RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-121 :: Tuesday, 3 July 2018

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1. Meduza: ‘We lost and you won’ How Moscow celebrated its FIFA World Cup victory over Spain.
2. Russia’s central bank predicted goalie Akinfeev’s historic penalty save.
3. Washington Post: Julia Ioffe, Russia’s World Cup win was good for Putin. Russian dissidents loved it anyway. Beating Spain may make for good propaganda, but it’s also legitimately thrilling.
4. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russians Love Being Victorious Underdogs. Why the anti-Putin opposition loves the national soccer team, too.
5. The Independent (UK): Jonathan Liew, World Cup 2018: Is Russia’s revolution the real deal or just more Potemkin villages? Perhaps it’s a mixture of the real and the decorative, in which everyone is in on the illusion but suspends their credulity for the common good.
6. RFE/RL: Russia’s World Cup Team Bucks Multiethnicity Seen On Swiss, Other Teams.
7. Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Moscow’s Bread and Circus.
8. Russia in Global Affairs: It is not Russia that is shaping this world order, it is history. Foreign Minister S.Lavrov’s interview with Channel 4 (UK), Moscow, June 29, 2018.
9. Financial Times: US senators call for ‘new beginning’ in Russia relations ahead of Trump-Putin summit. It is an ‘opportune time’ to improve bilateral relations, US senators said.
10. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Bystritskiy, RUSSIA-US SUMMIT: NOT ONLY RUSSIANS ARE THE SLOW STARTERS. Not only the Russians are the slow starters who drive fast. It appears that this is true of the Americans as well. In any case, one can’t help getting this impression amid the flurry of reports about the upcoming summit between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Of course, we can only speculate on its outcomes until it actually takes place.
11. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Alexey Arbatov, In Search of Light at the End of the Tunnel for U.S.-Russian Relations. The change in administration resulting from the 2016 U.S. election has brought an unprecedented element of uncertainty into U.S.-Russian relations and world politics. (excerpt)
12. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: EUGENE RUMER, DMITRI TRENIN, and ANDREW S. WEISS, Can the Trump-Putin Summit Restore Guardrails to the U.S.-Russian Relationship? (excerpt)
13. Darius Shahtahmasebi, As Eagle prepares to meet Bear, the only predictables are mixed messages from the US.
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14. Lobe Log: Robert Hunter, Trump’s Necessary Encounters With Kim And Putin. (excerpt)
15. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE SALE OF ANOTHER CENTURY – THE PUTIN-TRUMP SUMMIT. [Text with links, footnotes, and graphics:]
16. Gary Leupp, Fear and Trembling about the Trump-Putin Summit.
17. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Red Tide Retreating. [Text with links, charts and comments:]
18. Financial Times editorial: Russia’s pension protests are a risk for the Kremlin. Even World Cup success cannot distract from unpopular reforms.
19. Moscow Times: Andrei Kolesnikov, Who Can Protest Russia’s Pension Reforms the Loudest? Opposition forces are competing for the spotlight.
20. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatyana Stanovaya, Illusory Stability: Putin’s Regime Is Readier Than Ever for Change. The events of the last four years in Russia show that its fabled stability and lack of change have stopped being the top political value. Today, the Russian regime is more ready than ever for transformation. Before, any decisions had to be approved by the president and were made at a snail’s pace because Putin had no time. Now, it’s the other way around: decisions are made quickly p
21. New law requiring Russian internet companies to keep records of client traffic comes into force.
22. Russia’s economy will slow down before leaping, EconMin believes.
23. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sanctions Echo Through Russian Factory Towns. Company owned by billionaire freezes budget for communities; ‘The life of the city depends on that factory’
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, THE SCO AS THE FOUNDATION OF GREATER EURASIA.
25. Wall Street Journal: Russia Takes Outsize Role in Boosting Oil Supply. Producers itch to open taps after agreement with OPEC aimed at keeping prices in check.
26. U.S. And Russia To Dominate World’s Oil & Gas Pipeline Spending.
27. Jerusalem Post: EX-DEPUTY NSC CHIEF: RUSSIA MAY HELP IN SYRIA TO AVOID DOGFIGHT WITH ISRAEL. “The only way Israel can achieve gains” in limiting Iran’s footprint in Syria is “through the Russians. The Syrians also do not want to be taken over by the Iranians, but Russia has the key.
28. Russian International Affairs Council: Igor Yushkov, The Fight for Nord Stream 2: The Interests of all the Players Involved.
29. The New Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, Will the Last Person in Lithuania Please Turn Out the Lights? [Text with links, chart, and comments:]
31. The irrepressible Yulia Tymoshenko unending quest for power.
32. The Gateway Pundit: President Trump is Right – Mueller and His Accomplices Are the Most Conflicted Gang in US History!
33. Sputnik: ‘In Russophobic Circles Anyone Who Knows a Russian is Criminal’ – Academic.
34. The Real News Network: Trump, Putin, and ‘Russian Roulette.’ Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News and co-author of “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” joins TRNN’s Aaron Maté to discuss the evidentiary basis for claims of a Kremlin interference campaign in the U.S. and potential Trump campaign cooperation. []

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