RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-145 :: Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#145
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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1. RT receives Emmy nomination for haunting reports on war-ravaged Mosul. [Text with photos and video]
2. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan, When Does Vladimir Putin’s Russia Send In Troops? [Text with links and chart]
3. Real Clear Politics: Daniel Mahoney, Post-Communist Russia Is Not the Soviet Union. []
4. Ben Aris, Russian growth is stymied by a crisis of confidence. [Text with charts]
5. Russian Audit Chamber to get stronger anti-corruption mandate.
6. TASS: Russia’s Central Election Commission approves retirement age referendum questions.
7. The American Interest: Aaron Schwaartzbaum, Putin’s Pension Headache. For the Russian President and his team, social security reform is no walk in the park.

Putin’s Pension Headache

8. Financial Times: Russian ‘mood swing’ points to trouble for Putin. Disgruntled public no longer seems willing to put patriotism before wellbeing.
9. New York Times: Putin’s Monolithic Party Shows Cracks Over Pension Cutbacks.
10. The Independent (UK): Alexander Lebedev, Russia can build on the sense of national cohesion we saw during the World Cup. It is a shame that some of those who made their fortunes in their home country now choose to have nothing to do with the Russian state. []
11. TASS: Russia calls to abandon doubtful methods in drug addiction treatment.
12. TASS: Kommersant: US anti-Russia bill restrains Donald Trump rather than Moscow.
13. Bear Market Brief: Defending America Against Kremlin Aggression Act. (text) [reporting on:]
14. TASS: Politico: Putin offered Trump a number of arms control initiatives at Helsinki summit.
15. Leaked document: Putin lobbied Trump on arms control. A list of issues he shared with Trump in Helsinki suggests Russia wants to continue traditional nuclear talks with the U.S. – but doesn’t answer all questions about their meeting. [Text with links]
16. War on the Rocks: William Potter and Sarah Bidgoog, THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF THE COLD WAR: U.S.-SOVIET COOPERATION ON NONPROLIFERATION. []
17. Meduza: ‘It’s our time to serve the Motherland’ How Russia’s war in Georgia sparked Moscow’s modern-day recruitment of criminal hackers.
18. TASS: Kommersant: US unofficially finds Saakashvili guilty of starting 2008 war.
19. Bryan MacDonald, Was the modern concept of ‘fake news’ born in Georgia a decade ago? []
20. Moon of Alabama: Repost: Saakashvili Wants War? He Will Get It. (repost from 2008) []
21. Wall Street Journal: Mikheil Saakashvili, When Russia Invaded Georgia. It happened in 2008 and foretold a decade of Putin’s adventurism.
22. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Comment by the Information and Press Department on the 10th anniversary of the August 2008 events in the Caucasus.
23. Russian diplomats urge Georgia to sign non-aggression treaty with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
24. TASS: Timoshenko remains favorite among Ukraine’s possible 2019 contenders, survey suggests.
25. Forward: Hannay Rosenthal, Global Neo-Nazism Is Increasing. Why Is The State Department Anti-Semitism Envoy Position Still Vacant? (re New York Times coverage of Ukraine)
26. Reuters: U.S. Think Tank’s Tiny Lab Helps Facebook Battle Fake Social Media.
27. Tyler Durden, A Four Person NATO-Funded Team Advises Facebook On Flagging “Propaganda”
28. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Christopher Steele, FBI’s Confidential Human Source by Publius Tacitus.
29. The Daily Beast: Amy Knight, This Russian Spy Agency is in the Middle of Everything. Only a few years ago, the GRU looked like it might be dissolved. But Putin found new uses for it: covert war in Ukraine and ‘active measures’ that helped Trump get elected.
30. Washington Post: Robert Kagan, Believe it or not, Trump’s following a familiar script on Russia. The West has spent a decade playing into Putin’s hands.
31. Washington Post: Michael Morrell, Putin is afraid of one thing. Make him think it could happen. To protect our democracy, more steps, and stronger ones, are urgently needed.
32. Washington Post: Christian Caryl, The Russia that Republicans love doesn’t exist.
33. Washington Post: Ala Creciun Graff, 100 years later, Russia is still revising the story of the imperial family’s execution by Red Army guards.


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