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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#135
Tuesday, 24 July 2018

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1. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Russia Must Show Caution Now That It Has Publicly Sided With Trump. Having publicly entered internal U.S. politics, Russia must be prepared for various unpleasant surprises.
2. Micah Zenko, Democrats Will Regret Becoming the Anti-Russia Party. Riling up the public against Moscow is good for Democrats in the short term-and bad for America.
3. TASS: Will Russia enjoy a rising population by 2036?
4. Meduza: Russian Communists push for a national referendum against raising the retirement age.
5. TASS: Russian prison system to investigate brutality cases following Yaroslavl scandal.
6. The Conversation: Brian Taylor, Putin the hero.
7. Financial Times: Sanctions reach far beyond Russia’s oligarchs. Struggles for mid-size groups illustrate broader effects of US and EU penalties.
8. TASS: NASA Administrator says space provides best opportunity for dialogue amid sanctions.
9. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Large Russian Companies Are Turning Inward. The mobile operator Megafon’s plan to delist in London is the latest sign that the West is becoming inhospitable.
10. TASS: Europe to pay 30% more for US LNG, Russia’s EU envoy warns.
11. Putin orders construction of world’s longest bridge.
12. American Herald Tribune: Andrey Kortunov, Was Putin Not Generous Enough In Helsinki?
14. Patrick Buchanan, Is Putin’s Russia an ‘Evil Empire’?
15. Wall Street Journal: Walter Russell Mead, Putin Is Weak. Europe Doesn’t Have to Be. Moscow is a sideshow. The real dangers come from within the Continent.
16. Interfax: BRICS leaders to discuss expansion at summit in S. Africa – Kremlin aide.
17. Patrick Armstrong, NATO Trumped. []
18. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia. A new book details why future historians may well identify Putin’s landmark March 1 speech as the ultimate game-changer in the 21st century New Great Game in Eurasia.
19. The Hill: Poll: Most Americans back Trump’s call for follow-up summit with Putin.
20. The Week: Matthew Walther, Why do Democrats want another Cold War?
21. Why Russian Spies Really Like American Universities.
22. Popular Mechanics: How Roads Could Win or Lose a War With Russia.
23. Russia Insider: James Howard Kunstler, Trump Will Likely Win Against the Russiahoax, Only to Be Buried by a Market Meltdown.
24. New York Times: Read These 3 Books About Putin and Russian Interference in the 2016 Elections.
25. Washington Post: McFaul expected to meet with Trump’s top adviser on Russia at White House. (Fiona Hill)
26. Wall Street Journal editorial: The FBI’s FISA Faults. The documents show the bureau relied heavily on the Steele dossier.
27. New York Times: Trump Again Falsely Claims Russia Investigation Started With Steele Dossier.
28. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, An Open Letter From a Salisbury Resident to Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu. (re Skripal affair) []
29. George Galloway, The plot thins: How gel became a liquid and the whole Novichok affair began to smell to high heaven. []
30. The Unz Review: Philip Geraldi, Is Bill Browder the Most Dangerous Man in the World? The darling of the war party needs to answer some questions. [Text with links and comments:]
31. RFE/RL: Putin ‘A Cold-Blooded Killer,’ Says Kremlin Critic Browder.
32. Arkady Savitsky, US approves military assistance to Ukraine after Trump-Putin summit. Ukraine’s government says its military will meet NATO standards by or during the year 2020. [Text with links:]
33. Jacobin Magazine: Sean Guillory, Richard Pipes, the Historian as Essentialist. For Richard Pipes, the anticommunist ideologue and historian, Soviet tyranny was rooted not in communism, but in the Russian soul.

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