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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#205 :: Friday, 23 November 2018
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1. TASS: Don’t worry be happy: Poll reveals majority of Russians have upbeat outlook.
2. New York Times: James H. Billington, 89, Dies; Led Library of Congress Into Digital Age. [See also washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/james-h-billington-librarian-of-congress-for-expansive-tumultuous-tenure-dies-at-89/2018/11/21/d8829f88-eda9-11e8-8679-934a2b33be52_story.html?utm_term=.cbc42b10b77e]
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, POKING THE BEAR.
4. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Trial by Propaganda. [theblogmire.com/trial-by-propaganda/]
5. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, BBC REVEALS NEW TRUTH-DEFYING EVIDENCE IN SKRIPAL POISON CASE. [johnhelmer.net/bbc-reveals-new-truth-defying-evidence-in-skripal-poison-case/]
6. www.rt.com: UK police release footage of Skripal case suspects Petrov & Boshirov walking about town. [rt.com/news/444684-salisbury-police-releases-video/]
7. www.rt.com: Death of GRU chief sends Western media and pundits into tailspin of conspiracy theories. [rt.com/news/444651-korobov-death-conspiracy-media/]
8. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, The west’s treatment of Russia over the Interpol presidency is dangerous and disingenuous. Alexander Prokopchuk, the Russian candidate for the role, faced opposition that was as late in the process as it was strident – no wonder the Kremlin is angry.
9. TASS: Izvestia: Interpol Inequality – EU, US meddling cost Russian general the election.
11. Paul Goble: Nearly Two-Thirds of Russians Say Putin Responsible for Problems in Their Country, Levada Center Poll Says.
12. Interfax: Dozens leave St. Petersburg’s Yabloko branch over differences with Yavlinsky.
13. The Economist: Baron Sobyanin. Moscow’s mayor squashes competition but transforms his city. Sergei Sobyanin has turned his city around.
14. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia’s Economic Development Ministry overly optimistic for the next 18 years.
15. Russia Beyond: An Italian manager shares what it’s like to work in Russia.
16. www.rt.com: Cargo shipments along Russia’s Arctic sea route reach 15 million tons.
17. www.rt.com: Russia and China ditching dollar for national currencies payment system to avoid sanctions.
18. Interfax: No rapid de-dollarization, national currency settlements pose certain risks – Kudrin.
19. Interfax: WTO modernization among key issues at G20 summit – Russian Sherpa.
20. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 22 NOVEMBER 2018. [patrickarmstrong.ca/2018/11/22/russian-federation-sitrep-22-november-2018/]
21. TASS: Kremlin on updating nuclear doctrine: Putin already listed grounds for use of nukes.
22. TASS: Russia makes no changes to military doctrine over US plans to quit INF Treaty – diplomat.
23. www.rt.com: Senators propose change of doctrine so Russia could respond with nukes to any ‘strategic strike’
24. The Times (UK): Russia rewrites nuclear rule book to fire first.
25. AP: Russia may deploy missiles on allies’ territory: lawmaker.
26. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia offers plan to remove Iranian forces from Syria, Netanyahu says.
27. Russian International Affairs Council” Andrey Kortunov, Russia: the Power Broker in the Middle East? [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/russia-the-power-broker-in-the-middle-east/]
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Similarity of Attitudes Despite Long Distances: What Russia and ASEAN Can Agree on. On November 21-22, 2018, the Valdai Discussion Club held its Ninth Asian Conference. This year the conference was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in partnership with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS Malaysia), one of the leading think tanks of the ASEAN countries. [valdaiclub.com/events/posts/articles/russia-and-asean/]
29. Transitions Online: New Ukrainian Opposition Party Names Presidential Runner. A pro-Russian candidate could present a real challenge to Poroshenko, pundits say, if the squabbling opposition parties join forces.
30. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Skorkin, Losing the Plot – Ukraine’s Opposition Seeks a Strategy. Ukraine’s pro-Russian opposition is targeting next year’s parliamentary elections, not the presidential ones-so is Russia. But they cannot agree among themselves on who their leader should be and what their strategy is.
31. Kyiv Post editorial: Not Europe yet.

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