RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-114 :: Friday, 22 June 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#114 :: Friday, 22 June 2018
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1. www.rt.com: Russians’ interest in World War Two on the rise, poll shows.
2. Moscow Times: Football Philosophers: Russians In the Commentating Box. Russia’s best football commentators mine the game for the meaning of life.
3. TASS: Russian footballers take over 300 doping tests in 2018. All of the samples came out clean.
4. Deutsche Welle: 5 ways the football World Cup has transformed Moscow – for now. “This is a Moscow I don’t know” has become the rallying cry of the Russian capital’s residents since the World Cup started. The tournament has seemingly pressed pause on laws – and has changed the city’s public space.
5. Financial Times: Russia scores with emerging market fund managers and football fans. Despite US sanctions, there is increasing optimism about the World Cup host.
6. Financial Times: Simon Kuper, Why most Russians couldn’t care less about Putin or football. ‘The idea of the president as a puppeteer manipulating his people gives him too much credit’
7. Meduza: Regulators have revoked their accreditation of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, one of Russia’s last major private colleges.
8. RFE/RL: Putin Advisers Question Legality Of Prosecution Of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
9. Bloomberg: Russia-Saudi Plans for Super-OPEC Could Reshape Global Oil Order.
10. Christian Scicence Monitor: Fred Weir, As OPEC watches nervously, Russia and Saudi Arabia create a new axis – of oil. Russia is trying to be friends with everyone at once, and wielding growing influence.
11. Bear Market Brief: US sanctions on Iran create pressure point.
12. www.rt.com: Russia gets rid of US Treasury securities and buys gold.
13. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Experts view reasons for Russia selling off US Treasury bonds.
14. TASS: Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russia-US: Breaking a vicious circle.
15. Asia Times: M.K.Bhadrakumar, Trump riding high and set to roll the dice for a summit with Putin.With the US leader at perhaps his strongest point so far, an announcement is expected soon on a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which could be held in the middle of July after the NATO summit.
16. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Britain in panic as Trump-Putin summit looms. [Text with links http://theduran.com/britain-in-panic-as-trump-putin-summit-looms/]
17. TASS: Risk of nuclear weapons use still as high as during Cold War, Russian expert says.
18. Washington Post: Alexander Vershbow, Trump’s ‘grand bargain’ with Russia is an illusion.
19. www.rt.com: Neil Clark, Trump-Putin summit should be welcomed, not feared.
20. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: New Syrian government forces’ offensive can be a headache for Russia.
21. The National Interest: Anna Borshchevskaya, Could Russia Flip Egypt? Throughout the Cold War, Egypt was a prize, too important to cast aside-and today it is sought after.
22. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Shootings.
23. Kyiv Post: Denys Krasnikov, Honest History: Treaty of Peryaslav – In 1654, Ukraine becomes Russian vassal for 337 years.
24. Russia Beyond: Spy thriller ‘Red Sparrow’ serves a powerful dose of hatred that brings cheer to Russophobes.
25. Newsweek.com: AMERICANS ARE INCREASINGLY SCARED OF CHINA AND RUSSIA, POLL SUGGESTS.
26. The Weekly Standard: Eric Felten, Victoria Nuland Can’t Keep Her Steele Story Straight.
27. www.rt.com: Democrats’ obsession with Russiagate will allow ‘Republican wrecking ball’ to dismantle US – Chomsky.

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