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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#31
Friday, 10 February 2017

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1. ‘Wars not diminishing’: How Putin’s iconic 2007 Munich speech sounds today.
2. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, 10 Years Ago Today, Putin Declared War.
4. Washington Post: Andrew Roth, What Russians think when they hear ‘Putin’s a killer’
5. New performance indicators drawn for Russia’s governors.
6. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Navalny promises to run for president in 2018 despite conviction. A Russian court on Feb. 8 gave Alexey Navalny a five-year suspended sentence on charges of embezzlement. According to Russian law, he is disqualified for running for president in 2018. The opposition figure, however, said the sentence won’t put an end to his electoral ambitions.
7. Vedomosti: Russian experts view Navalny’s post-trial election options.
8. Constitutional Court orders retrial in Russian protester’s case. (re Ildar Dadin)
9. Russia’s economy grows at $40 per barrel oil. Russia’s Central Bank last week said appetite was low for an increase in lending rates.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Vzglyad: Food import substitution turns out to be extremely profitable. Russia has saved $4 billion since it began substituting imported products in response to the imposition of food embargoes by the U.S. and EU, the Agriculture Ministry says. But is this enough to encourage the future growth of production?
11. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Donald Trump Gives Russia Hope-Sort Of. Will Washington and Russia hit the reset button?
12. AP: Kremlin: Talks to Decide Future of Nuclear Pact With US.
13. Washington Post: Andrew Roth, Trump’s Russia strategy collides with foreign policy reality in leaked call with Putin.
14. BBC: Russia’s ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hackers: What were they trying to do?
15. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, With eye on Trump, Russia and China strengthen alliance.
16. Alexander Mercouris, Russia’s military bases in Syria. As a result of the Syrian war Russia is building a base complex in Syria which for the first time rivals that of the US in the eastern Mediterranean.
17. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Why post-Soviet integration will be a lot harder than the Kremlin thought. 25 years after the official collapse of the Soviet Union, the forces of disintegration in the post-Soviet space appear to be stronger than those of integration.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Dmitry Polikanov, How serious is the row between Russia and Belarus? Minsk regularly picks quarrels with Moscow, driven largely by a desire to gain economic benefits. This time, however, it seems Moscow is in no hurry to meet the demands of its junior partner. Why is this, and where might it lead?
20. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Baltic Sea Pipeline Scares The Life Out Of Ukraine.
21. Kyiv Post: Rumor mill goes into overdrive over prospect of secret peace deal with Kremlin.
22. Russia Insider: Brave Ukrainian Army Repels Russia’s Latest Fake Invasion. The best fake invasion yet resulted in 114 attacks against Ukrainian positions.
23. Justin Raimondo, The Warlords of Kiev. Ukraine militarists restarting conflict with separatists.
24. Russia Reviewed: Too far gone?
25. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 9 FEBRUARY 2017.
26. David Law: The Gathering Storm.
27. The Real News Network: US-Russia Relations in “Most Dangerous Moment.” Dr. Stephen Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is “a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis.”
28. The Economist: Tag-team troubles. What America might want from Russia, but is unlikely to get. Vladimir Putin could do very well out of Donald Trump.

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