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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#64
Monday, 3 April 2017

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1. TASS: Putin says media should oppose authorities.
2. Reuters: Putin Says Russia’s Existing Internet Regulations Are Sufficient.
3. Russia Beyond the Headlines: How will Russia’s government respond to the people’s protests? University professors are advocating an anti-Navalny line and senators want an investigation. What measures have been taken a week after the biggest protest in the last five years, and what will change?
4. Washington Post: David Filipov, A near-no show on Red Square highlights problems of Russia’s protest movement.
5. Head of Russian rights council urges major changes in public protest laws.
6. Danielle Ryan, Dictator vs. democrat? Not quite: Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is no progressive hero. Alexey Navalny has become a media hero for protesting Putin’s corruption. But his own politics are downright Trumpy.
7. Russian website comments on latest anti-corruption protests. (Alexander Ivakhnik)
8. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin Is Up, But Russians Are Feeling Down.
9. Quarter of Russians put state interests above personal rights, poll shows.
10. Economy Turns Russians’ Gaze From Crimea.
11. Rosstat Sees End of Recession.
12. Russia’s March manufacturing PMI continues its strongest expansion since 2011.
13. TASS: Russia to maintain food import ban as long as Western sanctions are in place.
15. Kenneth Rapoza, Putin Strikes Back: ‘No Interference’ With Trump Election.
16. Washington Post: Joe Heim, For Russians in Washington, the spy jokes are getting old.
17. Russian Life: Where the Russians Are. A color-coded map of the US, showing which states have the highest percentage of Russian immigrants.
18. Daniel Lazare, Democrats’ Blind Obsession on Russia-gate. Instead of focusing on President Trump’s poor policies – or fixing their own shortcomings – Democrats obsess over Russia-gate, though the case is flimsy and reeks of McCarthyism.
19. Renee Parsons, The Democrats Futile Search for Evidence.
20. Washington Post: E.J. Dionne Jr. The right’s jarring drift toward Russia. It’s not hysterical or hypocritical to interrogate Russia’s intervention in the 2016 campaign.
21. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, What Devin Nunes Knows. Team Obama was spying broadly on the incoming administration.
22. Schiff: Still no ‘definitive’ link between Russia, Trump campaign.
23. Alexander Mercouris, Here’s why the whole Russiagate scenario set out in Trump Dossier is totally absurd.The Trump Dossier upon which the whole scandal rests describes a process of decision making within the Russian government that bears no relation to reality, thereby proving itself a fake.
24. Daniella Ryan, Democrats launch delusional ‘Moscow Project’ to ‘uncover the truth’ about Trump and Russia.
25. Washington Post: Carlos Lozada, Trump’s new Russia expert wrote a psychological profile of Vladimir Putin – and it should scare Trump. Review of “Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin” by Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy.
26. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Can NATO and Russia avoid a war in Europe? The Russia-NATO Council meeting on March 30 failed to convince anyone that things won’t get worse, but at least it showed that the West won’t shut down the channels of communications. Nevertheless, with NATO forces growing stronger on Russia’s western border, the rising tensions will only contribute to an uncertain future. Can the two countries find a way back from the edge of the abyss?
27. TASS: Funeral ceremony for famed poet Yevtushenko anticipated on April 4.
28. Legendary Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies aged 84.
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Mikhail Viesel, 5 reasons why Yevtushenko deserved a Nobel Prize. In recent years, Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko tended to be evasive when asked which Russian poet long deserved to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature. The answer must have been obvious, and his self-confidence was not unfounded.
30. The Guardian (UK): Robin Milner-Gulland, Yevgeny Yevtushenko obituary. Rebellious Russian poet and author of Babi Yar, who became a celebrity in the west.
31. New York Times: Tariq Ali, What Was Lenin Thinking?
32. Moscow Times: Deciphering a Revolution. ‘1917: Code of a Revolution’ is the first exhibition marking this year’s centenary.
33. Origins: Pietro A. Shakarian, The Best Moments in U.S.-Russian Relations.
34. The Unz Review: The Saker, Searching for Russia.
35. Colin Clarke, How Russia Became the Jihadists’ No. 1 Target. Monday’s bombing in St. Petersburg might be only the beginning of a new terrorist wave.

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