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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#88
Monday, 8 May 2017

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1. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies. Resurgent anti-Russia hysteria has broader, ominous implications for U.S. foreign policy and the health of political discourse in the United States.
2. Robert Parry, The McCarthyism of Russia-gate. Civil-liberties nightmares about the Surveillance State are coming true, but–since the victims are former Donald Trump advisers – many of the usual civil-liberties defenders are strikingly silent.
3. Twitter: Donald J. Trump, When will the Fake Media ask about the Dems dealings with Russia and why the DNC wouldn’t allow the FBI to check their server or investigate?
4. Twitter: Ian Bremmer, Macron’s Razor: If it looks like the Russians, it’s probably the Russians.
5. Twitter: Michael McFaul, Putin has paid no price yet for interfering in the domestic affairs of democracies. He wont stop until he does pay.
6. Wall Street Journal: Despite Sanctions, Russia’s Oil Industry Powers On.
7. Financial Times: Russia struggles to unleash clean energy potential. Reliance on fossil fuels and politics keep investment away from renewables.
8. Sputnik: Who is Mr. Putin? West Still Can’t Figure Out Russian President. (Kostin, Lukyanov)
9. Experts Say 70/70 Electoral Result Possible.
10. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian experts debate Putin’s electoral support figures.
11. Paul Goble: Might Putin Name His Own Successor? — and for Same Reasons Yeltsin Did in 1999?
12. Moscow Times: Leader Navalny Lands in Barcelona for Treatment.
13. Vedomosti: Navalny seen as first of coming new generation of leaders. (Fedor Krasheninnikov)
14. The Guardian (UK): Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, For once, Putin is doing the right thing for Syria. The Russian president is partly responsible for the carnage in Syria. But after six years of civil war, humanitarian safe zones would be a step forward.
15. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Memorandum on the creation of de-escalation areas in the Syrian Arab Republic.
16. Putin-Trump meeting must bring specific results, not just symbolic handshake – Lavrov.
17. Lavrov will meet Tillerson in Washington DC to talk Syria & Ukraine on May 10.
18. Interfax: Reports on U.S. intention to monitor Russian ports in Primorye wrong – source in U.S. Congress.
19. Wall Street Journal: The Arctic: Source of Conflict or Cooperation? Tillerson and Lavrov are expected at this week’s meeting of Arctic Council at time of heightened tension.
21. Moscow Times: Artemy Kalinovsky, Russia Gambles in Afghanistan – Again Moscow’s overtures with the Taliban risk destabilizing the region and antagonizing military superpowers.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Poll: 76 percent of Russians to celebrate Victory Day in 2017. Interest in the holiday commemorating the anniversary of the end of Great Patriotic War is the highest it has been since 2000, survey results show.
23. Awful Avalanche: Soviet Actors As War Heroes – Innokenty Smoktunovsky.
24. Sputnik: How the Immortal Regiment Unites Post-Soviet Space, and Who’s Trying to Stop It.
25. The Guardian (UK): China Miéville, Why does the Russian revolution matter? One hundred years ago, Lenin’s Bolshevik uprising overturned centuries of feudalism in Russia. But what does it mean for the world today?
26. Washington Post: David Filipov, Putin uses the Soviet defeat of Hitler to show why Russia needs him today.
27. Paul Goble: ‘Putin’s GULAG More Horrible than Stalin’s,’ Researchers Say.
29. Maxim Alyukov, How does Russian TV propaganda really work? New research shows that Russian state media’s influence is by no means total. Most people are capable of watching television news critically – provided they’re given the opportunity to do so.
30. New York Times (April 2014): In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin. (“making it a pariah state”)

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