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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#12
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
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1. The Nation: Rethinking Putin: A Talk by Professor Stephen F. Cohen.
2. TASS: Last year’s mortality in Russia down among all age groups – health minister.
3. TASS: Kommersant: Russia’s Internet audience growth rebounds thanks to older generation.
4. Russians increasingly believe in afterlife – report.
5. Russia Beyond: Which Russian cities are the best to live in?
6. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrei Kolesnikov and Denis Volkov, Do Russians Want Change?
7. Intersection: Denis Volkov, National Pride in Russia. A recent round of surveys show an interesting set of responses for what Russian citizens tend to be proud of.
8. Sweeping Promises, Financial Scandals, Fierce Accusations – the Presidential Race Is Definitely On.
9. Interfax: Russian Foreign Ministry suggests barring U.S. diplomats from monitoring presidential election.
10. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin’s Real Opposition Is a Collective Shrug. Putin has no official opposition, but voter turnout will be the real key to his popularity.
12. Foreign Affairs: Anton Barbashin, The Future of Navalny’s Opposition Movement. Why It Will Continue to Challenge the Kremlin.
13. Paul Goble: Russia ‘No Longer an Empire but Not Yet a Nation,’ Emil Pain Says.
14. Reuters: World Bank Urges Russia to Spend More on Healthcare, Education.
15. Bear Market Brief: Names in the News. Sergei Kirienko.
16. Moscow Times: Yury Saprykin, The Serebrennikov Case: A Theater of the Absurd. Cultural figures in Russia feel compelled to censor themselves.
17. The Unz Review: Stephen J. Sniegoski, The Literati’s Scourge of Putin and Trump. Masha Gessen and Her Questionable Views.
18. TASS: Russia’s finance minister calls for changes in tax system’s structure.
19. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russian elite asks US experts to save them from sanctions.
20. Bear Market Brief: Europeans ready to invest should US target Russian bonds.
21. Alexander Mercouris, US mulls further sanctions on Russia; all of which however look counter-productive. Ambassador Huntsman says US preparing report on sanctions; no decision taken or expected soon on further sanctions.

US mulls further sanctions on Russia; all of which however look counter-productive

22. John Haslam, Putin’s Dilemma in Syria Sharpens.
23. US & Canada-led summit wants more sanctions on N. Korea beyond the UN’s.
24. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, No money at universities in Ukraine.
25. RFE/RL: Historian Beevor Bemused At Ukraine Ban On Best-Selling ‘Stalingrad’
26. TASS: Ukraine parliament rejects amendment on breaking off diplomatic ties with Russia.
27. Kyiv Post: Even confined to base, controversy dogs Azov Regiment.
28. Transitions Online: Theodore Weeks, 1917: The Year Russia Fell Apart. Two new books trace revolutionary Russia from its birth amid the wreckage of the old order to its apocalyptic demise. (excerpt)
29. The Nation: James Carden, Why Are the Media Ignoring Crucial Parts of the Simpson Testimony?. Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson painted a disturbing portrait of hedge-fund manager William Browder.
30. TASS: Dialogue with US on nuclear-missile weapons is Russia’s priority task, says expert. (Andrei Kortunov)
31. Interfax: Russian senator wants more nuclear weapons if US violates START-3.
32. New York Times: Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms.
33. Washington Post: David Ignatius, The truth about the FBI’s Russia probe. The evidence rebuts the claim that Christopher Steele misused the FBI.
34. The New Yorker: John Cassidy, The Digger Who Commissioned the Trump-Russia Dossier Speaks.
35. Alexander Mercouris, Russiagate crisis: Mueller counterattacks; subpoenas Bannon. Decision to subpoena Bannon makes little sense except in terms of partisan politics.

Russiagate crisis: Mueller counterattacks; subpoenas Bannon

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