retire.
10. Moscow Times: Kremlin Pours Cold Water on Kadyrov’s Retirement Plans. It was not the first time that Kadyrov had announced his resignation.
11. Interfax: Kudrin says govt studying his proposals at Putin’s instructions.
12. TASS: Ex-finance minister: Moscow will be the largest agglomeration in Russia for next 40 years. (Kudrin)
13. Bloomberg: Leonid Ragozin, Putin Has a Rebellion Brewing in His Backyard. The Kremlin is surrounded by local councils filled with political opponents. These newly elected deputies say their victories, while small, are only the beginning.
14. Putin signs Russia’s ‘foreign agents’ media law.
15. TASS: Russia’s ex-finance minister regrets adoption of foreign agent media law. (Kudrin)
16. Washington Post: Vera Tolz and Precious N. Chatterje-Doody, Why did Putin build a monument to victims of Soviet repression?
17. Sputnik: Russian Director Uchitel Talks About Czar Film Scandal, Historical Relevance.
18. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Baunov, Nobody’s Revolution: The Russian State and the Fight for Memory.
19. Bloomberg: Russians Cold on Prices Despite Cheaper ‘Herring Under Fur Coat’
20. TASS: Geopolitical risks taken into account in budget for 2018-2020 – Audit Chamber chief.
21. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Russia Doubles Down on Gold – Announces Continuing Purchases.
22. Meeting with Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoy.
23. Fort Russ: Putin urges Russian economy to prepare for war – even the oligarchs.
24. BBC: How Russia’s high-tech start-ups are looking beyond oil.
25. BBC: Jonathan Marcus, Russia in Syria: ‘Victory’ in war but can Moscow win the peace?
26. Financial Times: David Gardner, What Is Russia Up To in the Middle East? by Dmitri Trenin. A timely account of how Putin’s government has played a smart geopolitical game.
27. Valdai Discussion Club: Viktor Larin, LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE: RUSSIA AND ASIA IN THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
28. TASS: Russian diplomat warns ‘apocalyptic scenario’ on Korean Peninsula possible.
29. Adam Garrie, The contrasting Russian/Chinese vs. US models for geo-economic diplomacy. The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister’s speech in South Korea is a clear illustration of Russia and China’s diplomatic methodology which contrasts diametrically with that of the US.
30. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The State of Russian Sinology: Past Chequered, Present Dismal, Future Uncertain.
31. Jeremy Morris, Patriotism and nationalism among ordinary Russians today. (excerpt)
32. Washington Post: Josh Robin, Putin’s proposal for Ukraine is another trap for Trump. The Russian president is doing the same thing in Ukraine that he did in Syria. Will the U.S. fall for it?
33. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, A Peacekeeping Mission for Ukraine.
34. Edward Lozansky, How the West Is Adopting the Worst Practices of the Post-Maidan Ukraine.
35. Washington Times: Rowan Scarborough, Firm behind dubious Trump-Russia dossier paid multiple journalists for work.
36. Danielle Ryan, Google’s de-ranking of RT in search results is a form of censorship and blatant propaganda.

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