RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-21 :: Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#21
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
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1. TASS: Russia reaches lowest mortality rate in 25 years.
2. TASS: Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russians’ positive expectations growing, pollster reveals.
3. TASS: Media: “Kremlin List” jeopardizes prospects for Russia-US relations, experts note.
5. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Phantom List. – unz.com/akarlin/the-phantom-list/
6. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, DC Think Tanks Fail To Deliver Russian ‘Sanctions’ Smackdown, Market Up. – forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2018/01/30/dc-think-tanks-fail-to-deliver-russian-sanctions-smackdown-market-up/#655249b3340e
7. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, Why The List Matters.
8. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, US announces no new anti Russian sanctions but produces list cobbled together from Kremlin directory and Forbes Russia rich list. – theduran.com/us-versus-russia-washington-publishes-non-sanctions-list/
9. TASS: Peskov chides US unpredictability due to contradictions in ‘Kremlin List’ and sanctions.
10. Bear Market Brief: Mnuchin muddies the waters on new sanctions.
11. Bear Market Blog: Ian Bugbee, CAATSA Me If You Can: Russia has escaped new sanctions–for now. (excerpt) – bearmarketbrief.com/2018/01/31/caatsa-me-if-you-can-russia-has-escaped-new-sanctions-for-now/
12. www.rt.com: US Treasury’s blacklist could provide a huge boost for Russia’s budget.
13. RFE/RL: Investors Take U.S. List Of Russian ‘Oligarchs’ In Stride — For Now.
14. Meduza: Washington added every Russian billionaire to its ‘list of oligarchs.’ Does that make sense? Who are these ‘oligarchs’?
15. Vesti.ru: BEWILDERED AND AMUSED: Liberal Hero Wonders How He Made It on the New US Sanctions List. (Mikhail Fedotov) [Video with English subtitles https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2982448&cid=4441]
16. Vesti.ru: Amusing: Top US and Russian Experts Tear Apart the New Round of Anti-Kremlin Sanctions. [Video with English subtitles https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2982457&cid=4441]
17. http://usforeignpolicy.blogs.lalibre.be: Gilbert Doctorow, US policy on Russia: is the US Administration or Congress calling the shots? And where are sanctions leading?
18. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Is running against Putin pointless? Why some candidates say no. There is no doubt that Vladimir Putin will win a fourth term in Russia’s presidential election on March 18. But despite the Kremlin’s orchestration of the proceedings, the race provides also-rans with opportunities to shape Russia’s path.
19. Financial Times: Putin sets out election pitch in campaign short of competition. Russian president tries to inject energy into vote he is all but guaranteed to win.
20. AP: Russia’s Communist Nominee for President Shuns Party Dogma.
21. www.rt.com: Sobchak submits supporters’ signatures to Central Election Commission as deadline nears.
22. Interfax: Increase in number of minors taking part in unauthorized rallies is problem – human rights council.
23. www.rt.com: Putin warns of dangers caused by internet anonymity, urges protection from ‘destructive forces’
24. Interfax: Putin warns against further politicization of global sports.
25. Awful Avalanche: Activists Test Status Of Same-Sex Marriage In Russia – Part IV.
26. Moscow Times; Jonathan Brown, Can Russia Sustain Its Foreign Policy Power Plays in 2018?
27. Wall Street Journal: Russia Returns to U.S.’s Backyard. Moscow steadily rebuilds ties in Caribbean and Latin America; ‘an attempt to challenge U.S. leadership’
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Vitaly Naumkin, SYRIAN NATIONAL DIALOGUE CONGRESS AS A UNIQUE EVENT OF RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPING,
29. TASS: Izvestia: Sochi congress becomes springboard for Syria.
30. www.rt.com: Praise & heckling as Russian FM speaks at Syrian National Congress in Sochi (VIDEO) [Video here https://www.rt.com/news/417436-lavrov-interrupted-sochi-talks/]
31. Off-Guardian: If you know anyone who still thinks the White Helmets are “heroes” – show them this 7m video. [Video here https://off-guardian.org/2018/01/27/if-you-know-anyone-who-still-think-the-white-helmets-are-heroes-show-them-this-7m-video/]
32. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Miller, VALDAI PAPER #81: THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION OF 1917: HISTORY, MEMORY, AND POLITICS. [English text of paper here: http://valdaiclub.com/files/16936/]
33. RFE/RL: In Ukraine, Ultranationalist Militia Strikes Fear In Some Quarters.
34. Kennan Institute: Matthew Rojansky and Mikhail Minakov, Kennan Cable No. 30: Democracy in Ukraine: Are We There Yet? (excerpt)
35. New York Times editorial: Trump Gives Putin a Pass for Trashing American Democracy.
36. The Register (UK): Kremlin social media trolls aren’t actually that influential, study finds.
[Text with links and graphics https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/30/russian_troll_influence/]
37. Gizmodo.com: Facebook Users Cry ‘Censorship’ After Being Told Which Russian Troll Pages They Liked.
38. Medium.com: Kim Holleman, If You Believe in Russian Collusion, Why Can’t You Explain it? Why can’t you explain this super-serious thing which you are 100% certain happened?
39. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Russiagate scandal approaches its implosion point. Publication of GOP memorandum on surveillance abuses by Obama’s Justice Department threatens to blow lid off the scandal. [Text with links http://theduran.com/russiagate-scandal-approaches-its-implosion-point/]