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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#53
Friday, 17 March 2017

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1. Medium.com: Jeffrey Carr, Was Yahoo a sanctioned FSB operation or a rogue operation?
2. The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion.
3. Quartz: James Carden, The paranoid attempts to tie Trump to Russia are distracting US liberals from their real problems.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, WEAPONIZING COMEDY.
5. www.rt.com: Majority of Russians back current foreign policy, shrug off sanctions – poll.
6. TASS: More than 75% of Russians think Moscow should not fight on to lift sanctions – poll.
7. AP: For the Kremlin, Boosting Turnout Is Key Task for 2018 Vote.
8. Paul Goble: Regional Elites Now Excluded from Politics Seek a Bigger Role, Kudrin Center Study Finds.
9. Sputnik: Putin: Russian Economy’s Adaptation to New Conditions Almost Over.
10. Kremlin.ru: Plenary session of Congress of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
11. TASS: Number of dollar billionaires up 11% in Russia last year.
12. Christian Science Monitor: By Fred Weir, Sochi redux? St. Petersburg stadium echoes battle between investment, corruption. Slated to be one of the host sites for the 2018 World Cup, Krestovsky Stadium has been plagued by cost overruns and opaque business dealings. The project could end up costing St. Petersburg more than $1 billion.
13. www.popularmechanics.com: Russia’s Defense Budget Is Set to Shrivel.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Time ripe for China and Russia to form an alliance – Chinese expert. Ahead of the Silk Road summit in Beijing in May, a reporter from the Kommersant Daily spoke to Yan Xuetong, Dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations at Tsinghua University, about China’s relations with Russia, challenges faced by BRICS and the drawbacks of globalization.
15. Wall Street Journal: Russia Pushes to Boost Arms Exports. Moscow courts U.S. customers as it tries to recover from drop in foreign sales after Crimea annexation.
16. The National Interest: Daniel McCarthy, Why Is John McCain Accusing Rand Paul of Working for Russia? Nowadays, principled ideological differences are portrayed as unpatriotic, even morally treasonous.
17. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky and Gilbert Doctorow, The scorning of Moscow. Trump adversaries would ruin a potential U.S.-Russia anti-terror partnership.
18. The Recorder: Why all this worry over Trump ties to Russia, American millennials ask.
19. Politico.eu: Unquiet American. Putin is unlikely to be brought in from the cold, says former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul.
20. New York Magazine: What Does Vladimir Putin Want? (interview with Alexander Vershbow)
21. Rethinking Russia: Anatoly Torkunov, Reconciling with the Past.
23. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Gazeta.ru: Why Russia won’t cut a deal with the U.S. on Crimea. Experts say that the very idea of holding a repeat referendum on Crimea’s future runs counter to the fundamental principles of Russian state policy.
24. Awful Avalanche: In Crimea, Russia Backs Traditional Islam – Part III.

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