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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#90
Wednesday, 10 May 2017

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1. The Baffler: Yasha Levine, From Russia, with Panic. Cozy bears, unsourced hacks-and a Silicon Valley shakedown.
2. The National Interest: Jacob Helibrunn, It Was Inevitable That Trump Would Fire James Comey. The FBI director repeatedly ventured into matters above his pay grade.
3. Moon of Alabama: Trump Fires FBI Boss James Comey – It’s About Time…
4. ‘Report on alleged Russian hacking is embarrassment to US intelligence profession’ – fmr CIA officer.
5. Someone high up in the Kremlin is protecting Navalny:
6. AP: Russian Opposition Leader Undergoes Eye Surgery After Attack.
7. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Bryan MacDonald, 3 reasons why Navalny probably won’t defeat Putin. Despite what western journalists write, the famous Russian opposition leader is actually not so popular with his fellow countrymen, primarily because they don’t see him as a leader with a coherent platform to run their vast and complex country.
8. Quartz: Samuel Rebo, Could Vladimir Putin-the godfather of populism-be vulnerable to his own creation?
9. Paul Goble: Putin’s Concerns about Election May Allow Protests in Russia to Begin to Work.
10. Natalia Shkurenko, After the bomb: crisis management, Petersburg style. After last month’s metro attack, residents of St Petersburg remain defiant, if unruly.
12. Communications ministry proposes isolation of Russian internet traffic to prevent hacks.
13. Interfax: EBRD financials “masking” negative trends, creating risk of rating downgrade, recapitalization – Oreshkin.
14. Wall Street Journal: U.S. to Boost Surveillance For Russian Exercise. Officials say U.S. will move ships into Baltic Sea and take over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties.
15. Interfax: Russian Defense Ministry reports stable situation in de-escalation zones in Syria.
16. TASS: Putin, top security officials discuss Russia-US relations ahead of Trump-Lavrov meeting.
17. Alexander Mercouris, Lavrov meets Tillerson, meeting Trump. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov begins key 2 day visit to Washington during which he is due to meet US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and US President Donald Trump in a further sign of a concerted attempt to improve relations.
18. Izvestia: Russian daily sees “guarded optimism” in relations with US.
19. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Bystritskiy, MACRON’S ELECTION: NOTHING WILL CHANGE OVERNIGHT.
20. TASS: Putin takes part in ‘Immortal Regiment’ march.
21. The Unz Report: Anatoly Karlin, The Soviet Victory in World War II Was a Russian One.
22. Russia Insider: Washington Post Delighted by Russia’s Victory Day ‘Defeat’
23. The Guardian: Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina on Putin, Trump and Brexit: ‘It’s useless to be afraid’
24. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The Simpsons and Russia: A tale of love and hate. RBTH explores how this popular animated series depicts Russian people, places and phenomena.
25. TASS: Russian Foreign Ministry says US systematically violates obligations under INF treaty .
26. The National Interest: Michael Kofman and Dmitry Gorenburg, Moscow Conference on International Security 2017: Cooperation Lost in Translation. At Russia’s annual defense showcase, the Kremlin can’t help but remain stern and confrontational.
27. Washington Post: Sarah Posner, If Republicans don’t stand up to Trump on Russia, they’re helping him undermine our democracy.

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