RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-55 :: Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#55
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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1. How did the intelligence community know that the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee? CrowdStrike told them so. Excerpt from hearing.
2. Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi, Notes From the House Select Intelligence Hearing on Russia. In one of the most anticipated congressional hearings in years, James Comey and Mike Rogers took turns saying nothing.
3. Washington Post editorial: No, Republicans, the ‘real story’ is not the leaks. Faced with damning testimony on Russia and wiretapping, members of the House Intelligence Committee choose misdirection over investigation.
4. The National Interest: Daniel McCarthy, Why the House Hearings Revealed More About America Than Russia. Devin Nunes says James Comey put a big, gray cloud over the Trump administration, but the paranoia surrounding the hearings suggests that Congress is unlikely to help dispel it.
5. New York Times editorial: Comey’s Haunting News on Trump and Russia.
6. Robert Parry, The Missing Logic of Russia-gate. Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian “hacking” of the presidential election, but logic is often missing.
7. TASS: Putin highlights jump in life expectancy to 71.8 years as encouraging.
8. Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects meeting.
9. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, GUESS WHO’S GETTING HAPPIER AND WHO’S NOT?
10. What do everyday Russians think of Trump? A Russia expert explains. Ellen Mickiewicz on how Russians watch the news.
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Study: Russians $75 worse off each year due to sanctions. Public paying for counter sanctions although less worried about embargos.
12. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Most Russians have no plans to improve living conditions.
13. The Guardian (UK): Anne Garrels, A thousand miles from Moscow: how Putin forged his Russian heartland. He may be reviled in the west but the president was a godsend in the desperate, dying old rustbelt towns.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Who will be Russia’s next president? With presidential pardons, high-level meetings in the Kremlin and a purge of governors, Russia is gearing up for the 2018 presidential election. And just about everyone is betting on Putin.
15. Opposition figure Navalny attacked with antiseptic dye.
16. Intersection: Stepan Goncharov, Russia’s Opposition: Can it be Great Again? Here’s how to unite protest voters: from anti-corruption investigations, to the local agenda.
7. Yigal Chazan, Russia emerges as a wheat superpower.
18. Asif Siddiqi, Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling Mightily. It’s the only country that regularly sends humans to orbit. But its long-term prospects don’t look great.
19. TASS: 100 years on, Czar Nicholas II’s demise still weighs on Russian history.
20. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Three years after Russia retook Crimea, are the locals really satisfied? Russia’s third celebration of Crimea’s takeover got the media attention once again, with some experts warning that the euphoria over Crimea might end sooner and later.
21. Russia Direct: Mikhail Mochanov, The ‘Crimean question’ in Canada-Russia relations. Even though cherry-picking might be natural for media and politicians who seek to promote their own agenda, such approach could be counterproductive in resolving the Ukrainian standoff, an indicated by the debates over Crimea.
22. RFE/RL: Ukraine’s Central Bank Revises Down GDP Outlook As Blockade Hits.
23. Bryan MacDonald, NATO logic: British troops in Estonia, good. Russian soldiers in Russia, bad.
24. Sputnik: Russia, Japan Prepare Proposals for Joint Cooperation on Kuril Islands.
25. Russian International Affairs Council: Irina Bolgova, Russia’s Political Agenda in the Post-Soviet Space.
26. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Weapons of mass derision: Is Russian comedy the Kremlin’s secret weapon? NATO analysts studied Russian comedy TV programs over the past nine years and concluded that they serve the Kremlin’s political objectives and are directed against the West.
28. The New Yorker: David Remnick and Evan Osnos, WHAT TO MAKE OF DONALD TRUMP’S EARLY-MORNING WIRETAP TWEETS. (excerpt re Fiona Hill)
29. Gilbert Doctorow, Clearing space for a new foreign policy: the Establishment begins to stir. In this essay we consider why Foreign Affairs has just published an article on U.S. policy towards Russia that trashes the positions of all their featured contributors these past several years.
30. “Global Laundromat” has the Guardian in a Spin.
31. Susan Glasser, Is Russiagate a Conspiracy Theory? Masha Gessen weighs in on Putin, Trump and what we should really be afraid of. (excerpt)

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