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1. New York Times: Trump Bites Cartoons. Trump and Putin: A Love Story.
2. Moscow Times: U.S. Requests Doping Tests of Russian World Cup Team.
3. Washington Post: Amie Ferris-Rotman, For the World Cup, the Russian people are all in, win or lose.
4. New York Times: Rory Smith, Finally, a Loss for Russia. But Only on the Field. Russia wasn’t expected to beat Uruguay, and it didn’t. But now it heads to the round of 16 with an entire country still excited, and that’s what matters most.
5. Frank Holmes, Russia Is Defying Expectations.
6. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Exposing the Russian Hacking Fraud by Publius Tacitus. [Text with links and comments:]
7. Paul Goble: Trump Not a Cause but a Symptom of Brave New World and as Such Quite Predictable, Lukyanov Says.
8. TASS: Pension reform debate stirs uproar, but Putin handling it prudently, Kremlin assures.
10. Moscow Times: Union-Led Protests Against Pension Reform Approved in 30 Cities
11. Russian Supreme Court softens rules for street protests.
12. Barbara von Ow-Freytag, Could new business models make NGOs in the post-Soviet space more representative? New business models are reshaping relations between the non-profit sector and wider society in post-Soviet countries. (excerpt)
13. Interfax: Court compels Navalny to disprove claims about Prokhorov bribing Khloponin, imposes 1-ruble fine.
14. Moscow Times: A Temporary Thaw for Russia’s LGBT Community.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Economic Development Ministry might cut red tape for big business.
16. US could ask Russia for more oil as Iran sanctions loom.
17. Moscow Times: Peter Kaznacheev, A New Chapter in the Saudi-Russian Oil Alliance . Geopolitics takes a backseat as Russia and Saudi Arabia push to increase production.
18. Christianity Today: Mideast Christians See Russia-not the US-as Defender of Their Faith. Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares.
19. TASS: Trump’s national security adviser to discuss Russian-US relations in Moscow.
20. Financial Times: Trump-Putin summit looms but expectations low. Face-to-face meeting seen as breakthrough and a substantive deal unlikely.
21. NATO’s infatuation: Russia, Russia, Russia!
22. Poking the bear: US Air Force builds in Russia’s backyard.
23. American Interest: Stephen Sestanovich, Can Reagan Show Trump How to Save the INF Treaty? If the President wants to use an arms build-up to advance arms control, he should take his cues from the Reagan record.
24. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Washington sets sights on Transnistria.
25. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Erdogan’s re-election to test Kremlin’s Middle East ambitions.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Vladimir Avatkov, ELECTIONS IN TURKEY: SEARCHING FOR LESSER EVIL, From the Russian point of view, the choice is of two evils: the entire Turkish political establishment is far from being pro-Russian. Erdogan is, in that case, the lesser evil, which means he is pro-Russian in the context of interior and exterior political situations.
28. UNIAN (Kyiv): Interior Minister: Attack on Roma “inspired” by Russia, carried out by Ukrainians.
29. Interfax: Cessation of hostilities in Donbas Ukrainians’ biggest expectation from next president – poll.
30. Washington Post: Petro Poroshenko, My goal is to defeat corruption in Ukraine.
31. The New Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, And The Band Played On. (re Ukraine and Timoshenko)
32. Lenin, Stalin and last emperor Nicholas II top popularity rating of Russian historical figures.

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