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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#124 :: Monday, 9 July 2018
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1. Moscow Times: Patriotism Abounds After Russia Exits World Cup.
2. RNZ (New Zealand): Russians just want to be liked.
3. The National Interest: Thomas Graham, Time for a Helsinki Communique. The joint U.S.-China Shanghai Communique laid out stark differences, but also laid real groundwork for cooperation. Could Trump and Putin follow such an example?
4. Reuters: The issues on the table when Trump and Putin meet.
5. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, HELSINKI SUMMIT: TRADING AGAINST THE TRENDS.
6. Meduza: Moscow drafts a blueprint for the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki.
7. Financial Times: Trump and Putin face nuclear options at Helsinki summit. Crumbling arms control treaties a priority at meeting of US and Russian leaders.
8. Russia Beyond: Just do IT: Why Russians dominate cyberland. [Text with links: rbth.com/science-and-tech/328694-why-russians-win-it-cyber]
9. Reuters: World Cup exit strips Putin of cover for pension reforms.
10. Interfax: Pensions in Russia to keep growing after 2024 – Labor Ministry.
11. Izvestia: Russian minister interviewed on planned pension reform.
12. Bloomberg: Mark Whitehouse, Here’s One Area Where Russia Beats the U.S. By several key measures it has the world’s best economic management, says the IMF’s former top man in the country. (Martin Gilman)
13. Vedomosti: Daily views amendments to Russian ‘foreign agent’ media law
14. Oilprice.com: Russia’s Finance Ministry Warns Of Another Price Collapse.
15. Washington Post: Michael Sharnoff, Russia and the U.S. have common interests in Syria. But it may not matter. Despite their alliance, Russia has never had much influence over Syria’s policies.
16. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Skripal 2.0: It’s High Time for the British Government to Explain Itself – Here’s 10 Easy Questions to Help Them Out. [theblogmire.com/skripal-2-0-its-high-time-for-the-british-government-to-explain-itself-heres-10-easy-questions-to-help-them-out/]
17. www.craigmurray.org.uk: Craig Murray, Dawn Sturgess. [craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/07/dawn-sturgess/]
18. Daily Beast: Amy Knight, IMPLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. Novichok Victim Dies: Did the Kremlin Really Lose Control of its Deadliest Poisons? The real question is where does the Russian criminal state end and the criminal underworld begin, and how do they work together in what amounts to a new murder incorporated?
19. Kyiv Post: Ukraine’s army advances slowly at Russian front.
20. www.rt.com: ‘Washington should remove Russian media from foreign agents list’ – embassy statement.
21. New York Magazine: Jonathan Chart, What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987? Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart – Or His Handler? A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.
22. Washington Post editorial: The Senate Intelligence Committee reaffirms that Russia meddled. Will Trump listen?
23. The Unz Review: Kees van der Pijl, Why Was Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Shot Down? (excerpt) [Full text: unz.com/article/why-was-malaysian-airlines-flight-mh17-shot-down/]
24. New York Times: Keith Gessen, Russia Was My Obscure Interest. Now Everyone Is Paying Attention.
25. Wall Street Journal: Yaroslav Trofimov, Russia’s Turn to Its Asian Past. As nostalgia surges for the eastern conquest of Genghis Khan, Putin maps out his own empire.

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