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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#153
Thursday, 23 August 2018

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1. The Daily Express (UK): Love child of two prehistoric species of humans unearthed in a Russian cave.
2. Russia Matters: Andrew Kuchins, Russian Power Under Putin: Up and Down and Flatline.
3. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, What the Brennan Affair Really Reveals. Valorizing an ex-CIA director and bashing Trump obscures what is truly ominous.
4. The Irish Times: Putin urges US to reconsider as new sanctions set to kick in. Russian president says sanctions on range of technologies ‘pointless and counterproductive’
5. Intellinews.com: Russia’s financial authorities are putting the economy on an “economic war” footing as sanctions bite.
6. www.rt.com: Russia will respond with counter measures against US sanctions – official.
7. Intellinews.com: Russia’s National Wealth Fund can withstand one more crisis vows Kudrin.
8. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The U.S. Can’t Bring Russia ‘to Its Knees.’ At least not without setting off a global energy and financial crisis.
9. Foreign Affairs: Nigel Gould-Davies, Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Why It’s Important to Keep Up the Pressure (excerpt)
10. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, ‘Sanctions bill from hell.’ Anti-Russia legislation and Capitol Hill.
11. Moscow Times: The State Duma Debated Pension Reform. Here’s What You Need to Know. Russian experts review the State Duma’s two-day discussion on the unpopular bill.
12. Bear Market Brief: Duma and pension reform.
14. www.rt.com: Goldman, JPMorgan object to Russian proposal to limit their ability to move money out of the country.
15. Forbes.com: Steve Hanke, A Gold Bloc For Iran, Russia, and Turkey…Oh My!
16. AP: World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route.
17. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Gazprom Is Investing More In Oil & Gas Worldwide Than Rival Exxon.
18. Bloomberg: Europe Is Warming Up to Putin. With Donald Trump upending diplomatic ties around the world, the Russian leader is finding a friendlier reception from European leaders who’ve long shunned him.
19. Facebook: Fred Weir, Putin Dances in Austria.
20. Asia Times: David Goldman, Europe, Japan, China and Russia line up against US. Investment patterns are shifting in response to America’s new assertiveness
21. New York Times: Taliban Say They Will Attend Afghan Peace Talks in Russia.
22. YaleGlobal Online: Viacheslav Morozov, Russia’s Internal Otherness. A deep internal culture divide in Russia between traditionalists and European Russians encourages isolationism.
23. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Guest Post: Sovieticus Nincompoopus (Or the IYI, Russian-Style) [unz.com/akarlin/sovieticus-nincompoop/]
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, RUSSIA’S ALLIES AND SATELLITES.
25. The Times (UK): My uncle could be dead, claims Sergei Skripal’s niece.
26. Interfax-Ukraine: Ukraine marks 1,000 days without Russian gas.
27. UNIAN (Kyiv): Poroshenko shocked by number of Putin’s “advocates” in Ukraine politics.
28. Interfax: Poroshenko apologizes to Ukrainians for giving ‘excessive expectations’ in 2014.
29. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Russian troops in Donbas.
30. Russia Beyond: Playing out Russian history: The disintegration of the USSR from 1985-1991. [rbth.com/history/329009-disintegration-of-ussr-gorbachev-yeltsin]
31. Awful Avalanche: Yeltsin: Drunk Or Not Drunk? – Part IV. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/yeltsin-drunk-or-not-drunk-part-iv/]
32. Russia Beyond: The top 3 unknown proxy wars between the Soviet Union and U.S.
33. www.rt.com: Danielle Ryan, Proof that Manafort & Cohen are criminals adds no weight to Mueller’s Russia collusion probe.
34. Antiwar.com: Justin Raimondo, The New Cold War Flops. Poll shows anti-Russia campaign had little effect. [original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/08/22/the-new-cold-war-flops/]
35. Moon of Alabama: Facebook Kills “Inauthentic” Foreign News Accounts – U.S. Propaganda Stays Alive. [moonofalabama.org/2018/08/facebook-kills-inauthentic-foreign-news-accounts-us-propaganda-stays-alive.html#more]
36. Facebook: Denis Churilov, “Sock puppet” accounts.
37. www.rt.com: Robert Bridge, Elvis, UFOs & Big Foot are (probably) trying to hack the US political system, too. [rt.com/op-ed/436608-election-hacking-meddling-russia/]
38. New York Times: Attempted Hacking of Voter Database Was a False Alarm, Democratic Party Says.
39. The Guardian (UK): ‘We were astounded by the freedom’: my time as a host on Russia’s RT TV. Sam Delaney’s News Thing was an anarchic fixture on RT for two years. Then the novichok poisonings changed the mood. [theguardian.com/media/2018/aug/18/we-were-astounded-by-the-freedom-my-time-as-a-host-on-russias-rt-tv]

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