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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#65
Tuesday, 4 April 2017

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1. Gilbert Doctorow, Thinking Russia Reacts to St Petersburg Terror Attacks. From a nation of romantic philosophers, Russia is today a bastion of rationalism and pragmatism.
2. Meduza: Terrorist attack in St. Petersburg: who was the perpetrator and what do investigators believe happened?
3. St Petersburg Metro blast in mainstream media: ‘Any conspiracies go if it’s about Russia’
4. Awful Avalanche: Breaking News: Subway Terrorist Act in Petersburg, Russia.
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Attack in St. Petersburg: ‘We can’t put a tank outside every kindergarten.’ Russian security services do everything possible but they’re not omnipotent.
6. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, The St. Petersburg Bombing: Why It Won’t Bring America and Russia Together. While Washington and Moscow face a common enemy, they will continue to fight separately.
7. Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to families of those killed and injured in explosion in St Petersburg metro.
8. Truth and Justice Forum of Local and Regional Media.
9. Le Monde diplomatique: Maxime Audinet, Propaganda or alternative worldview? RT, Russia’s voice to the world. The international television news channel RT was an attempt to promote Russian influence in the world. How far has it succeeded?
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Dissecting Moscow’s street protests: Why were there so many youth? Government officials are alarmed that nearly 20 percent of the Moscow protestors who spilled onto the streets on March 26 were under the age of 20, and so now they’re considering measures to more effectively get their message across and lessen the appeal of opposition forces.
11. Alexander Mercouris, Protests in Russia fizzle as Medvedev corruption case unravels. Follow on opposition protests attract derisory turnout as doubts cast on Navalny allegations of corruption by Russian Prime Minister Medvedev.
12. Novaya Gazeta: Russian daily views assumed alliance between Navalny, Communists. (Kirill Martynov)
13. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Report outlines socioeconomic inequality in Russia’s regions. (Igor Nikolayev)
14. The Guardian (UK): Gregory Hosking, Putin is part of a continuum that stretches back to the tsars. In aggressively asserting his country’s strength, Putin wants Russia to regain its status among the great nations contesting power and wealth with one another.
15. Chris Weafer, Ruble defies Kremlin and falling oil price.
16. Bloomberg: Trump Lacks Room to Move on Sanctions on Russia, Economists Say
17. Bear Market Blog: Nick Trickett, A Doubled-Edged Sword: Corruption and Russia’s Pivot East.
20. Wall Street Journal: James Freeman, What Does Obama Think of the Russia Story?. The only reasonable conclusion: Not much.
21. Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi, Putin Derangement Syndrome Arrives. Whatever the truth about Trump and Russia, the speculation surrounding it has become a dangerous case of mass hysteria.
22. Bloomberg: Eli Lake, Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel.
23. Wall Street Journal editorial: Susan Rice Unmasked. Obama’s security adviser sought the name of at least one Trump official in intelligence reports.
24. Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson, The Real Russiagate.
25. San Francisco Chronicle: Former ambassador to Russia says chaos in Congress aids Putin. (Michael McFaul)
26. World Socialist Web Site: Fred Mazelis, New York Times column compares Trump probe to hunt for Soviet “atomic spies”
27. Russian International Affairs Council: Alexander Yermakov, The INF Treaty Is Under Attack. Down a Road Paved with Good Intentions.
28. TASS: Funeral of Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko postponed, says family friend.
29. The Progressive: Yevgeny Yevtushenko-His Poetry Engaged and Enraged Readers at Home and Abroad. (1987 interview by Katrina vanden Heuvel)

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