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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#98
Wednesday, 24 May 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Meet Alexander Ivanov: The ‘typical’ Russian man, Having studied statistics from various sources*, we’ve compiled a portrait of a typical Russian male. Statistics suggest he’s 40-years-old, works in retail or as a driver, has a wife and two children – and a cat. He’s also a big fan of Putin.
2. Russia Rallies: 1.3% GDP Growth, $55 Oil, World Bank Says. The Russian ruble is strengthening today on solid economic growth targets from the World Bank.
3. Ben Aris, Russia’s non-oil deficit falling but not far or fast enough.
4. 2017 Global 2000: These Are The Largest Companies In Russia.
5. Here’s How Much Of Russia’s Biggest Banks And Drillers The Kremlin Owns.
6. Sputnik: Russian Defense Spending 11 Times Less Than US’, One-Third of China’s.
7. Interfax: Tragic events associated with informers in Russia, this institution must not migrate from sports to other spheres – Putin.
8. Paul Goble: Despite His Suspicions about the Internet, Putin may Soon Begin to Tweet, Gontmakher Says.
9. Igor Gukovsky, State, society and the individual in the Russian courtroom. One of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers discusses competing realities inside and outside the courtroom.
10. Terrorism-related crimes down 90% in past 5 years – Russian security committee.
11. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Why Russia and the West Should Fight Terrorism Together. The West may have more to gain by teaming up with Russia on terrorism than it stands to lose.
12. The Independent (UK): Patrick Cockburn, The only real way to stop atrocities like the Manchester attack is to end the wars which allow extremism to grow.
13. Financial Times: Charles Kupchan, Donald Trump’s EU visit offers chance to resolve Ukraine conflict. Careful US diplomacy can repair relations with Moscow and hasten peace in the east.
14. Europeans still believe US would intervene in case of conflict with Russia – survey.
15. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian envoy interviewed on relations with NATO. (Alexander Grushko)
16. Indian Punchline: M K Bhadrakumar, A Franco-Russian ‘thaw’ is in the offing.
17. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Gabuev, The Silk Road to Nowhere.
18. Reuters: U.S. official – No physical evidence Russia gave weapons to Taliban.
19. Washington Post: As Syria war enters new phase, U.S. looks to expand communications with Russia.
20. Alexander Mercouris, Former CIA chief Brennan ‘knows of no collusion’ between Trump campaign and Russia.
21. Robert Parry, New Cracks in Russia-gate ‘Assessment.’ President Obama’s ex-intelligence chiefs admit they limited input into the Russia-gate “assessment,” which was handled by “hand-picked” analysts, raising the specter of politicized intelligence.
22. Paul Roderick Gregory, There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion.
23. Michael Tracey, How Democrats are fooling themselves about the Trump Russia scandal.
24. Washington Post editorial: Trump pushes the boundaries on the Russia probe – again. The Post reports the president pressured intelligence officials to deny the existence of evidence of collusion during the election.
25. The Hill: Podesta: Trump ‘adopted most of Putin’s foreign policy’
26. National Public Radio (NPR): Domenico Montanaro, Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care.

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