RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-59 :: Monday, 27 March 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#59
Monday, 27 March 2017

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1. The Guardian (UK): Dmitri Trenin, Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he’ll never abandon it. By co-opting the masses against the elite, the president has shaped a country to echo his values and grievances. And now he’s working to secure his legacy.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines: ‘We want change. Not promises!’: Mass anti-corruption rallies hit Russia. Huge protests were held in Moscow and other Russian cities. Hundreds of arrests, clashes with riot police, and answers demanded from the authorities followed the Anti-Corruption Foundation’s investigation into Russia’s Prime Minister.
3. TASS: Kremlin airs its views on ‘mass protests’ in Russia.
4. Twitter: David Filipov (Washington Post): There were some pretty rough arrests, & 1 officer was hospitalized but for most of the `day police in #Moscow were generally patient w crowds.
5. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Is Russia seeing the start of a colour revolution?
6. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Moscow Protests: The Tumult on Tverskaya.
7. The Unz Report: Anatoly Karlin, Russia’s Protest Season About to Kick Off.
8. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, ARRESTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.
9. Imprimis: Christopher Caldwell, How to Think About Vladimir Putin.
10. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Editor’s note: Russia Direct stops updating its website. Russia Direct has stopped updating its website following the failure of negotiations between an independent party to take over Russia Direct from its owner, Russian newspaper Rossisykaya Gazeta. (DJ: This is very sad news. RD is an exceptional resource.)
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines: How did Telegram become Russia’s hottest new media in politics?. Telegram, a Russian-made messaging service, also allows users to create channels, and some of these are now used for political discussion and analysis in Russia. They are highly popular among the political establishment, read by tens of thousands of people, cited by journalists, and monitored by politicians. In the prevailing conditions of secrecy in Russian politics, people eagerly follow Telegram’
12. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Oil is the cause of Russia’s outsized corruption problem.
13. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Russia: agricultural superpower?
14. TASS: Bank of Russia points to ruble cutting its ‘oil dependency’
15. www.rt.com: Russia battens down the hatches, preparing budget for era of cheap crude.
16. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Experts assess impact of Western sanctions on Russian economy.
17. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Are Russian lives ‘tough and thankless,’ as the Guardian says?
18. Bear Market Blog: Aaron Schwartzbau, Down to Business: SOEs and the 2018 Election. (State-Owned Enterprises)
20. Voice of America: Cyber Firm Rewrites Part of Disputed Russian Hacking Report. (CrowdStrike)
21. The Hill: Democrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war.
22. Antiwar.com: Justin Raimondo, Where the Anti-Russian Moral Panic is Leading Us. ‘Show me on this doll where Russia touched you’
23. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, Meester Trump Tweets in Russian.
24. New York Times: Masha Gessen, Don’t Fight Their Lies With Lies of Your Own.
25. TASS: US-Russian relations worst in over half-century – Kissinger.
26. The Guardian (UK): Tariq Ali, How Lenin’s love of literature shaped the Russian Revolution. The father of the Soviet Union was also a Latin buff who adored Goethe and liked to compare his enemies to figures in novels.
27. London Review of Books: Tony Wood, Eat Your Spinach. (re Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold, Should We Fear Russia? by Dmitri Trenin, and Who Lost Russia? How the World Entered a New Cold War by Peter Conradi)
28. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions during a lecture for senior officers of the Military Academy of the General Staff, Moscow, March 23, 2017.

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