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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#91
Thursday, 11 May 2017

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1. TASS: Russian scientists reveal betrayal or friendship could depend on fleeting glance.
2. The National Interest: Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Lavrov in Washington: Can America and Russia Work Together? The U.S.-Russia relationship is starved for normalcy.
3. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, The Guns of April, or the Return of Strategic Frivolity.
4. The American Conservative: Boris Mezhuev, In Russia, It’s the Realists vs. the Ethno-Nationalists. Neither will bring them any closer to the much-hoped-for “deal” with Trump.
5. Fort Russ: Eduard Popov, The Way Western Sanctions are Prolonging Putin’s Reign.
6. TASS: Russian blogger gets 3.5-year suspended sentence for ‘catching Pokemon’ in church.
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Daily expenditure of Russians lowest for past 5 years. Russian citizens have returned to more economical habits, researchers say.
9. Consensus Forecast Sees Stagnant Economy Through 2021.
10. Reuters: Coca-Cola HBC Sales Up as Russia Rebounds.
11. Ben Aris, PROFILE: Mikhail Fridman, chairman of Alfa Group.
12. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russian foreign minister pencils in first face-to-face Putin-Trump meeting. On May 10, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and President Donald Trump. They discussed issues related to cooperation, primarily in Syria. At a press conference Lavrov confirmed that the two heads of state would finally come face-to-face at the beginning of July.
13. TASS: Trump and Lavrov meeting round-up.
14. TASS Press Review: Kommersant: Moscow mulls tit-for-tat action for confiscation of Russian property in US.
15. Kaspersky Lab’s Russian Nature Fuels US Government Distrust. US Officials Uncomfortable With Antivirus Program’s Popularity.
16. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Why Deir Ezzor and why now?
17. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, What Can Japan Offer Russia?
18. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Message to Putin From 42 Million Dead. The Soviet Union’s World War II losses may far exceed the official count.
19. Gilbert Doctorow, Letter from St. Petersburg: An eye-witness account of the Immortal Regiment march, 9 May 2017. Looking at the throngs around me on march in St Petersburg, I understood that you have to be utterly mad to want to pin all of our problems with Russia on one man. This is not a nation to be trifled with whatever its many weaknesses and faults.
20. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, World War II Memories in Moscow, Another Cold War Inquisition in Washington. On May 9, while Russia was commemorating the 27 million Soviet citizens who died fighting Nazi Germany, the US political-media class was vilifying the Kremlin and seeking its American “puppets.”
21. Awful Avalanche: Aftermath of Victory Day: Ukrainian Nationalists Are Losing The Narrative.
22. Reuters: Ex-Rebel Leaders Detail Role Played by Putin Aide in East Ukraine.
23. Bryan MacDonald, Western reporters in Kiev continue to ignore the rise of Neo-Nazism in Ukraine.
24. RFE/RL: Ukraine Police Scramble To Probe Fresh Claims In Journalist’s Car-Bomb Killing.
25. Wall Street Journal: James Freean, The Comey Crying Game. If the former FBI chief was incompetent, why entrust him with something as important as the Russia investigation?
26. The Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, The Russian Shadow behind the Comey Dismissal.
27. Susan Glasser, Russia’s Oval Office Victory Dance. The cozy meeting between President Trump and Russia’s foreign minister came at Vladimir Putin’s insistence.


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