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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#208 :: Wednesday, 28 November 2018
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1. Kremlin.ru: Meeting of Council for Science and Education.
2. TASS: Putin says not going to leave presidential office yet.
3. Bear Market Brief: Kudrin renews push for tough policy talk.
4. Interfax: Ukrainian ships didn’t respond to Russia’s inquiries, entered waters that were Russia’s before Crimea joined – Putin.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Containing the Kerch Crisis.
6. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, Russia and Ukraine: Four Scenarios for the Future. [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/russia-and-ukraine-four-scenarios-for-the-future/]
7. www.rt.com: ‘Kiev would get away even with eating babies’: Putin says Kerch Strait standoff is a provocation. [rt.com/news/445050-putin-kerch-strait-provocation/]
8. The National Interest: Nikolas Govsdev, Why Putin Is Pressuring Ukraine. The United States needs to decide how much of a threat Moscow’s regional revision is to U.S. interests.
9. The Nation: Nicolai Petro, Ukraine’s Pinochet Scenario. Did President Poroshenko use a clash with Russia to try to shut down internal opposition?
10. The Independent (UK): Oliver Carroll, Through confusion and panic, Ukraine digests what martial law will mean. Increased security around ports and stations already being reported, but consequences for ordinary Ukrainians are unclear.
11. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Martial Law Won’t Help Ukraine’s President. Petro Poroshenko has managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory ahead of an election that polls suggest he will lose.
12. Reuters: Threat of new Russia sanctions forces foreign investor rethink.
13. Interfax: Putin: we do not have goal of moving away from dollar, it is moving away from us itself.
14. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin Is Throwing His Weight Behind the Euro. Even as Russia steadily cuts holdings of U.S. assets, it’s planning to sell bonds denominated in the EU currency.
15. TASS: One in five top managers in Russia agree sanctions positive for business, poll says.
16. Vedomosti: Andrei Kolesnikov, Where Militaristic Infantilism Leads. Society’s Losing Its Fear of War Is More Dangerous Than What Happens in the Absence of an Anti-War Movement. [vedomosti.ru/opinion/columns/2018/11/28/787699-kuda-vedet-militaristskii-infantilizm]
17. Intellinews.com: Nikita Stepanov, Who benefits from Russia-Ukraine naval skirmish?
18. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Drama in the Kerch Strait: teasing the Russian bear. The West is complaining about Russian ‘aggression’ but the incident looks more like a cheap ploy by a desperate Ukrainian president and US conservatives keen to undermine Trump’s next pow-wow with Putin.
19. www.rt.com: Finian Cunningham, US, Europe & NATO risk all-out war by backing unhinged Kiev regime. [rt.com/op-ed/444997-nato-war-ukraine-azov-ships/]
20. The National Interest: Doug Bandow, Ukraine Should Not Be a Member of NATO. Washington should stop adding to the Alliance new members who are security liabilities.
21. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Plans to Leave Russian Nuclear Deal, but Is Still Consulting Allies, Official Says. Coats to brief NATO colleagues at Brussels meeting this week on ‘threat’ from Moscow and how to respond.
22. Carnegie Moscow Center: DMITRI TRENIN, ALEXANDER GABUEV, and ALEXANDER BAUNOV, What Does the Kremlin Want Out of Putin and Trump’s Meeting?
23. Russian International Affairs Council: William Hill on Russia – West Crisis: It Is Nobody’s Fault, It Is Everybody’s Fault. [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/interview/william-hill-on-russia-west-crisis-it-is-nobody-s-fault-it-is-everybody-s-fault/]
24. http://theduran.com: Russian South Stream 2.0 Comes Out Of The Shadows. Even in 2021, before South Stream comes fully on stream, Russian gas transit via Ukraine can fall to below 10bcm per annum. [theduran.com/russian-south-stream-2-0-comes-out-of-the-shadows/]
25. Asia Times: Nile Bowie, As US-China tussle and joust, Russia moves on SEAsia. From trade deals to arms sales to nuclear cooperation, Moscow is making its case as a third force competitor in the strategic region.
26. AP: Georgians Set to Vote in Hotly Contested Presidential Runoff.
27. www.rt.com: Ex-ambassador McFaul sees no evidence that Ukraine’s govt. supports neo-Nazis. [rt.com/news/445039-mcfaul-ukraine-nazis-denial/]
28. Awful Avalanche: The Myth of the Ukrainian Holodomor – Part IV. [awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2018/11/28/the-myth-of-the-ukrainian-holodomor-part-iv/]
29. www.craigmurray.org.uk: Craig Murray, Assange Never Met Manafort. Luke Harding and the Guardian Publish Still More Blatant MI6 Lies [craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/11/assange-never-met-manafort-luke-harding-and-the-guardian-publish-still-more-blatant-mi6-lies/]
30. Wired: Inside the British Army’s secret information warfare machine. They are soldiers, but the 77th Brigade edit videos, record podcasts and write viral posts. Welcome to the age of information warfare.

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