RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-30 :: Monday, 12 February 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#30
Monday, 12 February 2018
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1. New York Times: What Ban? Patriotic Fervor Grips Russia’s Celebration House in South Korea.
2. Interfax: Russians expect athletes’ success in Olympic Games – poll.
3. Reuters: On paper, Russia’s Olympic podium chances strong despite ban.
4. Wall Street Journal: You Can’t Call Them ‘Russia,’ but You Can Call Them Stylish. The fashion statement of the Olympics may be the spartan wardrobe of the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
5. Awful Avalanche: Bad Behavior And Mean Girls At the Winter Olympics.
6. More than 20 Olympic nations are benefiting from doping, says WADA informant Rodchenkov.
7. TASS: Izvestia: Russians still negative towards western countries, survey says.
8. Sputnik: Moscow Ready to Seek Ways to Improve Relations With US on Basis of Equality.
9. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian pundit mulls falling birth rate’s causes, implications. (Leonid Radzikhovskiy)
10. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Elections 2018: The Political Compass.
11. Communist candidate Grudinin proposes restrictions on presidential term.
12. Siberian city cold to Vladimir Putin’s re-election campaign. (Novosibirsk)
13. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, New Role for United Russia. United Russia’s new leader, Andrei Turchak, is asserting the independence of the pro-presidential party as a distinct force in domestic politics. As the ruling regime’s power vertical begins to fragment, United Russia will now seek to take credit for its own contribution to Vladimir Putin’s victory.
14. Financial Times: Lilia Shevtsova, Russia’s system of power defies any rational explanation. Its citizens have yet to conclude that autocracy is worse than their fear of chaos.
15. Paul Goble: Putin’s Cruelty Product of His Extremely Unhappy and Carefully Concealed Childhood, New Biographer Says.
16 TASS: The age of apps: Nearly half of Russia’s youth stuck on social media every day.
17. Bear Market Brief: With inflation beaten, CBR turns toward boosting growth.
18. Fort Russ: “Nobody will baby Russia” – Putin on global business competition.
19. Vedomosti: Household Debt of Russians Exceeds Twelve Trillion Rubles. Half of This Amount Was Borrowed Over the Last Year.
20. Interfax: Russian parliament moves to extend capital amnesty.
21. Russia’s top bank reports record capital inflow before US published ‘Kremlin List’
22. AP: Dutch Foreign Minister Admits Lying About Meeting With Putin.
23. Alexander Mercouris, Vladimir Putin warns Netanyahu over Syria. Russian President warns Israeli leader against ‘steps that could lead to a new round of confrontation’
24. The Cairo Review of Global Affairs: Bruno Maçães, Russia’s New Energy Gamble. Russia aims to position itself as a leader among energy-producing equals in Eurasia. Since 2015, Russia has sought to play a more active role in the Middle East, setting its sights on the region’s energy resources to achieve this strategic goal.
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, THE INDIA-CHINA RIVALRY AND RUSSIA’S INTERESTS.
26. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: THE LONG HANGOVER. (re Shaun Walker’s The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past)
27. NYU Jordan Center: The Long Hangover – Putin’s Russia and the Ghosts of the Past. (talk by Shaun Walker)
28. Kateryna Botanova, Ukraine’s blacklists in defence of democracy and national security are doing it no favours. Fresh bans on Russian and Ukrainian cultural production are signs that Ukraine could be losing its hard-won freedom.
29. TASS: Three years of Minsk Agreements on Ukraine fail to produce significant results – expert.
30. Awful Avalanche: Ukraine is Re-integrating its economy with the “Aggressor” nation – Part I.
31. Awful Avalanche: Ukraine is Re-integrating its economy with the “Aggressor” nation – Part II.
32. Wall Street Journal editorial: Release the FISA Documents. The public deserves to see the full record on the FBI wiretap request.
33. Wall Street Journal Byron Tau, GOP Focuses on Russia Allegations That Reached Steele. Notes by freelance journalist Cody Shearer got to writer of dossier via Clinton associate.
34. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, The FBI Was Desperate for Somebody to Spy On. The Steele dossier served up an improbable tale about Carter Page, but it would have to do.
35. New York Post: F.H. Buckley, In the Russia probe, what if no one is guilty?
36. The Hill: Sharyl Attkisson, Democratic ties to Russia are ample, and often ethically dubious.
37. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, Why Democrats Are Obsessed with Russia.
38. The Nation: Aaron Mate, What We’ve Learned in Year 1 of Russiagate. The relentless pursuit of this narrative above all else has had dangerous consequences.
39. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview for the show Main Actors with Nailya Asker-Zade on Rossiya 1 Moscow, February 11, 2018.

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