RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-25 :: Monday, 5 February 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#25
Monday, 5 February 2018
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1. Daily Telegraph (UK): Bedroom hackers bigger threat than Russia, regulator says.
2. Vesti.ru: Snowfall of the Century: Moscow Experiences a Little Ice Age After Three Straight Days of Storm. [Video https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2984263&cid=4441] [See also https://sputniknews.com/russia/201802051061359039-moscow-snow-army/]
3. Business Insider: A typical day in the life of a person living in Moscow – from what they eat for breakfast to how they spend their free time. [Full text with photos http://www.businessinsider.com/typical-day-in-moscow-russia-2018-2]
4. New York Times: To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way.
5. Between Two Worlds: The “Art” of an American Surviving in Small Town Russia: Hal Freeman, VLADIMIR PUTIN: FROM THE KGB TO THE PRESIDENCY.
6. Bear Market Brief: State hopes to reduce its responsibility for medical spending.
7. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, Making The Fake Appear Real.
8. Paul Goble: Russian Society Moving to the Left Rather than to the Right, Kirillova Says.
9. Interfax: Moscow City Court overturns sentence of Navalny foundation’s lawyer due to insufficient evidence.
10. Vesti.ru: Rostov Residents Show Off to President – Region’s Industry Has Historic Legacy; Putin Promises Support. [Video with English subtitles https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=2984310&cid=4441]
11. New Statesman (UK): Ryan Gilbey, Oscar-nominated Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev is the thorn in Putin’s side. The Loveless director combines philosophical ideas with daring political commentary.
12. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, INTERVIEW: IBS at the heart of Russia’s digital transformation.
13. Russia Beyond: Poll: Foreign investors view Russia’s business climate more favorably.
14. www.rt.com: 15 Russians not invited to Olympics despite doping ban repeal.
15. Washington Post: Isabelle Khurshudyan, At Patriots Restaurant in Moscow, a late-night view of the Super Bowl.
16. TASS: UK’s reputation as ‘haven for wealthy’ may begin fading away – Russian business ombudsman.
17. Bear Market Blog: Joseph Webster, The Low Energy Superpower: Russia’s Dim Growth Prospects. [Full text https://bearmarketbrief.com/2018/02/05/the-low-energy-superpower-russias-dim-growth-prospects/]
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Danila Bochkarev, GIVE ENERGY MARKETS A CHANCE: THE STORY BEHIND ‘RUSSIAN’ LNG EXPORTS TO THE US.
19. Interfax: Ryabkov on countering ‘Kremlin list’: response not to be completely mirrored, Russia not to harm itself.
20. TASS: Russian presidential aide sees no ‘scientific’ standoff with other countries.
21. Washington Post: AN ARCTIC SPY MYSTERY. An arrest in Moscow shakes Norway’s far north. (excerpt)
22. TASS: Kommersant: Russia, US to agree on targets for New START Treaty.
23. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Comment by the Information and Press Department on the new US Nuclear Posture Review.
24. Sputnik: ‘Now Is the Moment’: Russia Urges US to Resume Dialogue on Missile Defense.
25. TASS: Kremlin alarmed that terrorists in Syria possess anti-aircraft MANPADS.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Irina Zvyagelskaya, RUSSIA AND ISRAEL: TRUST DESPITE DISAGREEMENTS.
27. Russiafeed.com: THE CHRYSANTHEMUM AND THE BEAR: DIPLOMACY BETWEEN JAPAN AND RUSSIA GATHERING STEAM. With no peace treaty since 1945, relations between the two nations have long been strained, but progress is being made.
28. Fort Russ: Eduard Popov, All Eyes on Biletsky: Ukrainian “Hitler 2.0” has a putsch up his sleeves.
29. Hudson Institute: Richard Gowan, Can the United Nations Unite Ukraine? (excerpt)
30. Sic Semper Tyrannnis: Habakkuk on ‘longtime’ sources: Steele, Shvets, Levinson, Litvinenko and the ‘Billion Dollar Don.’ (excerpt) [Full text: turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2018/02/habakkuk-on-longtime-sources.html#more]
31. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, Did Steele Really Snooker the FBI? The bureau should have known he was talking to the press-but it told the FISA court he wasn’t.
32. Politico.com: Molly McKew, How Twitter Bots and Trump Fans Made #ReleaseTheMemo Go Viral. Russian bots and their American allies gamed social media to put a flawed intelligence document atop the political agenda. That should alarm us.
33. The Hill: Stephen Blank, Lost in memo frenzy, White House passed on punishing Russia for 2016 meddling.
34. Politico.eu: Susan Glasser, How top US diplomat pushed back against Russian hacking. Victoria Nuland recalls the moment ‘the hairs went up on the back of our necks.’
35. Antiwar.com: Justin Raimondo, FISA-Gate: The Plot To Destroy Our Republic. (excerpt) [Full text http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/02/04/fisa-gate-plot-destroy-republic/]
36. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Rampant abuse and possible contempt of Court: full analysis of GOP memorandum. GOP memorandum exposes extraordinary catalogue of due process violations in application for surveillance warrant against Carter Page.
37. Obituary: Donald Barry. [http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?n=donald-barry&pid=188042594]

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