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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#237
Wednesday, 20 December 2017
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1. Awful Avalanche: Father Frost Caught In Bitcoin Scandal!
2. AP: Putin: Public Man Who Is Reserved Even by Russian Standards.
3. RFE/RL: Launching Campaign, Putin Says Russia’s ‘Stability’ Crucial.
4. www.rt.com: Liberal Democrats approve longtime leader Zhirinovsky as presidential candidate for 2018 race.
5. Vedomosti: Poll suggests new desire for change among Russians.
6. TASS: More than 83% of Russian voters to support Putin as president – poll.
7. TASS: Putin views promoting mortgages and lowering interest rates as essential.
8. Vesti.ru: Out of Ashes of the 90’s, a New Generation of Youth Rises Ready to Rebuild Russia.
9. The National Interest: George Beebe, Thank You for Sharing: A Rare Counterterror Win for U.S.-Russian Relations. The United States and Russia remain capable of limited cooperation in areas where their interests overlap, despite their deep mutual suspicions.
10. Asia Times: M.K. Bhadrakumar, In from the cold: CIA gesture indicates thawing US-Russia ties.
11. Interfax: Law on foreign-agent media to affect owners of sites with info disseminated with foreign funding.
12. The Economist: Notes from the undertaker. Russia’s dysfunctional funeral business gets a makeover. A shoot-out at a cemetery and the government’s need for revenue prompt reform of an often corrupt sector.
13. Bloomberg: There’s Still a Huge Influx of Foreign Cash to Russia.
14. www.rt.com: Best year for Russian IPOs since 2011 signals return of bullish sentiment to country.
15. Moscow Times: Nabi Abdullaev, Russia’s Top 4 Business Risks in 2018 . Sanctions, infighting between the elite and popular protests could all make Russia a more difficult place for foreign business next year.
16. Intellinews.com: Russia opens up the icy Northeast Sea Route transport route to Asia.
17. Bloomberg: Putin’s Mr. OPEC Becomes an Oil Market Player. After the deal with OPEC, Russia’s energy minister is now as closely watched as his Saudi counterpart. Alexander Novak)
18. www.opendemocracy.net: Mikhail Kaluzhsky, Arseny Roginsky: Giving Russia its history back.On 18 December, Arseny Roginsky, historian, dissident and one of the founders of Russia’s Memorial society, passed away. He will be sorely missed.
19. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Russians Worried Of Secret ‘Blacklist’ Launching In February.
20. TASS: Russian Foreign Ministry describes US’ new national security strategy as confrontational.
21. TASS: Russian security chief comments on US National Security Strategy.
22. Eurasianet.org: Joseph Kucera, US Signals Return to Great Power Competition in Eurasia.
23. www.rt.com: Danielle Ryan, Trump’s national security strategy proves US foreign policy never really changes.
24. Russian International Affairs Council: Luca Ratti, Reviving NATO-Russia relations 50 years after the Harmel report. (excerpt)
http://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/reviving-nato-russia-relations-50-years-after-the-harmel-report/
25. The Cipher Brief: COLIN P. CLARKE AND WILLIAM COURTNEY, Russia Trapped in Syria.
26. European Leadership Network: Thomas Graham, It’s not Time to Arm Ukraine.
27. Fort Russ: Eduard Popov, War on the Horizon? Russian aides pressured out of Donbass peacekeeping.
28. Reuters: Ukraine, allies fear escalation after Russia exits ceasefire group.
29. Valdai Discussion Club: Mikhail Pogrebinsky, UKRAINE 2017 – THE ROAD TO DEADLOCK.
30. Washington Post: Long journeys and unforgettable encounters: Foreign correspondents share their most memorable tales. (excerpt re Russia)
31. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Newsweek’s claim Putin is planning World War 3 is completely fake.
32. New York Times: Thomas Friedman, Merry Christmas, Vladimir – Your Friend, Donald.

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