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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#225
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
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1. New York Times: Ahead of World Cup, Fans Are Warned About Homophobia and Racism in Russia.
2. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russian answer to opioid epidemic: ‘Cold turkey.’ Russia has an opioid abuse problem as big as America’s, but a very different way of dealing with it. No methadone replacement therapy in Moscow – just a couple of aspirin and a short, sharp withdrawal shock.
3. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Twenty-five contenders lined up to bid for Russian presidency.
4. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, An Analysis of Zhirinovsky’s Program. (excerpt)
5. Court orders Russian opposition activist Navalny to return presidential campaign funds to donor.
6. New Russian bill introduces fines for media violations of foreign agent law.
7. Sergey Lukashevsky, Russia’s new media law: expanding the field of uncertainty. Russia’s new legislation is not only aimed at foreign media. It’s another step in the process of blurring legal definitions – until they’re useless.
8. TASS: Diplomat blasts ‘absurd’ US accusations of Russia ‘violating press freedom’
9. Russia Beyond: How Russians lost their own 2nd Amendment: The right to bear arms.
10. Bear Market Blog: Chris Jarmas, MinFin Impossible: Russia’s self-inflicted regional debt crisis.
11. OECD sees Russia’s growth at 1.9% in 2017-2018.
12. TASS: World Bank reveals what might help Russia bypass external shocks.
13. Moscow Times: Russia’s Optimistic GDP Projections Fall Shy of Targets.
14. Russia solves inflation headache plaguing the economy – central bank.
15. Financial Times: Gazprom spends big to keep trillion dollar dream alive. Russian gas exporter ramps up borrowing and raids cashpile to maintain growth.
16. Bloomberg: Russia Expects OPEC to Reach Oil-Cut Deal.
17. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia No. 1 In Facial Recognition, According To Official Washington Spycraft Techies. (excerpt)
18. Steve Price, Inconsistency, Doping Allegations, And The Russian Winter Stand Between Russia And World Cup Success.
19. Richard McLaren warns Russia of tougher sanctions for continued ‘statements of denial’
20. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Tightens Russia-Debt Sanctions.
21. Rethinking Russia: Andrei Korobkov, How buzz on Russia dossier undermines bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington.
22. Interfax: World more peaceful when Russia, U.S. work together – Ambassador Huntsman.
23. New Republic: Kimberly Marten, Digital Détente. The case for cyber peace with Russia.
24. Leonid Issaev, Is Russia afraid of losing Syria?
25. The American Conservative: Ted Galen Carpenter, The Duplicitous Superpower. How Washington’s chronic deceit-especially towards Russia-has sabotaged U.S. foreign policy.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Konstantin Asmolov, NORTH KOREA: IS “WAR BY ERROR” POSSIBLE?
27. Reuters: Google seeks to defuse row with Russia over website rankings.
28. Viable Opposition: How Google Manages Fake News. (excerpt)
29. Russian Faith: Miracle in Upstate New York – a Russian Seminary From Another World (Jordanville)

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