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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

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1. TASS: Volunteers often work more effectively than officials, says Putin.
2. ‘Energy in him was in full swing’: Putin’s teacher opens up about her famous pupil. []
3. Reuters: Rouble slump hits Russians’ wallets, not their support for Putin.
4. Paul Goble: More than Half of Russians Say Neither Side in August 1991 Putsch was in the Right.
5. Sic Semper Tyrannis: David Habakkuk on Russia Delusion Syndrome (RDS). []
6. RFE/RL: Yes Or No: Is A Referendum In The Cards Over Russian Pension Reform?
7. Russia’s VK announces privacy changes to protect users from arrest.
8. Interfax: Group calls for amnestying people convicted of extremism over reposts, likes.
9. Interfax: Kremlin urges social media prosecutions to stay within ‘reason’
10. Maria Trofimova: European University at Saint Petersburg Reopens Its International Programs.
11. Financial Times: Ill-timed Kremlin intervention adds to Russian investor pain. Proposed new levies come at a time when companies’ shares are falling due to US sanctions.
12. Washington Post: Vladimir Kara-Murza, The Kremlin is taking no chances as Moscow moves ahead with its sham mayoral election.
13. TASS: Kommersant: Can former empires Russia, Turkey and Germany unite against the US?
14. TASS: Experts warn new US military budget aims to draw Russia, China and Iran into arms race.
15. TASS: US Department of State official denies suspension of Open Skies treaty.
16. US ‘shoots itself in the foot’ suspending Open Skies Treaty with Russia – retired general.
17. Reuters: More U.S. Marines to train in Norway, closer to Russia.
18. TASS: Russian diplomat says US fails to settle international conflicts.
19. Paul Goble: Moscow has Made ‘Unforgivable Mistake’ of Setting West against Russia for the Long Term, Shevtsova Says.
20. Bloomberg: Kushner Foreign Policy Role Grew After Kissinger Lunch.
21. The National Interest: Paul Saunders, Why Bloomberg Got It Wrong. Today’s dominant “party lines” are often shaping reporting to a greater extent than the facts.
22. Moscow Times: The Russian Sanctions Bill Proposed by Congress, Explained.
23. The Hill: Businesses fear blowback from Russia sanctions bill.
24. Asia Times: Russia plays referee on the Golan Heights. The area has been a repeated flashpoint over the course of Syria’s civil war.
25. Wall Street Journal: Turkey Shifts Toward Russia as Sanctions Sour U.S. Relations.
27. Russia proposes deal with Turkey to ditch US dollar for lira-ruble trade amid currency crisis.
29. Sputnik: Lee Stranahan, As Sanctions Loom, Salisbury Residents Question Skripal Poisoning Narrative.
30. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Are Any MPs Prepared to Ask the Prime Minister Why She Appears to Have Made a Deeply Misleading Statement on 26th March?[]
31. Danielle Ryan, EU ‘disinfo-busting’ outlet targets ‘Russophiles’ in McCarthyist campaign to push own narrative. []
32. Vasily Gatov, Research the revenge: what we’re getting wrong about Russia Today. Data-mining and analysis will not reveal what makes Russian propaganda tick.
33. The New Republic: Craig Under, When a Young Trump Went to Russia. In 1987, the real estate tycoon visited the country to explore a hotel deal. Is that when he became compromised by Russian security services?
34. The trailer for Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs is a star-filled study in royal delusions. The Amazon series is Weiner’s follow-up to Mad Men, and features many of the same faces.

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