RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-243 :: Thursday, 28 December 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#243
Thursday, 28 December 2017
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1. Vesti.ru: Rest in Peace – Top Anchor Pays Tribute to the Great Russians Who Passed in 2017.
2. New York Times: Olga Shevchenko and Oksana Sarkisova, Remembering Life in the Soviet Union, One Family Photo at a Time.
3. Moscow Times: 2017 Hottest Year on Record in Russia.
4. Pravda.ru: Dmitry Sudakov, Ten things that foreigners can never understand about Russians.
5. TASS: Poll indicates more than half of Russians donate blood and the trend is rising.
6. Wall Street Journal: Putin Declares St. Petersburg Blast Terrorism. Grocery store bombing injured 13; Russian president orders officials to act decisively to stop further attacks.
7. TASS: Vedomosti: How Putin prepared for his fourth term in 2017.
8. Interfax: Artificial increase of voter turnout in Russian presidential elections is harmful, it harms electoral system – Pamfilova.
9. www.rt.com: YouTube blocks Navalny’s calls for Russian election boycott.
10. TASS: Facebook explains reason behind blocking of Chechen head’s accounts.
11. RFE/RL: Interview: Kremlin Warning To Navalny About Election Boycott Serves As Fuel For His Campaign. (interview with Nikolai Petrov)
12. www.rt.com: Putin says Russia should ditch petrol in favor of natural gas fuel.
13. TASS: Putin calls for conditions to bring underground economy ‘out of the shadows’
14. Moscow Times: Anton Dolin, Looking Back at the Year in Russian Cinema. Russia’s preeminent film critic gives his critique of 2017.
15. Bloomberg: Russia to Keep Its Grip on Europe’s Gas Market After Record 2017.
16. Sputnik: Year in Review: Russia-Saudi-Led Oil Deal Makes Prices Rise Despite US Shale Output Boost.
17. Valdai Discussion CLub: Timofei Bordachev, MAIN RESULTS OF 2017: ENERGETIC RUSSIA AND THE GREATER EURASIA COMMUNITY.
18. www.rt.com: New US sanctions on Moscow would ‘make Cold War look like child’s play’ – top Russian banker. (Herman Gref)
19. UNIAN (Kyiv): Tillerson: U.S. has no illusions about today’s regime in Russia.
20. The Globalist: Michael Brenner, Russia in the American Mind. Russia has been stigmatized as ghoul no. 2 in the American chamber of horrors. That is an act of escapism that conveniently removes China from much-needed public attention.
21. www.rt.com: Danielle Ryan, Reasons to doubt the veracity of the ‘Steele dossier’ on Trump are still emerging.
22. Tablet: Lee Smith, Did President Obama Read the ‘Steele Dossier’ in the White House Last August? Why the timeline of the scandalous report that fuels Russiagate matters. (excerpt)
23. Smithsonian.com: The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’ The film supposedly had Communistic tendencies.
24. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, The mysterious “Alice Donovan”: a tale brought to you by the FBI. An apology to our readers for publishing a writer who unknown to us plagiarises and writes under a pseudonym.
25. Disobedient Media: Adam Carter, Fancy Frauds, Bogus Bears & Malware Mimicry?! Anomalies Discovered In Malware Found By CrowdStrike Merit Further Inspection. (excerpt)
26. Vesti.ru: “Smarter Not Stronger”: Putin Reveals Counter-Strategy to US Arms Build-Up.
27. Russian International Affairs Council: Igor Ivanov, Is the All-Time Low in Russia-UK Relations behind?
28. Wall Street Journal: Tillerson Discusses Conflict Zones in Call With Russia. Tensions over Ukraine, North Korea reflect a broader debate over East-West dialogue.
29. Valdai Dicussion Club: Pavel Sharikov, PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH: WHAT CHALLENGES THE USA FEARS?
30. Russia in Global Affairs: Sergei Karaganov, A World in Store. Foreign Policy on the Way to the Future.
31. Russia in Global Affairs: Dmitry Trenin, To Understand Ukraine. A New Stage in the Russian State Project.

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