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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#236
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
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1. Twitter: Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment. Russia and Eurasia Program.
2. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Two-year project: The Return of Global Russia.
3. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Paul Stronski and Richard Sokolsky, The Return of Global Russia: An Analytical Framework. (excerpt)
4. Russian attitudes to US and EU deteriorate, but more citizens want relations mended.
5. Russia to spend $300mn on the 2018 presidential election.
6. TASS: Russia needs to respond to historical challenges by creating new economy – Putin.
7. Russia must become leader in knowledge, intellect and culture, Putin tells supporters.
8. Vladimir Putin addressed Russian Popular Front Action Forum.
9. TASS: Vedomosti: Russians favor changes ahead of coming presidential election.
10. Financial Times: Young voters left cold by Putin’s focus on Russia’s past. Advisers warn that a generation eager for change needs a vision for the future.
11. AP: Opposition Leader Says He Could Beat Putin in Fair Election. (Alexei Navalny)
12. Interfax: Russian electoral body ready to consider Navalny’s documents.
13. Moscow Times: Central Banker Named Putin Heir in Doomsday Prediction. (Elvira Nabiullina)
14. Rethinking Russia: President’s Annual Press Conference: Putin for Political Competition and Steady Development. (comments by experts)
15. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Vladimir Putin takes spotlight as Eurasia connector. At his year-end press conference, the Russian president let drop nuggets essential to understanding what lies ahead on the Eurasian geopolitical chessboard.
16. Andrey Kalikh, Toxic cash: the risks of Russia’s “sovereign civil society” programme. By banning NGOs from receiving foreign funding, the Russian government has forced them to seek financial support at home. But state grants undermine civil society’s independence.
17. Presenting national awards for outstanding achievements in human rights and charity work. (including Lyudmila Alekseyeva)
18. Kenneth Rapoza, Here’s Where The Russians See Oil Prices Going Next Year.
19. Council on Foreign Relations: Amy Myers Jaffe, Could a U.S.-Russia Oil Showdown be Coming?
20. Made in Russia: Kremlin orders companies to replace foreign tech with their own.
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Vitaly Naumkin, THE MIDDLE EAST: PANDORA’S BOX OF FEDERALIZATION.
22. The Economist: Saving President Assad. Vladimir Putin takes a victory lap in the Middle East. Russia’s actions in the Middle East may be aimed at a domestic audience.
23. Carnegie Reporter (Carnegie Corporation of New York): Scott Malcomson, War Games . New Age optimists, pixel-eyed utopians, Soviet Internet insurgents, and arms-control wonks on both sides once saved the world. Could they do it again? (excerpt)
24. Interfax: Moscow does not rule out U.S.’s plans to secede from INF Treaty, pledges instant mirrored response.
25. Washington’s new security strategy has ‘imperial nature’ – Kremlin.
26. TASS: Media: Trump takes Reagan’s ‘peace through strength’ position on Russia.
27. USA Today: Michael O’Hanlon, President Trump might be on to something with Russia. President Trump’s Russia wisdom.
28. Anders Aslund and Daniel Fried, The list that’s freaking out everyone in Moscow. Congress ordered the Trump administration to submit a roster of Russians tied closely to the Kremlin. Used wisely, it can be a powerful tool.
29. The National Interest: Sergey Aleksashenko, Putin’s Russia Keeps Getting More Dangerous. The Ulyukaev verdict shows that personal loyalty to Putin cannot protect an official in the event of a conflict with those who are part of Putin’s inner circle.
30. NYU Jordan Center/PONARS Eurasia: Russia’s Relations with the West one Year after the US Presidential Elections.
31. The Saker, Did the CIA stop a bloodbath in Saint Petersburg?
32. Indian Punchline: M K Bhadrakumar, US-EU-Russia tensions spill over to Ukraine.
33. New York Times: Did Russia Meddle in Brexit? A Social Media Study Casts Doubt.
34. Wall Street Journal: Adam Schiff, What We Know About the Trump Campaign’s Collusion With Russia. Look at the public record. Reality diverges sharply from the president’s vehement denials.
35. Wall Street Journal: In FBI Agent’s Account, ‘Insurance Policy’ Text Referred to Russia Probe. Agent’s text was meant to convey the FBI needed to aggressively investigate allegations of collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
36. Washington Post: Senate intel committee investigating Jill Stein campaign for possible collusion with the Russians.
37. Russia Insider: Patrick Armstrong, If Russians Wanted to Hurt Hillary in 2016 Election This Is What They Would Have Really Done. They would have hit her with Uranium One and stuff from her private server well in advance of the election. They definitely would not have revealed DNC shenanigans only after Sanders was already out of the race.
38. Gilbert Doctorow, Questioning the Russia-gate ‘Motive.’ A key pillar of the Russia-gate affair is the assumption that Russia’s leaders wanted to stop Hillary Clinton and boost Donald Trump, but the Kremlin’s views on last year’s election were much more nuanced.
39. Alexander Mercouris, Mueller probe’s credibility with Congressional Republicans is collapsing. Discrediting of Trump Dossier leaves credibility of Mueller probe with Republicans in tatters.

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