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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#56
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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1. How to Spot a Communist.
2. AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government.
3. New York Times: New York Today: Russian Spies in Our Midst.
4. Washington Post: Eugene Robinson, Does the FBI’s trail lead to Russia? Agents should scrutinize Moscow connections to Trump’s businesses and close associates such as Roger Stone.
5. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, Leakgate Finds Its Joe McCarthy. On Trump-Russia links, Rep. Schiff tries to fool the public with randomness.
6. Council for Strategic Development and Priority Projects meeting.
7. Working meeting with Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy.
8. TASS: Press review: ‘Deep State’ to bait Trump on Russia ties and Pentagon joins Moscow on Syria.
9. The Russian Reader/7X7: Partisans of Suna Win Fight to Save Forest. Suna Forest Defender Tatyana Romakhina: We Gestated This Victory for Nine Months like a Baby.
10. Senators oppose amendments tightening Russian law on rallies.
11. Russia Direct: Ekaterina Grobman, How Russia is preparing for the 2018 presidential elections. The Kremlin is hesitant about allowing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to run for president in 2018. However, he might be seen as both a tool of attracting voters to the polling stations and a troublemaker.
12. Vedomosti: Russian regional elites want more influence on policy – experts.
13. Interfax: Idea of appointing Russian Academy of Sciences president deserves attention – Matviyenko.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Can Russia become a vital global transport corridor? On the eve of the International Arctic Forum, held in Archangelsk on March 29-30, Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov speaks to RBTH about plans to develop the Northern Sea Route, the Moscow-Kazan high-speed railway, the Moscow-Beijing corridor and new icebreakers.
15. Russia to pay off balance of Soviet-era debt within 45 days.
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Business Community Experts on Prospects of US-Russia Economic Ties.
17. Gilbert Doctorow, What do the Russians want? And how does this affect what Trump can achieve in foreign relations? Trump is hamstrung. The Russians have noted the new situation in Washington and we hear from Russian elites more and more every day just how they plan to proceed on the international stage in the new circumstances.
18. Voice of America: Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data. (re CrowdStrike)
19. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Why the Comey Hearing Was Frightening to a Russian.
20. The National Interest editorial: The House Intelligence Committee Hearing: Missing Questions. Rep. Schiff and many other Democrats apparently w ant to broaden and deepen the existing confrontation between the United States and Russia without giving any thought to its possible consequences.
21. The Nation: James Carden, The House Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russia Was Political Theater. The nature of the committee’s enterprise was clear from the start: to provide House members a public platform to play to their respective bases.
22. Alexander Mercouris, ‘Russiagate’ and the House Intelligence Committee (analysis and discussion).The key disclosure of the hearing from the House Intelligence Committee is that US citizens who have not been accused of any wrongdoing have been investigated as part of a classified counter-espionage investigation since July.
23. Los Angeles Times: Lots of smoke but no fire yet in U.S.-Russia investigation.
24. ‘Unlike any city we’ve ever seen’: New images of Stalin-era Moscow released from US ‘spy’ archive.

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