RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-84 :: Tuesday, 2 May 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#84
Tuesday, 2 May 2017

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1. Meduza: What’s wrong with American articles about ‘The New Cold War’ with Russia?
3. ‘It’s very important we hear what Putin has to say’ – Oliver Stone.
4. Twitter: Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment Russia and Eurasia Program: “Kremlin propaganda comes to Showtime. Putin smirks in this trailer when Oliver Stone asks him ‘Why did Russia hack the election?'” [Trailer here]
5. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremists’: Court sharpens edges of Russia’s religious space. A Supreme Court ruling puts the Jehovah’s Witnesses at risk of property seizure and prison over the sect’s proselytization and ‘radical’ beliefs. Even members of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church say the decision goes too far.
6. Kenneth Rapoza, This Is Russia’s Biggest Problem.
7. Interfax: More than half of Russians want Putin to be reelected as Russian president – poll.
8.; Mark Galeotti, Medvedev’s fate foreshadows Russia’s.
10. Paul Goble: By Focusing on Corruption Alone, Opposition Unwittingly Helping Kremlin, Pavlova Says.
11. Financial Times: Hardliners urge Kremlin crackdown on social media. Russia has introduced increasingly draconian web laws but some are pushing for more.
12. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Moscow Property Prices.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living. Over the past several years, Moscow has turned into a global leader in the introduction of urban smart technologies and accessible communications. Muscovites can now recharge their smartphones and tablets while waiting for the bus, and access the Internet via lamppost hotspots.
14. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Moscow Housing Demolition Program Creates New Wave of Angry Urbanites.
15. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Trump’s alleged achievement: Has Washington ‘isolated’ Moscow at the UN? China’s decision to abstain from voting on a resolution that condemned Syria for using chemical weapons was seen as a diplomatic victory by the White House. Experts, however, say that Russia-China ties remain strong.
16. Washington Post: Andy Akin, What do we know about Russia’s ‘Grand Strategy?’
17. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Poll: More than 60 percent of Russians support Le Pen. When it comes to the West, a large percentage of Russians back populist leaders like Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump, as well as ideas such as Brexit and Scottish independence, polls conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center reveal.
18. How US cybersleuths decided Russia hacked the DNC. Digital clues led security pros to agencies in Putin’s government. It’s as close as we’ll ever get to proof that Russia did it. (re CrowdStrike)
19. Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Trump blasts Russia dossier and Democrats’ use of it.
20. Washington Times: James Lyons, The great Democratic deception. The Russian election scam is a diversion from surveillance of the Trump campaign.
21. Remembering The Odessa Massacre: 2 May 2014. The Odessa Massacre remains a haunting moment for the mothers and fathers who had to bury their young children after they were burned alive or fell to their death.

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