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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#242
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
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1. Russia Beyond: Everything you ever wanted to know about the New Year’s holiday in Russia.
2. Meeting with Government members.
3. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Elections 2018: Elections as Regime Referendums.
4. New York Times: Barred From Running and Boycotting: Navalny’s Quandary in Russia.
5. TASS: Society trusts initiative group to nominate Putin to run for president – experts.
6. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Elections 2018: The Sovkhoz Candidate. (re Communist Party’s Pavel Grudinin)
7. Novaya Gazete: Grigory Yavlinsky, My Truth. On the goal and costs of the participation in the “elections”
8. Wall Street Journal editorial: Democracy, Putin-Style. The Kremlin fears Alexei Navalny is too popular, bars his candidacy.
9. Washington Post editorial: Putin may be in more trouble than we know. What’s the point of his Potemkin vote?
10. Moscow Times: Artemy Troitsky, Maybe Russia Will Completely Change in 2018. Reflections, rumors and predictions for the new year.
11. TASS: Bolshoi to keep controversial Nureyev ballet in its repertoire after next summer’s runs.
12. Interfax: Putin: Russia must get rid of economy’s ‘gray zone’
13. Reuters: Russia to Cut Rates in 2018 to Prop Up Economy in Election Year.
14. Intersection: Vladislav Inozemtsev, Russia’s Economy in 2017: Stable But Troubled. Higher oil prices, state investment and Central Bank activism have maintained surface stability in the Russian economy this year, but there are still significant undercurrents that could serve to accelerate political reforms in 2018.
15. Bloomberg: Putin Tries to Lure $1 Trillion Home as Sanctions Fear Grows.
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, US SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA: THE FORECAST FOR 2018.
17. Route of the future: Russia takes the lead in Arctic exploration.
18. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: FSB chief interviewed on terror threat, Russia-West relations. (excerpts) (Aleksandr Bortnikov)
19. Paul Goble: FSB Chief Says Stalin-Era Repressions were Largely Justified.
20. Wall Street Journal: In West, a Debate Over Talks With Russia. Amid wide differences with Moscow, some caution against diplomacy; historians say war could be the result.
21. TASS: Kommersant: Russian senior diplomat on friends and foes in post-Soviet space.
22. PBS Newshour: American journalist Marvin Kalb writes memoir of a year that changed Russia.
23. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharovv, The Gas Fight Between Ukraine and Russia is Finally Settled – Who Really Won? Repeating any mantra to yourself loudly and often does not change reality, but you could eventually convince yourself that it does.
24. Kiev & Donbass hold E. Ukraine conflict’s largest prisoner exchange.
25. Alexander Mercouris, Why the US decision to supply arms to Ukraine is disastrous. Fuelling war in Ukraine sets situation up for more bloodshed in a theatre where the US has the disadvantage.
26. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin’s interview with the newspaper Kommersant, published on December 27, 2017. (re Ukraine)
27. Moon of Alabama: From Snowden To Russia-gate – The CIA And The Media. (excerpt)
28. Daily Beast: Michael Weiss, Revealed: The Secret KGB Manual for Recruiting Spies.
29. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, The Abyss Between Russian and US Media Just Got Wider. Hasty decisions made on both sides of the Atlantic are causing irreparable damage to journalism as a whole.

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