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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#180
Tuesday, 16 October 2018

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1. Russia Matters: Paul Saunders, Skepticism About US Intentions and Other Enduring Consequences of Russia’s 1993 Crisis.
2. Sputnik: Both Sides Were Shooting Crazily’: Canadian Journo Recalls Russia’s 1993 Crisis. (Fred Weir) []
3. Russia Reviewed: Some grime off the lens. (re Inside Russian Politics by Edwin Bacon)
4. Moscow Times: Majority of Russians Favor China, Dislike U.S. – Poll.
5. Moscow Times: More Ukrainians Hold Positive Views of Russia Than Negative, Poll Says.
6. US repeatedly rejected Russian offer of mutual non-interventionism pact – diplomat.
6. US repeatedly rejected Russian offer of mutual non-interventionism pact – diplomat.
7. Paul Goble: Russians Will Suffer in Five Serious Ways from Global Warming, Kuvaldin Says.
8. TASS: Putin comments on state of Russia’s economy.
9. Russian economy stable thanks to soaring foreign reserves – Putin.
10. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Sanctions Give Russian Economy an Unintended Boost. For months, rising dollar-denominated oil prices, falling ruble have worked in Moscow’s benefit.
11. Financial Times: Corporate Russia feels insulated from sanctions. Companies restructure and pivot away from western finance to soften impact
12. Ben Aris, Russia Inc is more profitable than in 2008 and heading for a record-breaking current account surplus.
13. Forbes: Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Whole Economy Is Based On Worst-Case Scenarios.
14. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: World Bank promises Russia radiant digital future.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Global investors plan to pour $40 bln into the Russian economy.
16. Medvedev: Investment in Russia Has Recovered, Improved Even – Economy Growing Despite Sanctions.
17. Bear Market Brief: Medvedev meeting with foreign investors.
18. TASS: Russia will not close itself off from global market – Medvedev.
19. Russia hammering out secret plan to rid economy of US dollar.
20. Carnegie Moscow Center: Gleb Kuznetsov, Chavismo, Russian Style: The Winners of Russia’s Regional Elections. The opposition victors in Russian regional elections were not anti-establishment liberals but traditionalists and paternalists, unhappy with the Kremlin’s modernization agenda.
22. Bear Market Brief: Russians seem readier for change.
23. Bloomberg; Leonid Bershidsky, Putin’s Tough-Guy Act Is Getting Old. Russians want economic fairness, not a strong guiding hand, research shows.
24. RFE/RL: ‘They’ve Stolen Everything’: In Russia’s Far East, Dreams Deferred Amid Grim Mood Over Pension Reform.
25. Moscow Times: Acceptance of Corruption Has Grown in Russia Under Putin, Report Suggests.
26. Bear Market Brief: Kudrin inserts himself into foreign policy debate.
28. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, CONSERVATISM AND RUSSIAN IR THEORY.
29. TASS: Deterioration of US-Russia relations negatively affects international security – diplomat.
30. Russia Matters: Timothy Colton on Russia: Insights and Recommendations. (excerpt)
31. Wall Street Journal: Extremists Hold Out in Syria as Russia Tries to Avoid More Fighting. An extremist group fails to abide by a diplomatic deal between Moscow and Ankara to demilitarize rebel-held Idlib.
32. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Assad’s potential mop-up operation in Idlib looms over terrorists.
33. Russia in Global Affairs: Grigory Lukyanov and Ruslan Mamedov, Russia and Turkey: Approaches to Regional Security in the Middle East. (excerpt) []
34. Asia Times: Abhishek Mohanty, ‘America First’ rhetoric brings India, Russia closer.
35. Washington Post: The Kremlin’s comeback. Thirty years after the Soviet Union’s humiliating defeat in Afghanistan, Moscow wants back in.
36. Ukrainian Orthodox church wins approval to break away from the Moscow Church.
37. TASS: Media: Russian Church breaks ties with Constantinople over Ukraine crisis.
38. Meduza: The Russian Orthodox Church has broken ties with Orthodoxy’s leader. Here’s what that’s all about.
40. TASS: Ukrainian experts warn of disastrous consequences of church autocephaly.
41. IMF ranks Ukraine as Europe’s poorest country.
42. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, 31 Steps for the Ukraine. (excerpt) []
43. Denys Gorach, Entrepreneurs of political violence: the varied interests and strategies of the far-right in Ukraine. For Ukraine’s far right, violence has become a source of influence and power. (excerpt)
44. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Lady Justice Sits Down With a Stiff Drink to Consider Her Next Career Move. (re Bellingcat) []

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