RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-101 :: Tuesday, 5 June 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#101 :: Tuesday, 5 June 2018
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1. Wall Street Journal: Walter Russell Mead, Putin’s Success Masks Russian Weakness. Things are breaking his way. But if China is a tiger, Russia is a pussycat on stilts.
2. The Calvert Journal: Moscow is getting a makeover, and the rest of Russia is next.
3. Top quotes from Putin’s Austrian interview – so tense he had to resort to German to make his point.
4. Meduza: ‘If you don’t like my answers, then don’t ask the questions’ Here’s what Vladimir Putin told the Austrian media in his latest big ole interview.
5. Russia doesn’t seek to divide EU, our biggest trade partner – Putin to Austrian TV.
6. TASS: Putin reiterates his stance on Russia’s alleged involvement in US elections.
7. Putin proposes special status for Donbass republics within Ukraine.
8. Interview with Austrian ORF television channel.
9. TASS: Over 1 mln questions submitted for Putin’s Q&A session.
10. Kremlin attempts to uproot corruption, clear the field for a spending leap.
11. Paul Goble: Three Prospective Reforms Likely to Hurt Putin with His Political Base in the Population.
12. Vedomosti: Russian pundits discuss risks of nepotism in state power.
13. TASS: Economic Development Ministry expects average oil price in 2018 to be $65-70 per barrel.
14. Financial Times: Russian oil industry proves its resilience. Producers shrug off sanctions and benefit from surge in crude price and weaker rouble.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Foreign investors return to Russian market.
16. Bloomberg: Russia Has a New Richest Person. (Vladimir Lisin)
17. Interfax: All RAS institutes to be subordinated to Science Ministry – Golikova.
18. Meduza: A Russian Senate commission has recommended a whole series of government responses to ‘Western meddling’
19. Russia Beyond: Gun culture in Russia: How does it compare to the U.S.?
20. AP: Putin’s World Cup a prestige boost for sanctions-hit host.
21. TASS: Kremlin aide highlights cooperation with China as Russia’s foreign policy priority.
22. The National Interest: Nicholas Myers, Germany and Russia Are Getting Closer-Here’s Why. The dry spell of Russia’s diplomacy in Europe that set in after the outbreak of the Ukraine crisis in 2014 also appears to be the opening of a new chapter.
23. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah): Ambassador Huntsman may face the biggest test since the Cold War: Rebuild Russian relations with fewer resources at a time when he needs more of them.
24. Ben Aris, Putin signs off on a toothless anti-US counter-sanctions law.
25. Reuters: U.S. Pushes NATO to Ready More Forces to Deter Russian Threat.
26. Washington Post editorial: Apple stands up to the thought police. Tim Cook supports a messaging app targeted by Russia’s authoritarian government.
27. Off-Guardian: George Elias, Why the Evidence Mueller Has for the Indicting 13 Russian Nationals is Fraudulent. []
28. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Joining Some Dots on the Skripal Case: Part 1 – An Official Story That Doesn’t Hold Water. [Text with links:]
29. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Joining Some Dots on the Skripal Case: Part 2 – Four “Invisible” Clues. [Text with links:]
30. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Joining Some Dots on the Skripal Case: Part 3 – The Agitated Mr Skripal. [Text with links:]

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