RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-4 :: Friday, 5 January 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#4
Friday, 5 January 2018
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1. Vedomosti: Russian analysts explore population’s attitude to reform.
2. Paul Goble: Russians Today Lack the ‘Ironic’ – and Critical — Attitude toward the State of Their Soviet Ancestors, Zhelenin Says.
3. Maria Dubovikova, Security a major concern for Russia in 2018.
4. Interfax: Activists in Russia’s Far East start collecting signatures to support self-nominee candidate Putin.
5. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 4 JANUARY 2018.
6. Financial Times: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina talks prison and protest. (“Maria Alyokhina is the closest thing modern-day Russia has to a rock star”)
7. Major Russian bank will no longer service defense industry over US sanctions fears.
8. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin’s Goals in Syria Went Beyond Saving Assad. A Russian general’s post-mortem reveals that the conflict was used to test weapons and gain combat experience.
9. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrei Lankov, 2017 – THE YEAR OF UNEXPECTED SUCCESSES FOR NORTH KOREA.
10. Bryan MacDonald, Wall Street Journal needs a new Moscow bureau chief – only opponents of Russia need apply.
11. Wall Street Journal: Bureau Chief, Moscow in MOSCOW, Russia. Job Description.
12. “60 Minutes” asks Russian network’s editor-in-chief if it backed Trump.
13. Interfax-Ukraine: Saakashvili intends to continue fighting corruption, oligarchs in Ukraine, Georgia.
14. Michael Carpenter, Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption. Domestic reforms are just as important as defending against Russian aggression.
15. See these artistic relics of the Soviet era in Kyiv before they disappear forever.
16. Ukraine planned to blow up ‘Russian gas pipe’ on state level – deputy minister.
17. Ukraine’s future Nazi leader? (Andriy Biletsky, the commander of the Azov Battalion)
19. Alexander Mercouris, Beginning of the end for Mueller? Paul Manafort’s civil suit. Manafort’s application for Judicial Review pinpoints how Mueller’s probe is running amok.
20. Washington Post: What we’ve learned about Trump’s campaign and Russia since Trump first denied collusion.
21. New York Times: Obstruction Inquiry Shows Trump’s Struggle to Keep Grip on Russia Investigation.
22. Wall Street Journal: House Panel Awaits FBI Files, Banking Records on Firm Behind Russia Dossier.
23. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, The Democrats’ ‘Russian Descent.’ Tactics in the Trump probe are starting to look a lot like McCarthyism.

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