RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-120 :: Sunday, 1 July 2018

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1. Russia 4-3 Spain (pens) – Heroic hosts snatch improbable shootout victory to stun Spain in Moscow. [Text with graphics]
2. Jack Matlock, Musings II…The “Intelligence Community,” “Russian Interference,” and Due Diligence. Did the U.S. “Intelligence Community” judge that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election?
3. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, Why the CIA Needs Its Own Horowitz Report. No need to speculate: The intelligence agencies saw Trump as a de facto agent of the Kremlin.
4. The National Interest: Doug Bandow, An Agenda for the Trump-Putin Summit. To forge a better relationship, Washington and Moscow need to work through the issues that most sharply divide them.
5. The National Interest: Angela Stent, What Should the World Expect from the Trump-Putin Summit? However fractured the relationship, it makes sense for the world’s two nuclear superpowers to sit down together and re-establish some of the channels of communication.
6. Transcript: National security adviser John Bolton on “Face the Nation,” July 1, 2018.
7. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Putin Raised the Retirement Age, and That’s A Good Thing. [Text with charts and links and comments]
8. RFE/RL: Russians Rally Against ‘Cannibalistic’ Pension Reform.
9. Vedomosti: Daily says Russian leaders’ ratings drop as they announce pension reform.
10. Moscow Times: Sobchak on Sobchak: A New Film about Russia in the 1990s. Vera Krichevskaya and Ksenia Sobchak teamed up to make a film about Anatoly Sobchak.
11. Financial Times: Russian industry seeks cleaner image with sustainability drive. ESG-linked Polymetal loan highlights country’s environmental and reputational risks.
12. Bloomberg: Russia Ringfenced as Old Empire’s Currencies Thrive.
13. Reuters: World Cup brings village community closer.
14. Wall Street Journal: Russia’s Biggest Problem? Not Enough Boston Sports Gear. Lifelong Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox fan travels to the World Cup on humanitarian mission as ‘Discount Diplomat’ – handing out free jerseys to strangers.
15. Awful Avalanche: Impact Of Football Games On Russian Economy – Part I. [Text with links]
16. Awful Avalanche: Impact Of Football Games On Russian Economy – Part II. [Text with links]
17. Harvard Magazine: Maggie Doherty, Cold Comforts. (re A Terrible Country, by Keith Gessen ’97)
18. Sean’s Russia Blog: Sean Guillory, Russia’s A Terrible Country (audio interview with Keith Gessen)
19. The Washington Diplomat: Former Ambassador McFaul Talks U.S.-Russia Relations and ‘Hot Peace’
20. Gil Press, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Wins The World Cup Of Condensed Guides To European Culture.
21. San Diego Union Tribune: Mark Zeigler, Can we believe what we see at Putin’s World Cup?

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