RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-161 :: Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#161
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

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1. Wall Street Journal: Charles G. Boyd and Dimitri K. Simes, Media Guilt by Russian Association. On the hunt for ‘collusion,’ journalists attack our think tank and others for engaging in dialogue.
2. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kortunov, RUSSIA-US RELATIONS: SLOW STEPS WITH TIMID ZIGZAGS.
3. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, PSYCHOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF RUSSIA-US CRISIS: SYMMETRICAL PARANOIA.
4. Facebook: Dmitri Trenin (Director, Carnegie Moscow Center): “Bob Woodward’s book on Trump’s White House is just another argument – if anyone needed it – for Moscow to exercise strategic patience and stay away from this administration. At this point, US-Russia relations are all about preventing an inadvertent collision. Full stop.”
5. TASS: Poll indicates Russians see sport as having best career prospects.
6. www.forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Top 10 Most Influential: A Spy, A Woman And Only One Private Company.
7. http://thesaker.is: The Saker, Putin’s pension reform tour de force.
8. www.rt.com: Putin’s reform proposals quench public discontent, latest poll shows.
9. Levada.ru: Poll finds more Russians ready to protest over pension reform.
11. RFE/RL: Russian Officials Warn Google Not To ‘Meddle’ In Elections By Hosting Navalny Videos.
12. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Devaluating ruble frustrates Russians.
13. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Wages in Russia’s regions are well behind the national average.
14. TASS: More than 80% of company owners in Russia ready to sell their assets – poll.
15. www.rt.com: American wheat can no longer compete with new agricultural superpower Russia.
16. Oilprice.com: Russia’s Oil Companies Thrive Amid Sanctions.
17. TASS: Vedomosti: Gazprom starts construction of Nord Stream 2 sea section.
18. TASS: Kommersant: Russia inks deal to supply US with more rocket engines.
19. Moscow Times: Mark Teeter, Russian State TV’s Newest Show on America Falls Short of Great . The second big-budget talk show of the fall season premiered on Monday night.
20. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at Bolshaya Igra (Big Game) talk show on Channel One, Moscow, September 4, 2018.
21. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, What Kind of Europe Does Russia Need?
22. Reuters: Trump could push Germany towards Russia and China, veteran diplomat says. (Wolfgang Ischinger)
23. Center for Security Studies (Switzerland): Jeronim Perovic, Russia’s Turn to Eurasia.
24. War on the Rocks: Michael Kofman, RUSSIAN PERFORMANCE IN THE RUSSO-GEORGIAN WAR REVISITED.
25. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Skorkin, The Demise of the Counter-Elite: How Zakharchenko’s Killing Will Change Donbas.
26. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Zakharchenko’s Assassination Won’t Bring Peace to Ukraine . Without consulting the people, neither Kiev nor Moscow will be able to consolidate peace.
27. www.rt.com: Russia will stick to Minsk Accords despite recent murder of Donetsk Republic head – Kremlin.
28. www.rt.com: Ukraine facing labor ‘catastrophe’ as millions of citizens flee country.
29. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Nothing to see here: Ukraine quietly settles ‘Lazarus’ Babchenko case as West’s media loses interest.
30. Russia Beyond: You can now watch Russian hackers at work in a new web series.
31. Facebook: Fred Weir, The propaganda alchemy.
32. www.rt.com: Names of ‘Russian suspects’ in Skripal case published by UK don’t mean anything to us – Moscow.
33. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Open Thread on the New OPCW Report and Any Other Business.
34. The Unz Review: Andrei Martyanov, Russia As a Cat. My Response to Paul Craig Roberts (excerpt)
35. Washington Times: Martin Sieff, Edward Lozansky, James Jatras and Gilbert Doctorow, The Trajan Manifesto.
36. Washington Post: David Ignatius, Working with Russia on cybercrime is like hiring a burglar to protect the family jewels.
37. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, DOUBLE STANDARDS AND THE RULES-BASED ORDER.
38. IndieWire: ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ Review: Werner Herzog Finds a True Hero in this Tender Documentary About the Former Soviet Leader – Telluride. In Mikhail Gorbachev, the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union, Werner Herzog has finally met his match.

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