RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-20 :: Tuesday, 30 January 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#20
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
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1. US includes 210 tycoons, CEOs and officials in ‘Kremlin Report’
2. TASS: Putin makes tongue-in-cheek comment on his absence from US ‘Kremlin List’
3. TASS: Russian PM jokes that cabinet members not on US ‘Kremlin List’ should step down.
4. www,rt,com: Russian PM Medvedev, FM Lavrov & other top figures included in US Treasury’s ‘Kremlin List’
5. Some Russian businssmen made the US blacklist just for being successful.
6. ‘Kremlin list’: Attempt to isolate Putin, or part of US National Security Strategy?
7. Meduza: ‘It’s like the Americans just copied the phonebook’ Russian officials respond to the U.S. government’s new ‘Kremlin list’
8. Moscow Times: Alina Ryzhonkova, For Businesses in Russia, the ‘Kremlin List’ Provides Few Answers.The list could make it impossible for foreign companies to do business in Russia.
9. Interfax: There are enough potential buyers of Russian defense industry products to replace those who may stop buying them due to U.S. actions – Russian MP.
10. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The U.S. List of Russian Oligarchs Is a Disgrace. The Treasury list, copied uncritically from a Forbes Russia list, shows the Trump administration isn’t serious about sanctions.
12. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russian Demographics in 2018. –
13. Bear Market Brief: Putin to stick to a conservative platform. –
14. Veteran liberal Yavlinsky submits supporters’ signatures in Russian presidential race.
15. Moscow Times: Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman on Why Russians Should Boycott the Elections.
16. Greg Walters, Why Putin is probably not worried about Russia’s latest opposition protests.
17. Ilya Budraitskis, Russia’s presidential elections: predictable results with an unpredictable aftermath. This March, Russia goes through the motions of yet another (re)election. Here are the contenders, and a few reasons why their contest may just be worth watching.
18. Reuters: Russia’s Gazprom buoyant over its position in Europe.
19. Russian skater cleared by IOC refuses to go to Olympics without banned teammates.
20. AP: Putin says Russia hopes to turn page on doping at Olympics.
21. TASS: Putin urges restraint against jumping on the ‘world domination bandwagon’
22. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: US envoy hints at dialogue with Russian elite amid sanctions woes.
23. Interfax: Interview with Jon Huntsman: We don’t need a summit today, we need more open doors more immediately.
24. Rethinking Russia: Russia Stands For Open Relations with US, But Not Via Twitter State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has said that he will take a decision about a meeting with Jon Huntsman, US envoy to Russia, only after the American embassy in Moscow has sent an official request to Russia’s Parliament. At the same time, Volodin commented on the issue.
25. Asia Times: Sami Moubayed, Putin’s Sochi conference on Syria looks to be a talking shopMoscow is determined to jumpstart a political process. The absence of most opposition elements makes meaningful progress seem unlikely, however.
26. Off-Guardian: US boasts about interfering in sovereign nations while sanctioning Russia for allegedly doing the same. [Video]
27. Washington Post editorial: From the Czech Republic, a warning for our midterms: The Russians are still meddling. Milos Zeman’s victory raises new red flags about upcoming elections.
28. BBC: Russia ‘will target US mid-term elections’ says CIA chief.
29. Caitlin Johnstone, Russiagate Isn’t About Trump, And It Isn’t Even Ultimately About Russia.
30. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Politics over peace? Critics say Ukraine’s president sidelining Minsk accords. President Poroshenko is set to sign a bill that will redefine the conflict between Kiev and Eastern rebels. But the goal of the legislation seems to be less about ending the fighting and more about winning upcoming elections.
31. Wall Street Journal: Nathan Hodge, When U.S. Troops Battled Bolsheviks. An early example of mission creep, the incursion still irks Russians a century later.
32. Exclusive Interview: Dmitry Peskov – Putin’s Right-Hand Man and Press Secretary. [Video of interview with English subtitles:]

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