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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#137
Thursday, 26 July 2018

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1. Russia Beyond: Are Russians really as rude as they appear?
2. Wall Street Journal: Julie Iovin, The Most Ambitious Park in Russia. Grafting interactive culture onto wilder urban landscapes, Zaryadye Park in Moscow aspires to be the emblematic park of the 21st century.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, RESILIENT RUSSIA (with comments) (re Marie Mendras, “Putin’s Russia is a sinking ship”)
4. Angus Roxburgh: The real facts about the Putin-Trump press conference. (re transcript)
5. Bear Market Brief: Mikhail Klimentov, Two summits, two Trumps: Russia’s diverging narratives on Helsinki and Singapore.
6. The Unz Review: The Saker, The Putin-Trump Helsinki Summit. The action is in the reaction. (excerpt) [www.unz.com/tsaker/the-putin-trump-helsinki-summit/]
7. Valdai Discussion Club: Steven Pifer, U.S.- Russia Relations and a Second Trump-Putin Summit.
8. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Helsinki summit: What’s next? U.S. and Russia should strengthen ties.
9. European Leadership Network: Dmitry Stefanovich, Post-Helsinki Opportunities for New START and the INF Treaty? The official results of the Putin-Trump meeting were limited to say the least, but Dmitry Stefanovich argues that key strategic stability challenges may ultimately be resolved after direct talks. [europeanleadershipnetwork.org/commentary/post-helsinki-opportunities-for-new-start-and-the-inf-treaty/]
10. www.rt.com: Top Russian senator urges major prison reform after new torture scandal.
11. The Real News Network: Why Does the West Hate Putin? – RAI with A. Buzgalin (10/12). On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says the West doesn’t like Putin defying the American world order, but this does not make Russia a progressive country – with host Paul Jay.
12. Bloomberg: Mark Whitehouse, Maybe Russia’s Economy Doesn’t Need Democracy.An economist who advises the government says other things hold back growth. (Vladimir Mau)
13. Bear Market Brief: MinTrud proposes new roadmap for pension reform.
14. Washington Post: Kristy Ironside, The crisis that could take down Putin’s presidency. Domestic politics – not tension with the U.S. – poses the biggest threat to Putin.
15. Reuters: For Russian Business, Putin’s Summit Win Over Trump Turns Sour.
16. www.rt.com: BRICS trade surges by 30% as global market influence of developing economies grows – Putin.
17. Reuters: Threat from Trump trade wars gives fresh purpose to BRICS bloc.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Georgy Toloraya, BRICS AND THE WORLD ORDER.
19. The American Conservative: Geoffrey Aronson, Russia Has Become an Unusual Broker in Golan Heights 2.0. The long-disputed territory between Syria and Israel found its way onto the dais in Helsinki. Here’s why.
20. Financial Times: Russia seeks western support for postwar Syria. Moscow tries to persuade rest of world to normalise relations with Assad.
21. The Real News Network: Debunking the Putin Panic with Stephen F. Cohen. There is much to criticize the Russian president for, says Professor Stephen F. Cohen of Princeton and NYU, but many US political and media claims about Putin are false – and reckless.
22. www.rt.com: Russia skeptical about US Crimea Declaration, says Washington fails to stick to commitments.
23. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE HELSINKI REFERENDUM FOR DONBASS – PUTIN OPTS FOR NO-WIN, NO-LOSE; US REJECTS SWAP OF DONBASS FOR CRIMEA.
24. Russia Insider: Andrey Babitsky, Empire Says Democracy for Everyone — Except for Donbass.
25. www.strategic-culture.org: Robert Bridge, “Vladimir the Terrible’ US Deep State Desperately Needs a Russian Villain to Cover Its Tracks.
26. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Yaroslavl Rebellion: 16 Days of Freedom (excerpt)
27. www.rt.com: ‘Putin gave Trump bugged football…possibly’: Mainstream media scoops again.
28. Washington Post: Josh Rogin, Russia fever is distracting the United States from the China threat.
[Text with links https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/josh-rogin/wp/2018/07/25/russia-fever-is-distracting-the-united-states-from-the-china-threat/?utm_term=.720bcb997adf]
29. Counterpunch.org: Ted Rall, Why the Russia-Trump Collusion Conspiracy Theory Isn’t Catching On.
30. Washington Post: Max Boot, The evidence doesn’t prove collusion. But it sure suggests it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-evidence-doesnt-prove-collusion-but-it-sure-suggests-it/2018/07/25/1c3ebba0-902e-11e8-b769-e3fff17f0689_story.html?utm_term=.c575207de211
31. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Taking a New Look at the Unverified Steele Dossier by Publius Tacitus (excerpt)
32. https://codastory.com: Michael Weiss and Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, Dissecting the Trump-Russia Dossier. President Trump calls it the “Fake Dirty Dossier.” We have been through every line of former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s allegations to assess their accuracy.
33. New book: Elisabeth Schimpfossl , Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie (published by Oxford University Press)

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