RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-108 :: Thursday, 14 June 2018
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#108 :: Thursday, 14 June 2018
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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, As World Cup kicks off, Russia aims to prove a world-class host again. The world’s most popular single sporting event starts Thursday, but it’s more than just a game for Russia. It’s an opportunity to bolster infrastructure, stir national pride, and spotlight Russian modernity.
2. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): World Cup dream is ‘sportswashing’ Russia’s appalling record.
3. TASS: Major Kremlin administration officials retain positions as Putin announces reshuffle.
4. Bear Market Brief: No major changes for the presidential administration.
5. TASS: Retirement age to be gradually raised to 65 years for men, 63 for women – PM.
6. Meduza: Russia to raise its pension age for the first time in modern history.
7. Meduza: Russia to raise its Valued Added Tax.
8. www.rt.com: Low debt & high reserves: Russia’s economic strategy paying off.
9. Paul Goble: Russians Getting Older, Reducing Pressure for and Likelihood of Change, Pryanikov Says.
10. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, On Putin’s Right Flank. A broadside is leveled against Russia’s president from the military sector.
11. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Will an Independent Press Survive in Russia? With journalists under attack in many forms, a new generation of truth-tellers is bringing fresh ideas to a troubled profession.
12. Moscow Times: Russian Ministry: Gulag Prison Records Digitized, Not Destroyed.
13. TASS: Izvestia: Long-awaited FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia.
14. Wall Street Journal: World Cup Gives Putin’s Policies a Global Stage. Russia’s president plans to present Moscow as a rising global power.
15. AP: Russian Official Urges Love at World Cup After Backlash.
16. Washington Post: Richard Arnold and Andrew Foxall, Russia is hosting this year’s World Cup. What could go wrong?
17. TASS: Russian deputy PM welcomes decision to hold 2026 FIFA World Cup in US, Canada, Mexico.
18. AP: US gets Russia’s World Cup vote as logic trumps politics.
19. Atlantic Council: Peter Dickinson, Will Ukraine Be the Ultimate Loser of Putin’s World Cup?
20. Human Rights in Ukraine: Ukrainian neo-Nazi C14, known for racist and homophobic attacks, gets public funding for ‘patriotic education’
21. New York Times: United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy.
22. TASS: Putin hails outcome of Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader.
23. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: US-North Korea summit was Pyongyang’s success, expert says.
24. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Gabuev, Everyone Wins: Russia, China, and the Trump-Kim Summit. The summit of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore brought the Korean peninsula closer to peace, but it was more about symbolism than substance. Its most important outcome is to bring North Korea out of diplomatic isolation-something that is welcome to both China and Russia.
25. Israel National News; Mark Langfan, When Putin drops hints, the West should listen. Putin is hinting at a Syrian Euphrates partition – and beyond. This is a positive plan that the USA should join.
26. Townhall: Wow: Trump’s Russia Policy is ‘Pretty Good’ and I Support It, Says…Obama’s Ambassador to Moscow?
27. Politico.com: Poll shows Mueller’s public image at all-time low.
28. www.rt.com: Mueller’s smoking gun? White House video on N. Korea’s future features Russian car factory. [Video https://www.rt.com/news/429733-trump-kim-video-russia-lada/]
29. The Nation: Aaron Mate, The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion. A year of investigations has led to several guilty pleas, but none of them go to the core of the special counsel’s mandate.
30. The Unz Review: Boyd Cathey, Russia, the Neoconservatives, and the Real Issues Involved. [Text with links http://www.unz.com/article/russia-the-neoconservatives-and-the-real-issues-involved/]
31. YaleGlobal Online: Mikhail Troitskiy, Leveraging Ambiguity in Foreign Relations. Ambiguity contributes to global uncertainty and risks, but can be a force for good when practiced consensually.
32. Jacobin magazine: Kevin Murphy, Richard Pipes, Prosecutor of the Russian Revolution. Relentless anticommunism defined the late Richard Pipes as more propagandist than historian.