RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-168 :: Friday, 14 September 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#168
Friday, 14 September 2018

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1. The Conversation: Susan Landau, Why the Russians might hack the Boy Scouts next. Civic groups like the Boy Scouts are likely under attack by Russian agents – and likely don’t know it.
2. Russia Beyond: Daniel Chalyan, OPINION: Stop hyping ‘post-Soviet’ culture, ok? [rbth.com/lifestyle/329124-soviet-russia-east-fashion-culture]
3. AP: Young Russians Taking the Lead in Anti-Putin Protests.
4. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Depoliticization in Russia: The Growth of the Protest Vote.
5. www.rt.com: Russia learned most from 2008 financial crisis – European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
6. Sputnik: IMF Reveals Actual Data on Russia’s GDP Growth Projection.
7. Wall Street Journal: Russia Raises Interest Rates to Boost Ruble. Move comes amid investor concerns about emerging-market economies.
8. Wall Street Journal: Washington’s Sanctions Push Sinks Russian Bonds. Prices could fall further as Congress moves forward legislation that would ban investors from buying newly issued Russian government debt.
9. www.rt.com: Russia warns US against using energy as ‘tool of pressure’ on Europe.
10. TASS: Kommersant: Russian-US energy talks nothing more than ‘Potemkin Village’
11. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 13 SEPTEMBER 2018. [patrickarmstrong.ca/2018/09/13/russian-federation-sitrep-13-september-2018/]
12. TASS: US political struggle hinders positive Russia-US agenda – ambassador.
13. TASS: Gorbachev pens new book urging West to end attempts to isolate Russia.
14. Interfax: Moscow, Damascus acting in Idlib only in response to terrorists’ sorties – Lavrov.
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Nikolay Murashkin, PEACE TREATY BETWEEN RUSSIA AND JAPAN: WHO BENEFITS? [valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/peace-treaty-between-russia-and-japan-who-benefits/]
16. The Economist: Brother enemy. The realities of life in Russia’s far east. So close to China, so far from making use of that fact.
17. https://gilbertdoctorow.com: Gilbert Doctorow, Eastern Economic Forum, Vladivostok: focus on Japan. [gilbertdoctorow.com/2018/09/14/eastern-economic-forum-vladivostok-focus-on-japan/]
18. CNBC.com: ‘Serious’ rivalry still drives China-Russia relations despite improving ties.
19. The Atlantic: Anja Manuel, It’s Not Too Late to Prevent a Russia-China Axis. Here’s how the U.S. can avoid driving the two countries together.
20. Moscow Times: U.S. Tells Russia it Could Avoid Novichok Sanctions in Exchange for Chemical Inspections.
21. RFE/RL: Kremlin Says it Would Consider British Request Over Skripal Poisoning Suspects.
22. TASS: Media: Skripal case ‘suspects’ offer too few details.
23. www.craigmurray.org.uk: Craig Murray, The Strange Russian Alibi.[craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/09/the-strange-russian-alibi/]
24. www.craigmurray.org.uk: Craig Murray, Lynch Mob Mentality.[craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/09/lynch-mob-mentality/]
25. Sputnik: 5 Things We’ve Learned From Interview With Skripal Poisoning “Suspects”
26. Facebook: Anastasia Kozulin, Skripal case.
27. Washington Post: Anne Applebaum, Once Again Putin gives us a lesson on the usefulness of the blatant lie.
28. www.rt.com: ‘UK cornered itself claiming Petrov & Boshirov were perpetrators’ – analysts on Skripal poisoning. [rt.com/news/438434-salisbury-suspects-interview-analysts/]
29. The Bell: What’s behind Moscow’s strange parading of the alleged Skripal poisoners?
30. www.rt.com: Petrov & Boshirov mocked on Twitter, but Salisbury’s self-esteem the biggest victim. [rt.com/uk/438393-petrov-boshirov-skripal-simonyan/]
31. New York Times: U.S. Spies Rush to Protect Defectors After Skripal Poisoning.
32. The Nation: Aaron Mate, The Mueller Investigation Is Sending People to Jail-but Not for Collusion. The belief that George Papadopoulos, Michael Cohen, and Paul Manafort would turn over evidence of collusion with Russia got ahead of reality.
33. AP: Russian Orthodox Church Debates Strategy on Ukraine.
34. www.strategic-culture.org: Alex Gorka, US Encouraging the Division of Ukraine along Religious Lines. [strategic-culture.org/news/2018/09/14/us-encouraging-the-division-of-ukraine-along-religious-lines.html]
35. RFE/RL: More Lethal Weaponry Possible For Ukraine, U.S. Envoy Tells RFE/RL.
36. Interfax: Only 12% of Ukrainians are ready to take part in protests, number of those ready to go to Maidan is twice as low – poll.
37. Washington Post: Russia is advancing on Ukraine again – and Ukraine isn’t going quietly. President Petro Poroshenko tells the Post how he wants the war to end.
38. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Threats to freedom: Facebook’s Atlantic Council censors are more interested in tanks than thinking. [rt.com/news/438379-facebooks-atlantic-council-nato/]
39. Wired: Emily Dreyfuss, ‘THE AMERICANS’ TRUE GIFT? LOOKING INSIDE THE MIND OF VLADIMIR PUTIN.

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