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1. Russia Beyond: Why are Russians so weird? [rbth.com/lifestyle/328910-why-russians-are-so-weird]
2. Moscow Times: Moscow Welcomes 2000 Years of History.
3. Paul Goble: Number of Believers in Russia Up, Role of Religion in Their Lives Often Remains Small, New Study Finds.
4. Interfax: Russia to memorialize 20 Holocaust execution sites.
5. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia’s Asian and European halves meet and mix in remote Buryatia. Russia isn’t just the cathedral-and-Kremlin society pictured by the West. In the remote – and struggling – republic of Buryatia, a mix of Cossacks and Mongols, Orthodox Christian exiles and Buddhists populate a decidedly different Russia. First in a five-part series.
6. Bear Market Brief: Self-employed workers may not have to pay insurance.
7. www.zerohedge.com: Tyler Durden, Russia Explains Why It Liquidated Its US Treasurys.
8. RFE/RL: Not So United: Russia’s Ruling Party Rattled By Pension-Reform Crisis.
9. Fort Russ: Rostislav Ishchenko, It’s Time For The PUTIN REVOLUTION. [fort-russ.com/2018/08/ishchenko-its-time-for-the-putin-revolution/]
10. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia preparing ‘crushing response’ to US sanctions ‘bill from hell’
11. Interfax: Revision of sanctions could start with lifting restrictions on Russian, U.S. lawmakers – Slutsky.
12. Washington Post: Maria Snegovaya, Here’s how we know sanctions against Russia are working.
13. Bloomberg: Barclays Warns on ‘Drastic’ Proposal to Sanction Russian Banks.
14. The Times (UK): Expect a riot: Pussy Riot depict Putin’s brutal Russia.
15. Paul Goble: Growing Russian Sympathy for West a Bigger Problem for Kremlin than Regime’s Declining Ratings, Shevtsova Says
16. Intellinews.com: Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline ready to bypass Denmark painlessly.
17. Defenseone.com: Russia Is Slowly Declining As a Space Superpower.
18. Reuters: Friendship No More-How Russian Gas Is a Problem for Germany.
19. Russian International Affairs Council: Pavel Kanevsky, Trade Uncertainty: Possible Consequences of the Trade Wars for Russia and the World. [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/trade-uncertainty-possible-consequences-of-the-trade-wars-for-russia-and-the-world/]
20. Journal of Eurasian Studies: Andrew Kuchins, What is Eurasia to US (the U.S.)?
21. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Washington rejects Moscow’s offer to join Syria post-war rebuilding effort.
22. www.strategic-culture.org: James Jatras, There Will Be No American-Russian Alliance Against China.
23. www.rt.com: Georgia’s NATO entry could lead to terrible conflict, Russian PM warns.
24. Reuters: Georgia started war with Russia: EU-backed report.
25. Moscow Times: Russians Blame Tbilisi, Not Moscow for 2008 War, Poll Says.
26. Antiwar.com: David Stockman, How Syria and Ukraine Drove the Russia Hawks Insane. (excerpt) [original.antiwar.com/David_Stockman/2018/07/20/how-syria-and-ukraine-drove-the-russia-hawks-insane/]
27. Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi, Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship. The social network is too big and broken to properly function, and these “fixes” will only create more problems.
28. EU Today: How Maria Butina fooled the Russian opposition.
29. Washington Post: Aaron Blake, Vladimir Putin’s goal was to destabilize the United States. He’s succeeding.
30. Washington Post: The Washington Post to release new book examining Russian interference in the 2016 election and its impact beyond.
31. Washington Post editorial: Trump isn’t taking the Russia threat seriously. But lawmakers can show they are.
32. USA Today: A mountain of evidence points in one direction: Russia sought to sway the 2016 US election.
33. TASS: US Senate seeks to set up center for fighting alleged threats from Russia.
34. Valdai Discussion Club: Vladimir Shubin, THE BRICS SUMMIT AND RUSSIA’S RENEWED FOCUS ON AFRICA.
35. Awful Avalanche: Rastorguev And The Heart Of Darkness – Part I. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/rastorguev-and-the-heart-of-darkness-part-i/]
36. Awful Avalanche: Rastorguev And The Heart Of Darkness – Part II. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/06/rastorguev-and-the-heart-of-darkness-part-ii/]

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