RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-92 :: Friday, 12 May 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#92
Friday, 12 May 2017

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1. New York Times editorial: The Trump-Russia Nexus.
2. Carnegie Moscow Center: Rethinking Russia. Video interview with Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
3. The National Interest: Paul Pillar, Scandal and Foreign Policy: Keep Them Separate, but Don’t Ignore Either.
4. Russian ‘Pokémon catcher’ gets suspended sentence for mocking Christianity at church service.
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Praying for pokémon: Vlogger’s gaming stunt tests church’s patience. A Russian vlogger who famously played Pokémon Go in a church, was convicted and handed a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for what the court called “offending religious feelings.” Interestingly, many Russians expected his punishment to be far worse and interpreted the sentence as being “practically acquitted.”
6. Interfax: Sokolovsky charges of God denial “absurd” – Federation of Jewish communities.
7. Navalny faces criticism over Spain eye surgery.
8. Tatyana Dvornikova, “I don’t falsify elections and I don’t spread propaganda. But I’m still a teacher, I exist.”. As Russian law enforcement turns its steely eye to the country’s classrooms, three schoolteachers share their experiences of politics and propaganda.
9. TASS: Poll shows more than 82% approve of Putin’s work.
10. Dissent Shakes the Foundation of the Kremlin’s Power.
11. Sputnik: Full Steam Ahead: Western Economists Admit Russian Economy Back on Track.
12. TASS: Minister: Investment activity in Russia steadily grows since mid-2016.
13. TASS: Quick solutions in Russian-US relations unlikely due to Obama legacy – Kremlin aide. (Yuri Ushakov)
14. Sputnik: Obama’s Legacy: US Beefing Up Its Military Presence in E Europe at Full Throttle. (Dmitry Danilov)
15. Alexander Mercouris, Assessing Lavrov’s visit to Washington. Sergey Lavrov’s trip to Washington confirms progress in reconstructing relations between the US and Russia after the damage done by the Obama administration.
16. Wall Street Journal: Trump Calls on Russia and Ukraine to Make Peace. Message marks shift in tone from Washington on Ukraine.
18. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, How Russia Could Help Solve the North Korea Crisis. At this point, Pyongyang might trust Moscow more than it trusts Beijing.
19. editorial: Open letter to Reuters on false reporting against RT.
20. Wall Street Journal: Joe Queenan, Russian Hackers Are Coming After Us All. Found a bad cheesecake recipe or faulty financial advice online? Blame Russian disinformation.
21. Former intelligence officials talk cyberattack options against Russia.
22. Daniel Lazare, The Scandal Hidden Behind Russia-gate. Official Washington has the Russia-gate scandal almost 180-degrees wrong; it is not about protecting democracy, but about pushing Americans into more wars, the true scandal that is being missed.
23. Justin Raimondo, Shut Down the ‘Russia-gate’ Farce. It’s bogus, it’s boring, and it’s hurting the country.
24. Boston Globe: Want to know how US-Russia relations reached this point? Read a book.
25. 1843 Magazine (The Economist): Noah Sneider, REFLECTING THE UNIVERSE. Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russian director of the much-lauded “Leviathan”, has a new film, “Loveless”, coming out. Noah Sneider talked to him about using film to find miracles in the minutiae.
26. Interfax-Ukraine: Poroshenko says Ukraine can finally be separated from Russia.
27. Kyiv Post: Documentary links SBU to Sheremet murder.
28. The Unz Review: The Saker, Making Sense of the “Super Fuse” Scare.
29. Today’s Washington Post headlines and links to Russia.

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