RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-105 :: Monday, 11 June 2018
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#105 :: Monday, 11 June 2018
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1. Bear Market Brief: A new wave of deurbanization is revitalizing Russian villages.
2. The Telegraph (UK): Russians taught how to smile ahead of World Cup.
3. Deutsche Welle: Are Russia’s soccer fans dangerous? In the West, many people are wondering if mass brawls among fans will mark the World Cup in Russia. Russian fans have a negative image in Europe, with many remembering the riots in Marseille during the 2016 European Cup.
4. The Spectator (UK): Owen Matthews, Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling. The country has been bolstered by European disunity but that obscures a multitude of ills.
5. The Times (UK): David Dimbleby on a Russia in crisis and the holes in President Putin’s defence. With coercion and cunning propaganda, the president has kept Russians in line. But on a pre-World Cup visit David Dimbleby finds money is running out and the Kremlin’s cultivation of a siege mentality is starting to backfire.
6. Irish Times: Playing the World Cup in Putin’s Russia is a grotesque sham. Allowing Russia to be hosts helps normalise its outrageous actions over the last decade. [irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/playing-the-world-cup-in-putin-s-russia-is-a-grotesque-sham-1.3525678]
7. Vox.com: There’s actually lots of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. The untenability of the “no collusion” talking point.
8. www.rt.com: Patriotism in Russia at highest level in 18 years – poll.
9. Awful Avalanche: Russian Patriotism – Sociological Survey – Part I.
10. Russia Insider: Dmitry Orlov, I Watched Putin’s Entire 4 Hour Q+A With the Russian People – He Even Answered My Question. [Text with videos: russia-insider.com/en/politics/i-watched-putins-entire-4-hour-qa-russian-people-he-even-answered-my-question/ri23749]
11. Vedomosti: Experts warn Kremlin governor nominees of election struggle
12. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Snyder’s Distortions of Ilyin.
13. Politico.eu: In Russia, change will come from grassroots. As Vladimir Putin cracks down on civil society, activists need EU support.
14. Off-Guardian: Tony Kevin, How the West continues to fatally misunderstand Russia & Putin. [off-guardian.org/2018/06/09/how-the-west-continues-to-fatally-misunderstand-russia-putin/]
15. Sputnik: Gulag Camp Files Are ‘Kept Forever’ – Russian Deputy Minister.
16. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, SOFT POWER.
17. http://usforeignpolicy.blogs.lalibre.be: Gilbert Doctorow, Russian Soft Power on Display. The International Forum on Development of Parliamentarism, Moscow, 4-5 June 2018. (excerpt) [Full text: usforeignpolicy.blogs.lalibre.be/archive/2018/06/10/russian-soft-power-on-display-1167543.html]
18. Kremlin.ru: Video address on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony
19. Financial Times: Max Seddon, Russian football struggles to score on and off pitch. World Cup comes at nadir for national side that reflects problems in domestic game.
20. Moscow Times: Marc Bennetts, Russia’s Forgotten Football Dreams.
21. www.rt.com: Let’s stop ‘babbling’ and get back to real work: Putin fires back at G7 criticism on Russia.
22. Interfax: Moscow prefers G20 to G8, has not asked to return – minister.
23. PBS Newshour: Ryan Chilcote, How the G-7 looks from Russia.
24. The American Conservative: Daniel DePetris, Washington Melts Down Over Prospect of Trump-Putin Meeting. Statecraft is not like elementary school, and we can’t keep the Russians in ‘time out’ forever.
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Feng Shaolei, WHY DO THE CHINESE ADMIRE PUTIN?
26. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, How Singapore, Astana and St Petersburg preview a new world order. Key economic forums in cities across Eurasia point the way to new power structures rising to challenge Western dominance. [Text with links: atimes.com/article/how-singapore-astana-and-st-petersburg-preview-a-new-world-order/]
27. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Atlantic Council: Pro-NATO pressure group uses distortions to fight ‘disinformation’ [Text with links: rt.com/news/429171-atlantic-council-disinfo-group/]
28. AFP: Anya Tsukanova, Falling for a lie. [re Kiev’s invented Babchenko’s death]
29. www.rt.com: Russian Foreign Ministry blames West for provoking Ukraine into new Donbass war.
30. Russia Beyond: How not to blow your cover as a CIA spy in Russia.
31. The American Conservative: Jeff Groom, 40 Years Ago Today: When Solzhenitsyn Schooled Harvard. The famed, exiled author of the “Gulag Archipelago” took the West to task for, of all things, too much liberty.
32. Financial Times: John Thornhill, The dark humanity of ‘The War Within’, Alexis Peri’s Pushkin House prize-winner. Peri’s book, a remarkable record of 125 unpublished diaries written during the siege of Leningrad, examines morality in the face of horror.