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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#81
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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1. The Nation: Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, My Universe Continues to Expand. Challenging the Western narrative that says Russia isn’t free. (DJ: Must reading.)
2. Izvestia: Putin’s internet aide discusses state IT reforms. (German Klimenko)
3. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Annual budget loss from corruption in Russia is $1.3 billion. Official figures are undervalues level of real crimes, report says.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Over half of Russians don’t want men looking after new-born babies.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center/Forbes.ru: Russia and the “Resource Curse”: When the Kremlin’s Policy is Counterproductive for the Economy. (with ANDREY MOVCHAN and PAVEL KOSHKIN)
6. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Who Really Influences Policy in Moscow? With thousands of Russians being branded as close associates of Vladimir Putin, it is difficult to tell who actually has a voice in the Kremlin.
7. Valdai Discussion Club: KEY INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES AS SEEN BY VALDAI CLUB EXPERTS. (Fyodor Lukyanov, Dmitry Gorenburg, Richard Weitz)
8. www.rt.com: Gazprom CEO sees Russian dominance of European gas market.
9. Wall Street Journal: EU Hopes to Increase Dialogue With Moscow but Obstacles Remain. Although EU foreign policy chief met Monday with Russian counterpart, sanctions and other issues keep them apart.
10. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, What Sanctions? JP Morgan And Goldman Sachs Become Top Three Investment Banks In Russia.
11. The Hill: William Perry, Have we forgotten the Cold War? Nuclear threat more real than ever.
12. Bloomberg: Tobin Harshaw, Putin’s Arms Bazaar Is in a Serious Sales Slump.
13. Russian Council on International Affairs: CIS in 2017: Achievements, Challenges, Prospects. (Irina Bolgova, Sergey Markedonov, Aleksandr Gushchin, Vladimir Evseev)
14. Gazeta.ru: Russian academics discuss US North Korea policy.
15. Indian Punchline: M. K. Bhadrakumar, US can’t take pressure anymore in Afghanistan.
16. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, A China-Russia Alliance? The debate in Beijing continues to heat up.
17. www.rt.com: UN must lead battle against ‘pandemic’ of fake news & disinformation – Russian FM spokeswoman.
18. Washington Post: David Filipov, Russians are fighting the war of words against the U.S. with American words.
19. Moscow Times: Should Medvedev Resign? Almost Half of Russians Questioned in Poll Think So.
20. The Hill: Taras Kuzio, Beyond Manafort: Both parties deal with pro-Russian Ukrainians
21. Sputnik: US ‘Isn’t Abandoning Its Ukrainian Project – They’re Just Trying to Save a Buck’
22. Irrussianaility: Paul Robinson, ELECTRICAL SEPARATION. (re Ukraine)
23. AP: RUSSIA STEPS IN AFTER UKRAINE CUTS POWER TO REBEL-HELD EAST.
24. Mark Ames is back on the Russia beat. Former co-editor with Matt Taibbi of The eXile in Moscow.

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