RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-57 :: Thursday, 23 March 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#57
Thursday, 23 March 2017

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1. Democracy tops list of political systems preferred by Russians.
2. Cybersecurity Firm That Attributed DNC Hacks to Russia May Have Fabricated Russia Hacking in Ukraine. (Crowdstrike)
3. Moon of Alabama: Fool Me Once…DNC Ally Crowdstrike Claimed Two Cases Of “Russian Hacking” – One At Least Was Fake.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, #$@&%*!
5. New York Times: Nicholas Kristof, ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’
6. Bloomberg: Putin Nominates Bank of Russia Head Nabiullina for New Term.
7. Bear Market Brief: War on Shadow Economy May Boost Unemployment and Slash Incomes.
8. Bloomberg: This Recovery Isn’t for Everyone as Inequality Reshapes Russia.
9. Russia’s banking system has SWIFT alternative ready.
10. English farmer ploughs a deep furrow in Russia’s biggest irrigation project.
12. The Federalist: Paul Saunders, CNN’s Special Report On Putin Uses Media Echo Chamber To Attack Trump. ‘The Most Powerful Man in the World’ offers little expertise, choosing instead to cherrypick interviews and history to prove a political point.
13. Fareed Zakaria interview with Dmitry Peskov. (transcript)
14. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Half of Russians “largely trust” mass media – poll.
15. Washington Post: David Filipov, This is what it’s like to be the token American journalist on Russian state TV.
16. Washington Post: David Filipov, Here’s what it’s like to be a Russian TV political talk show host.
17. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why do Beijing and Moscow embrace cyber sovereignty? China has called on Russia and other BRICS nations to commit themselves to the concept of cyber sovereignty, which would allow governments to control their national cyber space in a manner that only they deem appropriate.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Who is trying to turn Russia and Israel against each other? Russia finds itself between a rock and a hard place trying to work with a multitude of implacable enemies in the Middle East. There is a danger that Russian-Israeli relations might become tense in the near future, and it seems Iran is the troublemaker.
19. US Naval Institute News: Panel to Senate: Russia in Class by Itself as U.S. Threat.
20. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras, Cooling the anti-Russia hysteria. There’s more to be gained from an anti-terror alliance.
21. TASS: Putin promises four-fold rise in Russian precision weaponry’s strike potential.
22. Defense One: Peter Zwack, US and Russian Military Leaders Are Meeting Again, Breaking a Long and Dangerous Drought.
23. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Test: Will you be able to survive in a post-apocalyptic Russia?
24. Current Affairs: Nathan Robinson and Alex Nichols, What Constitutes Reasonable Mainstream Opinion. Louise Mensch is delusional, which is why she gets to write for the New York Times
25. Kremlin views possibility of “rationalizing” Crimean agenda – expert. (Tatiana Stanovaya)
26. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Spring Cleaning in Kiev: Who Will Push Poroshenko Out? Whatever power shift occurs in Kiev, it will likely not be a populist movement, but instead another orchestrated coup.
27. Washington Post: Josh Cohen, It sounds unlikely, but there is a way Ukraine and Russia could make peace.
28. The New Yorker: YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT “TRUMP, PUTIN, AND THE NEW COLD WAR,” ANSWERED. The writers of a recent New Yorker article on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election respond to reader questions.(Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa)

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