RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-144 :: Tuesday, 7 August 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#143
Tuesday, 7 August 2018

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DJ: I’m wondering if there are readers of JRL who remember the extensive coverage of the conflict between Russia and Georgia 10 years ago. For me its a good example of how accurate details about complex events are lost in the fog of simple memories. And of why JRL is a vital source of needed diversity that is hard to find elsewhere.
In this issue

TODAY

1. TASS: Russian PM says before attacking Tskhinval, Saakashvili was convinced US would support him.
2. Government.ru/Kommersant: Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Kommersant newspaper. 10 years after the Georgia-South Ossetia conflict.
3. www.rt.com: Significant share of Russians blame Georgia, US & NATO for 2008 South Ossetia war.
4. Moscow Times: Russia Can Weather Any New U.S. Sanctions, Says Moody’s.
5. Bloomberg: Russia’s Shield Against Sanctions Draws Praise From Moody’s.
6. TASS: Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russia and WTO – six years on.
7. Bloomberg: Rosneft Sets Cash-Flow Record as Russian Oil Hits Sweet Spot.
8. Wall Street Journal: In Russia, the Corporate Raiders Are Often Cops. Companies face harassment from law-enforcement officials, according to business owners, lawyers and activists.
9. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Why Russia Can’t Build the Political Infrastructure It Needs. [https://carnegie.ru/commentary/76998]
10. Foreign Affairs: Neil Hauer, Putin’s Plan to Russify the Caucasus. How Russia’s New Language Law Could Backfire.
11. Valdai Discussion Club: Dmitry Suslov, UNITED STATES ADOPTS A BUDGET FOR GLOBAL CONTAINMENT.
12. www.rt.com: Rand Paul says ‘big mistake’ not to have dialogue with Moscow, invites Russian MPs to DC.
13. The Conversation: David Cortright, New sanctions on Russia and Iran are unlikely to work. Here’s why.
14. Russian International Affairs Council: Victoria Panova, BRICS Summit: A Blessing in Disguise. [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/brics-summit-a-blessing-in-disguise/]
15. Russia in Global Affairs: Andrey Kortunov, “Seven Capital Vices” of China in Africa: How Capital Are They Really? [eng.globalaffairs.ru/book/Seven-Capital-Vices-of-China-in-Africa-How-Capital-Are-They-Really-19696]
16. http://theduran.com: David Swanson, Crimea vs. Afghanistan – Which is More Occupied? Let’s compare Russia’s “occupation” of Crimea with an occupation that the US is not demanding a swift end to: the US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan. [theduran.com/crimea-vs-afghanistan-which-is-more-occupied/]
17. AP: Ukraine’s Roma Live in Fear Amid Wave of Nationalist Attacks.
18. The Guardian (UK): Andrew Roth, How the GRU spy agency targets the west, from cyberspace to Salisbury.
19. Russian Embassy in UK: Embassy Press Officer’s reply to a media question concerning The Guardian article concerning the investigation of the Salisbury incident.
20. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, If Yulia Skripal Now Understands Everything, What Did They Tell Her Before? [theblogmire.com/if-yulia-skripal-now-understands-everything-what-did-they-tell-her-before/]
21. TASS: Embassy says no new data on Russian journalists’ murder in CAR.
22. Awful Avalanche: Rastorguev And The Heart Of Darkness – Part III. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/07/rastorguev-and-the-heart-of-darkness-part-iii/]
23. PONARS Eurasia: “Russia, My History”: History as an Ideological Tool. (Ivan Kurilla, Sergey Ivanov & Adrian Selin)

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