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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#47
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, A revolution forsaken? Why Russia is ignoring its first flirtation with liberalism. Before the October Revolution in which the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia, there was the February Revolution that toppled the czar and installed a pro-West liberal government. But a century later, that government is a footnote.
2. Meduza: What’s wrong with American articles about ‘The New Cold War’ with Russia?
3. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Damage Done: How Russia Hysteria Has Hurt U.S.-Russia Relations. U.S. politicians should step back and let a nonpartisan commission sort out the Russophobia mess.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Holiday in Siberia: Why Russia’s leader spends free time in rugged places? The Russian president recently took a small holiday in the wilderness of the Siberian taiga, and political analysts believe this is how Putin is trying to set an example to exhort Russians to vacation in their own country. It’s also a chance for him to demonstrate his virility.
5. Bloomberg: Russia Is Running on More Than Just the Black Stuff. The world’s largest energy producer is out of its longest recession in two decades.
6. Russia Country Report – February, 2017.
7. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Goes From ‘Hero To Zero.’
8. Moscow Times: The Russian Billionaires on Bloomberg’s Rich List. Only a select few of Russia’s oligarchs make it to the top of the world’s rich lists.
9. Russian civil society viewed on anniversary of Nemtsov death.
10. Paul Goble: Defeat of Russian Civic Nation Law Shows Putin Isn’t All-Powerful, Krasheninnikov Says.
11. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, Image of Russia as a New Tool in US Political Strife.
12. New York Review of Books: Masha Gessen, Russia: The Conspiracy Trap.
13. The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, Democrats Now Demonize the Same Russia Policies that Obama Long Championed.
14. WikiLeaks publishes ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’
15. Washington Post: Robert Kagan, Republicans are becoming Russia’s accomplices.
16. Wall Street Journal: U.S.-Russia Military Meeting on Syria Follows Friendly-Fire Deaths.
17. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Tim Stanley, Ignore the Democrat witch hunt – Trump is quietly turning into a hawk on Russia.
18. Bryan MacDonald, Can Britain and Russia be friends again?
19. Russia Beyond the Headlines: What was Putin doing in Central Asia? The Russian President’s visit to the former Soviet Central Asian republics focused on combatting the terrorist threat from neighboring Afghanistan, forging cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union and getting to know possible presidential candidates in Kyrgyzstan.
20. The Independent (UK): Oliver Bennett, Soviet architecture: a revolution within the Revolution. As part of our series commemorating the centenary of the Russian Revolution, Oliver Bennett looks at the radical architecture that emerged at the time.
21. Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Fan of Nazi collaborator to represent Ukraine at Paris Holocaust symposium.
22. Russia Direct: Vladimir Dvorkin, What lessons Trump, Putin can learn from the 1986 US-Soviet summit. As Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump prepare for their first meeting, they should keep in mind lessons from the 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland.
23. H-Diplo: ISSF Roundtable 9-12 on Robert Legvold’s Return to Cold War. Response by Robert Legvold to James M. Goldgeier, Rajan Menon, Condoleezza Rice, and Angela Stent.
24. The New York Review of Books: Archie Brown, How Did the Cold War Really End?
25. C-SPAN: U.S.-Russia Relations. Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul delivered a lecture on U.S.-Russia relations.

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