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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#245
Sunday, 31 December 2017
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1. Russia Beyond: 10 masterful quotes about the Russian soul that you need to know.
2. Interfax: Putin wishes change for better, success, wellbeing to Russians, peace, prosperity to ‘beloved, one and only Russia’
3. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, What Will U.S.-Russia Relations Look Like in 2018? If the current U.S. policy approach towards Russia fails, might Trump revert to his instincts and seek to cut a deal?
4. TASS: Mutual respect should be basic in relations between Russia, US – Putin.
5. TASS: Trump still wants to mend ties with Moscow – Russian ambassador.
6. The Real News: As Russian Election Begins, Will Russiagate End? Russian politician Alexi Navalny is calling for a boycott of next year’s presidential election after being barred from running over corruption charges. We speak to Professor Stephen F. Cohen about Navalny, the Russian election, and how Russians are viewing the never-ending Russiagate controversy in the US.
7. RFE/RL: Interview: Sobchak Calls Presidential Run A Step To Changing Russian System, Rejects Navalny Boycott.
8. Aina Gamzatova: The Muslim woman challenging Putin.
9. The New Yorker: Masha Gessen, Alexey Navalny and the Empty Spectacle of the Russian Election.
10. Alexander Mercouris, Navalny’s phoney Presidential bid and the Russian Presidential election.

Navalny’s phoney Presidential bid and the Russian Presidential election

12. Sky News (UK): John Sparks, How Russia is embracing its tumultuous past. Some believe a communist state envisaged by the Bolsheviks will one day sweep through the country once again.
13. Paul Goble: Forcing Repatriation of Funds Won’t Solve Russia’s Economic Problem, Gontmakher Says.
14. TASS: About 13% of Russian population live below poverty line – ministry.
15. TASS: PM Medvedev calls poverty striking problem of Russian economy.
16. Takie Dela: Andrei Bespalov, Russia’s Working Poor. Employed and Poor.
17. TASS: Everything you need to know about minimum monthly wage in Russia.
18. First tanker of Russian gas arrives in UK to keep Britons from freezing this winter.
19. Valai Discussion Club: Mary Dejevsky, 2017: THE YEAR IN WHICH EUROPE’S FUTURE TURNED.
20. Washington Post editorial: Trump’s worthy choice to provide Ukraine weapons.
21. The Guardian (UK): Jonathan Steele, The Nuclear Confrontation by Rodric Braithwaite review – Armageddon and paranoia. An insider’s view of the ethical dilemmas and intelligence blunders that fuelled the cold war.
22. Lucy Komisar: Developments re Browder.
23. Daily Beast: Michael Weiss, The KGB Playbook for Turning Russians Worldwide Into Agents. A KGB manual showed how valuable-and how treacherous-Russian émigrés could be. Did KGB veteran Vladimir Putin learn those lessons?
24. New York Times: How the Russia Inquiry Began: A Campaign Aide, Drinks and Talk of Political Dirt.
25. U.S. needn’t fear Russia, RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan says.
26. The Hill: In surprise, Trump maintains many Obama-era Russia policies.
27. Paul Callan, Trump is right about the FBI.
28. What should Putin hack in 2018? (POLL)
29. Wall Street Journal: Partisan Divisions Emerge Over Future of Congressional Russia Investigations. Republicans seek to bring House and Senate probes to an end, while Democrats push for more investigative work.
30.; Virginia Tilley, The New Hysteria on Kremlin Trolls.

The New Hysteria on Kremlin Trolls

31. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, A Year in Trump-Russia Hysteria. What the country can learn from ‘Z’ and ‘Seven Days in May.’

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