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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#213 :: Friday, 7 December 2018
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0. Vesti: Has Russia Ever NOT Been Under Sanctions? Medvedev Makes the Case for Economic Self-Reliance.
1. In Conversation with Dmitry Medvedev: Interview with five television channels.
2. Awful Avalanche: A Day In The Life Of A Siberian Clinic – Part VI.
3. ‘Respond to accusations or resign’: New ethic rules for United Russia party members.
4. Bear Market Brief: Leonid Volkov on the Future of Russian Opposition.
5. Interfax: Court in Kirov finds ban on Navalny’s international travel unlawful.
6. Average Russian bribetaker is educated and diligent.
7. Russia ready to switch off Visa & Mastercard ahead of tougher US sanctions.
8. Bear Market Brief: Airport Names.
9. The Atlantic: Gabby Deutch, Russia’s Bizarre New Campaign to Define Its National Identity. A Kremlin-backed project to rename the country’s airports after historic Russian heroes tries to answer: What is Russia?
10. Financial Times: The mere thought of Kant stirs Russian nationalism. A proposal to rename the Kaliningrad airport after the philosopher hits opposition.
11. Cunning plan: Poland wants to set up a US military base right next to Russia’s Kaliningrad
12. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 6 DECEMBER 2018.
13. Financial Times: Russia’s global image slips, but seen gaining power.
14. Washington Post: Liz Sly, In the Middle East, Russia is back.
15. Indian Punchline: M. K. Bhadrakumar, If US quits INF Treaty, Europe loses.
16. Moscow Times/Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, INF Is Just Another Unenforceable Treaty. The question is what kind of threat could bring the leaders of this fractured world to start making binding deals again.
17. Wall Street Journal: Looming Demise of U.S.-Russia Nuclear Treaty Threatens to Upend Others. A 1987 missile accord is about to fall apart, threatening the global arms control framework.
18. Bloomberg: Kremlin Sours on Trump After His Repeated Putin Snubs.
19. ‘Church serfdom’: Constantinople won’t hand Kiev independence, new statute reveals.
20. Leonid Ragozin, Wag the dog in Ukraine? What was the Kerch incident really about?
21. AP: Ukraine Says Will Send Naval Ships Through Kerch Strait Soon.
22. IRI poll finds Ukraine’s presidential race remains wide open as all the candidates are unpopular.
23. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov and Michel Duclos, Crimea and Punishment. (re Kerch incident)
24. The American Conservative: Ted Galen Carpenter, Ukraine Doesn’t Deserve America’s Blind Support. The Kerch Strait incident has Westerners once again antagonizing Russia. But the truth is far more complicated.
26. Russia Beyond: Top 10 most popular songs in Russia in 2018.
27. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, Mueller’s Gift to Obama. Shouldn’t the special counsel investigate the crimes that drew Flynn into his probe?
28. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Trump Tower Moscow: doomed by cultural divides? Much is being made about the legality over then-candidate Donald Trump’s attempts to put a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016. But just how close was he to breaking into Moscow’s real estate market?
29. Eurozine: Andrei Tsygankov, American Russophobia in the age of liberal decline.

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