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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#232
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
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1. TASS: Over one-third of Russians optimistic about the future – poll.
2. Bear Market Brief: The long thaw.
3. Wall Street Journal: Western Criticism Bolsters Putin at Home. Allegations that Russian president meddled in U.S. vote feed impression among Russian citizens that he is a political mastermind, Moscow observers say.
4. Washington Post: “The West also should not shrink from the destabilization of Mr. Putin’s regime”
5. Moscow Times: ‘Russian Lessons for Reagan’ Launch at Gorbachev Foundation Reunites Old Friends. Author Suzanne Massie meets with old friends and fellow optimists.
6. TASS: Vladimir Putin’s news conferences in facts and figures.
7. TASS: Putin making preparations for annual news conference ‘from dawn to dusk’ – Kremlin.
8. Sputnik: Putin’s Press Conference May Hail Start of Election Debates in Russia – Analysts.
9. RFE/RL: A Question Of War: Ukrainian Journalist Gears Up (Again) For Putin’s Big Presser.
10. Meduza: A hybrid hunt for criminal journalists Meduza reviews how federal censors monitor and punish Russia’s mass media. (excerpt)
11. www.rt.com: Russia shouldn’t grovel to ‘McDonald’s bas***ds’ – local restaurateur.
12. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Silk Road fever grips the Russian Far East and boosts economy. China’s Belt and Road Initiative heralds a new era with mega infrastructure projects dotting the landscape.
13. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Criticizes Germany’s Support of New Russian Natural Gas Line. Top state department official praises Denmark for passing law that could hamper pipeline project.
14. AP: Moscow’s cadet ball mixes pomp, discipline and inclusivity.
15. Reuters: Backed by Putin, Russian Military Pushes Into Foreign Policy.
16. Sputnik: Declassified Docs Prove US Repeatedly Promised Russia No NATO Eastward Expansion.
17. AP: Under Putin, Russia increases clout in the Middle East.
18. Indian Punchline: M K Bhadrakumar, Putin goes to Cairo as Trump ties himself in knots.
19. Moscow Times: Alexei Khlebnikov, Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem Might Open the Door for Russia . Russia is set to make gains by siding against the U.S. move.
20. www.rt.com: Putin drafts bill for expansion of Russian navy base in Syria.
21. TASS: RBC: Damascus’ resistance to reforms remains Moscow’s major headache.
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Sarabyev, THE SYRIAN CRISIS: TO BE CONTINUED.
23. Russian International Affairs Council: Yulia Sveshnikova, War of Interests for Peace in Syria. (excerpt)
http://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/war-of-interests-for-peace-in-syria/24. Valdai Discussion Club: Xing Guangcheng, THE KOREAN PENINSULA CRISIS AND THE ROLE OF RUSSIA.
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Xing Guangcheng, THE KOREAN PENINSULA CRISIS AND THE ROLE OF RUSSIA.
25. www.rt.com: US ready to talk to N Korea: ‘It’s a breakthrough, but many twists & turns might be ahead’
26. Brookings.edu: Strobe Talbott, ORDER FROM CHAOS. U.S.-Russia arms control was possible once-is it possible still?
27. The American Conservative: Scott Ritter, The Nuke ‘Treaty That Ended the Cold War’ is Unraveling. The Trump administration signals a game of chicken with Russia, which could mean the death of arms control.
28. TASS: Georgian mercenaries reveal who fired at protesters during Kiev’s ‘maidan’ in winter 2014.
29. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, It’s So Embarrassing When U.S. Clients Feud. [re Saakashvili and Poroshenko]
30. Reuters: Cold, hungry and lost: Ukrainian pensioners face fourth winter on the frontline. “We are not living, we are just surviving”
31. www.rt.com: ‘Anything can be fabricated’: Retired Russian general on accusations of involvement in MH17 crash
32. OffGuardian: Denis Churilov, How the West Could Destabilize Russia.
How the West Could Destabilize Russia
33. ABCNews.com: McMaster previews new national security strategy ahead of next week’s official release.
34. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, Russia-gate’s Litany of Corrections. As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue.
35. Between Two Worlds: The “Art” of an American Surviving in Small Town Russia: Hal Freeman, ARE YOU RUSSIFIED YET? (excerpt)

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