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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. Russian-US relations to “degenerate further” – pundit. (Sergei Karaganov)
3. 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. 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. 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. 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. Tim Hayward, Chemical Attacks in Syria: is Assad responsible?
26. 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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