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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#152
Wednesday, 22 August 2018

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1. Pew Research Center: Russians Say Their Government Did Not Try to Influence U.S. Presidential Election. Most say Russia is playing an increasingly important role in world affairs.
2. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Savchenko, Sentsov & Udaltsov: Blatant hypocrisy makes Russians deeply cynical about the West. [rt.com/op-ed/436581-ukraine-savchenko-babchenko-russia/]
3. Washington Post: Stewart Baker, The U.S. needs to think about the unthinkable on cybersecurity (excerpt)
4. Washington Post: Sunny Bunch, The CIA funded a culture war against communism. It should do so again.
5. US Department of State: “The Senior Advisor for Russian Malign Activities and Trends (or, SARMAT)”
6. Bear Market Brief: Top Story: Sanctions
7. US Department of State: U.S. Strategy Toward the Russian Federation. Remarks of A. Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
9. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, DASKAA AND THE NEW ANTI-RUSSIA SANCTIONS: DOES THE US WANT SELF-ISOLATION?
10. Washington Post: Anton Troianovski, Russia keeps getting hit with sanctions. Do they make a difference?
11. Reuters: William Courtney, Commentary: The right way to sanction Putin’s Russia.
12. Moscow Times: Russia’s Mysterious Pension Reform. Why has the Kremlin unexpectedly decided to introduce such an unpopular and politically dangerous pension reform?
13. Paul Goble: Putin’s Poll Numbers a Resource He Can Use Rather than Hoard, ‘Nezavisimaya’ Says.
14. PONARS Eurasia: Kirill Rogov, Administrative Mobilization and the Dynamics of Electoral Manipulations on Putin’s Presidential Election. (excerpt)
15. Intellinews.com: Russian unemployment at lowest level since 1991 due to demographic dip in shock therapy years.
16. Interfax: Sustainable energy, Russian energy sector development through 2024 to top agenda of Energy Week – Novak.
17. Valdai Discussion Club: Artyom Lukin, WHY RUSSIA IS STILL PLAYING SECOND FIDDLE IN KOREAN GEOPOLITICS.
18. Financial Times: Russia launches a diplomatic offensive on rebuilding Syria. Putin wants to convince European nations to normalise relations with Assad.
19. AP: Russia: West Obstructing Aid to Syria, Return of Refugees.
20. Washington Post: Putin would be happy to see Iranian forces leave Syria, John Bolton says.
21. Bloomberg: Trump’s Helsinki Hopes Fade After Putin Rejects Microsoft Charges.
22. Interfax: U.S. may rearm some strategic delivery vehicles reequipped under New START with up to 2,000 nuclear warheads – Ryabkov.
23. www.rt.com: Washington froze Russian assets in US worth hundreds of millions of dollars – US Treasury.
24. www.rt.com: ‘No evidence’, but Russian Fancy Bears are doing it again (p.s. here’s our new product) – Microsoft.
26. www.rt.com: Cohen bombshell sparks fresh calls for Trump impeachment – but what happened to Russia collusion? [rt.com/usa/436565-trump-impeachment-cohen-manafort/]
27. UNIAN (Kyiv): Ukraine should create Mossad-type unit to kidnap Yanukovych from Russia – prosecutor.
28. Awful Avalanche: Yeltsin: Drunk Or Not Drunk? – Part II. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/yeltsin-drunk-or-not-drunk-part-ii/]
29. Awful Avalanche: Yeltsin: Drunk Or Not Drunk? – Part III. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/22/yeltsin-drunk-or-not-drunk-part-iii/]
30. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russians Get a Revisionist View of Soviet Union’s End. A new narrative paints from a former vice president paints Yeltsin as a tool of the U.S. in thwarting 1991 coup by hardliners.
31. Russia Beyond: 10 most important Russian songs of all time. [rbth.com/arts/329006-most-important-russian-songs]
32. https://gilbertdoctorow.com: Gilbert Doctorow, Putin’s weekend diplomacy with Austria and Germany: reading the tea leaves. [gilbertdoctorow.com/2018/08/21/putins-weekend-diplomacy-with-austria-and-germany-reading-the-tea-leaves/]

 

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