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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#165
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

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1. In Moscow’s Shadow: Mark Galeotti, Russia heading for the apocalypse? I think not.
2. Dana Abizaid, Lifting Russia Off Its Knees.
3. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Pensions Protests in Russia. []
4. Interfax: Over 70 administrative protocols filed against parents of minors detained at St. Petersburg rally.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Denis Volkov, Why Putin Is Losing Popular Support.
6. Russia: Runoffs in Four Regional Races Reveal the Kremlin’s Vulnerability.
8. Meduza: New survey from state pollster says Russians’ fears of terrorism are at a record low.
9. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, A Brief History of Russian Religiosity. []
10. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Is Putin Losing His Balance?
11. National Guard commander challenges opposition figure Navalny to hand-to-hand fight. []
12. Sell the dollar, buy the ruble – Russia’s economy ministry suggests.
13. Bloomberg: Aiming at Putin With Sanctions, U.S. May Hit Emerging World.
14. Kenneth Rapoza, Trump’s Energy Secretary Heading To Moscow To Discuss More Energy Sanctions.
15. Unpredictable geopolitical climate makes Russia-China ties more important – Xi Jinping.
16. Asia Times: Andrew Salmon, Putin’s big bang in the Russian Far East. Kremlin blends economics with power projection on Russia’s Pacific rim, its European borders and new Mediterranean front.
17. Asia Times: Giovanni Pigni, The view from Moscow? A powerful signal to the world. Russia’s 300,000-man drills firm relations with China, showcase arms and prove deployability across 7,000 kilometers of geography.
18. Russia Matters: Michael Kofman, Vostok-2018: Russia and China Signal Growing Military Cooperation. []
19. Brookings: Steven Pifer, Want to improve relations with Russia? Here’s a START.
20. The Independent (UK): Robert Fisk, After warnings of mass murder and catastrophe in Idlib, I prowled the front lines for two days. I didn’t find what I’d expected. The only massed forces I came across were vast herds of sheep and, close to Aleppo, a string of camels. War might be coming, but not yet. (excerpt)
21. TASS: Filming of staged chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib begins, Russian top brass says.
22. Moscow Has Upped the Ante in Syria . As Syrian forces backed by Russia launch the final showdown in Syria against jihadist extremists in Idlib province, the potential for a U.S.-Russia confrontation has never been greater, as VIPS warns in this memo to the president.
23. TASS: Kommersant: Russia-US ‘hybrid’ war dons religious face in Ukraine.
24. The American Conservative: Ted Galen Carpenter, Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine. Critics who say Trump is being “soft on Russia” should be paying attention to this. []
25. Awful Avalanche: Zakharchenko Assassination – Part III. [Text with links and other parts:]
26. RUSI: Emily Ferris, Russia Unlikely to Walk Away from Ukraine Agreements, but Tense Times Lie Ahead. []
27. Facebook: Fred Weir, Maria Butina.
28. The Weekly Standard: Reuel Marc Gerecht, Russia’s Hacks. Exaggerating the threat from Moscow.
29. Ben Schreckinger, Tinder woes and snarky bosses: Young and Russian in DC. Washington’s young émigré crowd is beginning to feel like they’re living in a spy novel. And they’re the bad guys.

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