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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#67
Thursday, 6 April 2017

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1. Ben Aris, Putin’s popularity untouched by March protests but Medvedev’s sink.
2. 38% of Russians Approve of Navalny Protests.
3. Novaya Gazeta: Russian protest leader interviewed inside detention centre. (Navalny)
4. Novaya Gazeta: Russian daily views reason for schoolchildren’s participation in protests.
5. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Metro blast not to prompt political screw-tightening – Russian analysts.
6. Awful Avalanche: Breaking News: Names Of Subway Terror Victims.
7. Moscow Times: Angelina Davydova, After the Blast, St. Petersburg Shows a Unique Civic Spirit. Russia has grown more open and friendly, but part of the response was uniquely local.
8. Danielle Ryan, Terrorism in America? They hate us for our freedom! Terrorism in Russia? They had it coming! No hashtags or Facebook memes for the victims in St. Petersburg, where a gruesome attack is portrayed as blowback.
9. Reuters: The enemy within: Russia faces different Islamist threat with metro bombing.
10. James Carden, The Ugly Underbelly of Russia-gate. The dangerous demonization of Russia has spilled over into the creepy behavior of U.S. pundits spinning ugly conspiracy theories when tragedy strikes Russians.
11. Ellen Mickiewicz: New info re RT.
12. Moscow Times: Kremlin Reportedly Considers Overhauling State TV to Compete Better Against the Internet.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Poll: The economy is now more important to Russians than Crimea. Opinion polls show that a growing number of Russians want more from the state than they are willing to help the state. Researchers see it as a sign that the “Crimean consensus” has been exhausted and can no longer compensate for increasing socioeconomic problems.
14. IHS Markit upgrades Russia sovereign risk rating to investment grade.
15. Technology and government’s hand vital for Russian Arctic development.
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, SANCTIONS AND THE NEW ECONOMIC REALITY.
17. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, Why Russia Ran Rings Around the USA in the Obama Years.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Chemical strike in Syria: Who is behind it and what might happen next? At least 72 people are dead after the chemical attack in the Syrian province of Idlib. The Syrian opposition and the West are blaming Assad’s regime, while Damascus and Moscow are pointing the finger at the opposition. Whoever it was, experts believe the incident will undermine the prospect of a peaceful settlement in Syria.
19. The Unz Report: Anatoly Karlin, This Fishy Smell of Sarin, or Was It Chlorine?
20. Alexander Mercouris, Idlib chemical attack and the usual media tropes. Western media reporting of the Idlib chemical attack far from being objective is yet another example of Western media manipulation of reporting of the Syrian war.
21. Robert Parry, Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria. The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and ignoring other possibilities.
22. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, The Death of Russia’s Great Poet-Dissenter and the Lack of His Civic Courage in the US Establishment/ Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who died last week, challenged Soviet authorities for decades while Americans at far less risk remain silent in the face of Cold War hysteria.
23. TASS: Yevtushenko felt alarmed about rising tensions between Russia, US – poet’s widow.
24. The Nation: Katrina vanden Heuvel, On the Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. The “poetician, not politician” always seemed conscious of the Russian adage that a great writer is more than a writer-he is a second government.
25. Stalin’s popularity in Russia triples since 1990.
26. The Daily Mail (UK): Alana Goodman, Cybersecurity experts who were first to conclude that Putin hacked presidential election ABANDON some of their claims against Russia – and refuse to co-operate with Congress. (re CrowdStrike)

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