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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#75
Monday, 17 April 2017

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1. Huffington Post: Fyodor Lukyanov, Here’s Why U.S.-Russia Military Conflict Over Syria Is Looking More And More Likely. To repair his abysmal approval rating, Trump is likely to further intervene in Syria, prompting a dangerous Russian response.
2. Politkom.ru: Russian-US relations to “degenerate further” – pundit. (Sergei Karaganov)
3. www.rt.com: Almost a third of Russians see possibility of war with US – poll.
4. TASS: Poll shows Russians’ view of Trump worsens after missile strike on Syrian military base.
5. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, What Russia-gate Has Wrought. For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russia-gate, the sprawling conspiracy theory that Russia had somehow put Donald Trump in the White House, but suddenly the “scandal” disappeared.
6. Kremlin.ru: Working meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
7. Paul Goble: ‘Young Russians Love Putin, State Ownership and Socialism,’ Poll Finds.
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Easter’s East-West divide: What are the differences? This year, Western and Eastern Christians are celebrating Easter on the same day, on April 16, and it won’t happen again until 2025.
9. TASS: IMF improves economic growth outlook for Russia.
10. Interfax: Govt forecast for annual GDP growth of 1.5% in 2018-2020 does not meet president’s goal – Belousov.
11. Interfax: Fiscal rule already essentially in effect, might be formally introduced in 2018 – Belousov.
12. Financial Times: Renewed US-Russian tension dash business hopes. Sanctions are still in place but financiers say Moscow is recovering.
13. Washington Post: Andrew Roth, Hallmarks of Soviet postwar building boom finally meeting their demise.
14. Paul Goble: Putin’s Subordinates have More Freedom of Action Now than Before 2014, Stanovaya Says.
15. Novaya Gazeta: Russian state TV losing its grip – commentator. (Yulia Latynina)
16. TASS: Trump confirms plans to improve ties with Moscow – Lavrov.
17. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Don’t believe Trump when he says relations with Russia are at an ‘all-time low’ – the truth in Moscow is different. It’s significant that Rex Tillerson went ahead with his Moscow trip so soon after the air strikes in Syria. It’s equally significant that a meeting with Putin went ahead – and, for once, Putin did not keep his guest waiting.
18. Middle East Eye (UK): Jonathan Steele, US-Russia talks: No love-in, but no break-up either.
19. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma.
20. Forbes.com: Tim Worstall, Trump’s Russian Loans Are An Irrelevance – He Could Refinance Within His Own Cabinet.
21. Washington Times: Carter Page rebuts Democrats latching onto ‘completely false’ Russia dossier.
22. CBCNews (Canada): Likely no ‘smoking gun’ on Russian interference in U.S. election, says Russian-American journalist. (Masha Gessen)
23. Paste magazine: Eoin Higgins, Rachel Maddow Is Lost in Her Cold War Conspiracies.
24. LobeLog: Henry Precht, The Syrian War: Two Lessons for Trump.
25. https://timhayward.wordpress.com: Tim Hayward, Chemical Attacks in Syria: is Assad responsible?
26. www.rt.com: Moscow to press OPCW & UN to send experts to probe Idlib chemical incident in Syria – Lavrov.
27. Council on Foreign Relations: Perspectives on Russia. (with Dmitri Trenin and Alexander R. Vershbow)
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Robert Legvold, VALDAI PAPER #64: INTO THE UNKNOWN: U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS UNHINGED.
29. Offguardian: Sharon Tennison, Is Putin Incorruptible?
30. Leonard Bernardo: Open Society Foundations job announcement.

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