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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#192 :: Thursday, 1 November 2018
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1. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Mapping Global Strategic Stability in the Twenty-First Century. The U.S.-Russia strategic relationship-the only one to have featured strategic arms control-is no longer central to global strategic stability. While Sino-American relations are not nearly as dominant in terms of the rest of the world as U.S.-Soviet relations were during the Cold War. Thus twentieth-century methods of dealing with the issue of strategic stability, such as arms control, are i
2. TASS: Putin blasts Russophobia, ‘crude nationalism’, overseas meddling in Orthodox religion.
3. Russia falls short of Putin’s top 20 Doing Business goal.
4. TASS: Russia climbed to 31st place in Doing Business-2019 rating.
5. Financial Times: Russia’s Sberbank profits rise defying fears of US sanctions. Ordinary Russians continue to trust the state bank despite the negative gepolitical headwinds.
6. TASS: Vedomosti: Russian government, oil companies agree to rein in gasoline prices.
7. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Putin Adopts My Suggestions on National Policy.[]
8. Ben Aris, Attitudes to religion and minorities in Eastern Europe remain largely unreformed after 25 years of democracy.
9. Stephan Rabimov, The Moscow Seven: Meet Russia’s Future Fashion Stars.
10. Sputnik: How Russia’s Greater Eurasia Plan May Spell the End of EU-Centric Model.
11. Can Russia Relieve The Iranian Oil Crisis?
12. TASS: Moscow highlights crucial role of INF treaty for security in Europe at NATO-Russia Council.
13. Tit for tat: America mulls INF treaty dropout, Russia should ask Alaska back – expert.
14. Moscow Times; Igor Ivanov, After Ditching the INF Treaty, the U.S. Risks Further Isolation. Russia should identify a global coalition of countries concerned by this new world order.
15. Trump’s plans to scrap a nuclear pact with Russia could heighten tensions in Asia.
16. Russian International Affairs Council: Alexander Yermakov, The INF Treaty: from Crisis to Agony. []
17. Mikhail Khodarenok, Nuclear war: Hypothetical scenario & Russia’s strike options.
18. TASS: Kommersant: International mediators intensify pursuit for Nagorno-Karabakh solution.
19. White House anti-doping summit signals who’s pulling the strings in campaign against Russia. []
20. Tensions aside: US to take delivery of 4 rocket engines from Russia.
21. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Who’s Really ‘Undermining’ American Democracy? Allegations that Russia is still “attacking” US elections, now again in November, could delegitimize our democratic institutions.
22. Daily Beast: Americans Are Easy Marks for Russian Trolls, According to New Data. A Daily Beast analysis of Twitter data shows the Kremlin troll farm’s English-language propaganda is nine times more effective than its disinformation in Russian. (excerpt)
23. Moscow Times: Lincoln Mitchell and Tinatin Japaridze, The U.S. Midterms: What’s at Stake for the Kremlin? Washington’s approach to Vladimir Putin could radically shift if Democrats make gains.
24. TASS: Russia introduces countermeasures against 322 Ukrainian citizens and 68 companies.
25. TASS: Kremlin says aim of Russian sanctions is to make Ukraine willing to improve relations.
26. Reuters: Traitors or Russian Agents? Clergy Caught in Ukraine Church Row.
27. Carnegie Europe: Thomas de Waal, A Church Conflict Brews in Ukraine. President Poroshenko hopes to win votes from the issue of church autonomy. But it is a risky strategy, and some commentators are warning about potential violence.
28. Washington Post: Robert Person and Aaron Brantly, The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is trying to withdraw from Moscow’s control. The Kremlin is not happy.
30. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Massacre.

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