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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#138
Friday, 27 July 2018

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1. James Rodgers, August: The Crisis Month That Shaped Modern Russia.
2. The Nation: Aaron Mate, The Elite Fixation With Russiagate. Does a broader public share this sense of crisis?
3. Kennan Institute: Andrey Miroshnichenko and Sergei Samoilenko, Trump Bump and Trump Filter Bubble: How the media’s obsession with Trump may encourage the Russian propaganda machine.
4. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Pundit says Trump-Putin summit may impair US-Russia relations. (Fyodor Lukyanov)
5. Moscow Times: 7 Key Bills of the Russian Duma’s Spring Session.
6. Ilya Budraitskis, Can Russia’s opposition come together to fight the Kremlin’s pension reform? While popular opinion is dead against the Russian government’s continued neoliberal line in social policy, opposition groups are competing for influence and electorate.
7. PONARS Eurasia: Maria Lipman & Evgeny Gontmakher, There is No “Reform” in Russia’s Recent “Pension Reform” Bill. Interview with Evgeny Gontmakher.
8. Transitions Online: Kremlin Tries to Lure Wealthy Exiles Home. Criminal investigations could be lifted if corrupt entrepreneurs – and their capital – come home, according to reports.
9. TASS: Russia does not renounce dollar as universal reserve currency, Putin says.
10. US making mistake using dollar as political weapon – Putin.
11. Wall Street Journal: Trump Wants Europe to Buy U.S. Gas-but Russia Is in His Way. Russian gas is cheaper and U.S. exporters may not want to rush to Europe, given their gas fetches a higher price in Asia.
12. Summit meeting.
13. TASS: Kommersant: Moscow suggests that Washington reconfirm adherence to four agreements.
14. Trump strives to keep his promises, it’s his ‘great’ advantage – Putin.
15. Rajai Masri, Trump, Putin & Helsinki: Henry Kissinger Still Calls the Shots.
16. Daily Beast: Henry Kissinger Pushed Trump to Work With Russia to Box In China. The former secretary of state pushed one president to use China to isolate the Soviet Union. These days, he’s counseling almost the reverse-and officials are listening.
17. Izvestia: Russian pundit says Trump ‘precise, shrewd’ politician. (Kirill Koktysh)
18. Patrick Armstrong, Psychoanalysing NATO: Gaslighting.
19. Sputnik: Yulia Skripal to Return to Russia When Her Father Gets Better, Cousin Says.
20. TASS: Unclear what substance British investigators are dealing with – Russian embassy.
21. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, The Salisbury Bookshop Sketch. []
22. Kyiv Post editorial: Far wrong. (re nationalism in Ukraine)
23. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, Putin wanted to interrogate me. Trump called it ‘an incredible offer.’ Why? When foreign affairs are, literally, personal.
24. Council on Foreign Relations: Podcast. U.S.-Russia Relations With Michael McFaul.
25. Michael McFaul: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know.
26. Washington Post: David Ignatius, This is not your grandfather’s KGB. Putin wants to sow discord, not steal U.S. secrets.
27. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, A Brief Compendium of Nonsense About Putin.
29. Wall Street Journal: Lee Edwards, ‘1983’ and ‘The Brink’ Review: The Most Dangerous War Game. The Soviets feared that Able Archer-an annual NATO military exercise-was cover for an actual attack.
30. Most Russians believe NASA’s lunar missions were fake.
31. Real News Network: Many Russians Think Climate Change is Propaganda to Weaken Their Economy – RAI with A. Buzgalin (11/12). On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alexandr Buzgalin says Russian oligarchs find an oil based economy too profitable to consider transitioning away from it – with host Paul Jay.

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