RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-23 :: Friday, 2 February 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#23
Friday, 2 February 2018
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1. TASS: Russia’s answer to Groundhog Day: Yekaterinburg hedgehog predicts early spring.
2. Russia Beyond: The Russian hate list: Who is truly disliked in the country and why.
3. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Highs and Lows: Russia’s Foreign Policy at the start of 2018.
4. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Russia’s “Ivanov” consumers are becoming more optimistic about their future says Sberbank survey. [Text with charts http://www.intellinews.com/russia-s-ivanov-consumers-are-becoming-more-optimistic-about-their-future-says-sberbank-survey-136112/?source=russia]
5. Kremlin.ru: State Council Presidium meeting on developing Russian regions’ industrial capacity.
6. TASS: Kremlin spokesman apologizes for electioneering statement in Putin’s favor.
7. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian pundits view reasons for ‘lenient’ treatment of Navalny.
8. Novaya Gazeta: Russian analyst says Navalny, authorities prepared to ‘play long game.’ (Kirill Martynov)
9. AP Interview: Ksenia Sobchak makes Russian election glitter.
10. www.rt.com: Sobchak lashes out at RT over ‘illegal’ reminder of her unethical behavior.
11. www.rt.com: Ex-governor Belykh sentenced to 8 years for large-scale bribery.
12. Interfax: Belykh case reveals flaw of Russian law enforcement: lack of mercy for the ill – Kudrin.
13. New York Review of Books: Ruth May, Putin: From Oligarch to Kleptocrat.
14. The Economist: Orthodox business. Vladimir Putin embraces the Russian church. But is it getting too close to the Kremlin?
15. Morningstar (UK): Why Now is the Time to Invest in Russia . Russia is being tipped for a recovery, after a poor 2017. The stocks are cheap and the fundamentals are compelling, according the investment professionals.
16. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, FIRST OLIGARCH SANCTIONS TEST – DMITRY PUMPYANSKY TAKES NEW YORK PLUNGE, HOLDING HANDS WITH ANATOLY CHUBAIS. [Full text http://johnhelmer.net/first-oligarch-sanctions-test-dmitry-pumpyansky-takes-new-york-plunge-holding-hands-with-anatoly-chubais/]
17. Vedomosti: Russian daily says ‘Putin list’ looks ‘superficial’
s18. Izvestia: Pundit says effect of Putin list may be opposite of what is expected. (Kirill Koktysh)
19. Bloomberg: Russian Debt Market May Be Too Big to Sanction, Treasury Warns.
20. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Russia’s Olympians win case against International Olympic Committee. Court of Arbitration for Sport lifts IOC imposed lifetime bans on Olympic participation by 28 clean Russian athletes. [Text with links http://theduran.com/russia-olympians-win-case-international-olympic-committee/]
21. www.rt.com: Victory of reason: Olympic ban reversal shows how inept the ‘Russian doping’ saga is.
22. Reuters: U.S., Russia likely to meet nuclear treaty obligations by Feb. 5: State Department.
23. Sputnik: Russia Calls on US to Resolve Military Flight Safety Issues Through Talks.
24. Le Monde diplomatique: Serge Halimi, Useful idiots of the Pentagon.
25. Washington Post: Andrew Bowen, The U.S. will send antitank weaponry to Ukraine. Here are 4 big questions.
26. Mother Jones: David Corn, While You Are Tweeting About the Nunes Memo, Russia Is Plotting Its Midterms Attack. The point is distraction. And it’s working dangerously well.
27. Russia Matters: David Szakonyi, Why Did the Trump Administration Pass the Buck on Sanctioning Russia? (excerpt)
28. TASS: Kommersant: Mexican election ‘interference’ accusations hurled at Russia.
29. New York Times editorial: The Republican Plot Against the F.B.I.
30. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, Memo Reading for Nonpartisans. Ignore the spin. When the document goes public, here’s what to look for.
31. Buchanan.org: Patrick Buchanan, A Never-Trump Press in Near Panic.
32. Vesti.ru: “Trump is Our Man” Conclude Top Journalists and Politicians After Visit of Russian “Spymaster” to DC. [Video with English subtitles https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2983372&cid=4441]

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