RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-136 :: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#136
Wednesday, 25 July 2018

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1. The Guardian (UK): Marie Mendras, Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a creaking ship. Don’t fall for the propaganda. The united front seen during the World Cup is an illusion. Putin fears the convergence of grassroots and an elite opposition.
2. Brookings: Elaine Kamarck, Putin’s Russia becomes Trump’s America. (excerpt)
3. Lobe Log: Robert Hunter, Helsinki’s Top Lesson: No US-Russia Cold War.
4. Interfax: Russia doesn’t pose threat to U.S., Russia is America’s rival, but not enemy – Kosachyov.
5. Xinhua: Russia’s population estimated at 137-157 million by 2036.
6. RIA Novosti: Medvedev urged to create conditions for active longevity.
7. Meeting with Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova.
8. Kommersant: Minority Languages Ready for Third Reading. State Duma Updates Standards for Teaching Official Languages.
9. Christian Science Monitor/Kommersant: He calls it a ‘hustle,’ but this Russian’s cryptocurrency empowers a village. Cryptocurrencies are associated more with hard-to-understand financial investments than small farms producing potatoes and eggs. But in ruble-poor, rural Russia, Mikhail Shlyapnikov created a system to help his community trade real goods and services.
10. TASS: Most Russians feel World Cup will boost Russia’s image, poll reveals.
11. Russia Beyond: Why do Europeans and Americans need visas to enter Russia?
12. TASS: Kommersant: Tenth BRICS summit kicks off amid trade wars.
13. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Washington seeking confrontation, not cooperation with Moscow.
14. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatiana Mitrova, Western Sanctions on Russia’s Oil and Gas Sector: a Damage Assessment.
15. Kenneth Rapoza, Latest Anti-Russia Sanctions Bill Does Not Target Nord Stream II.
16. German spooks spot little ‘Russia cyber activity’ at polls – but certain Moscow hell-bent on hacking.
17. Robert Mueller: “Weapons of mass destruction”
18. A majority thinks Russia has dirt on Trump, a new poll shows.
20. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Paul Stronski, Trump’s Appeasement of Putin Undermines U.S. Diplomatic Posture.
21. Washington Post: Max Boot, Without the Russians, Trump wouldn’t have won.
22. Twitter: Michael McFaul, “A Russian dictator”
23. Voice of America: Estonia Spy Chief: Network of Operatives Pushing Russian Agenda in West.
24. Jacobin Magazine: Seth Ackerman, Russiagate Can’t End Well for the Left. Liberals are using Russiagate to gin up nationalist fervor and anti-Russian paranoia. It’ll only backfire.
25. Awful Avalanche: Pranksters at it again – Will Volkov Study at Yale? – Part I.
26. Awful Avalanche: Pranksters at it again – Will Volkov Study at Yale? – Part II.
27. Brian Milakovsky, Don’t forget Ukraine’s rural Donbas. War has taken its toll on rural areas under Ukrainian government control in Luhansk region. There’s little sign of relief or policy. (excerpt)
28. Must-Watch Russian Documentary, Banned in The West: ‘The Magnitsky Act – Behind the Scenes’
29. New York Times: Novichok Was in a Perfume Bottle, U.K. Victim Says. (excerpt)
30. TASS: Russian Embassy points to new contradictory theories in Amesbury incident.
31. Craig Murray, The Silence of the Whores. (re Novichok)[]
32. Washington Post: Before her arrest as an alleged Russian agent, Maria Butina’s proud defense of her homeland drew notice at American University.

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