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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#41
Monday, 5 March 2018
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1. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrei Kortunov, Putin’s State of the Union: Russia Can No Longer Take the US Goodwill and Commitment for Granted.
2. We need facts, not ‘yelling and hollering,’ Putin says of ‘meddling’ indictment against 13 Russians.
3. TASS: Putin confesses he would like to prevent USSR breakup if he could.
4. Washington Post: Adam Taylor, Putin says he wishes the Soviet Union had not collapsed. Many Russians agree.
5. Reuters: Anti-Putin protests after election could get violent, opposition warns.
6. Paul Goble: Russians Increasingly Blasé about Major Corruption Cases But Infuriated by Local Ones.
7. Truth and Justice forum of regional and local media.
8. Washington Post editorial: Putin feels vulnerable with an election looming. Russians are seeing threats and bluster on the eve of a staged reelection.
9. Sputnik: ‘The First Stage is Always Anger’ – Expert Details Reaction to Putin’s Speech. (Gevorg Mirzayan)
10. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Putin’s ‘Missile Speech’: Butter, Guns, and Security Discourse.
11. Gilbert Doctorow, Vladimir Putin’s Electoral Manifesto: Speech to the Federal Assembly, 1 March 2018.
12. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, AS CRAZY AS A FOX. As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University? (Blackadder)
14. Bear Market Brief: 2018 performance, so far: not too shabby.
15. Vladislav Surkov: A Valentine Card in Scarlet.
16. Russian Life: Russia’s Woman Question. (interview with Maria Zakharova)
17. Foreign sponsors boost funding of Russia’s opposition, upper house commission claims.
18. Interfax: U.S. sanctions aimed at destabilizing situation in Russia – Ryabkov.
19. Interfax: External funding of foreign NGOs in Russia grows to 7.1 bln rubles within less than year, while their number reduces by 10% – report.
20. Russia ready to be cut off from internet with its own web.
21. Cable Magazine (Scotland): Angus Roxburgh, Book review. Shaun Walker, The Long Hangover: Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.
22. Alexander Mercouris, The Russian Olympic Doping Scandal: The End of the Affair? Reinstatement of Russian Olympic Committee is an attempt to draw a line under the scandal
23. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Alastair Crooke, Will the War Clouds Pass Us By, Or Will the Storm Break?
24. Bryan MacDonald, US-Russia agenda now contains just one issue: the prevention of war
25. The National Interest: Paul Pillar, Unipolar Strategy in a Multipolar World.
26. Alexander Mercouris, Aftershocks from Putin’s State of the Nation address: Russia, China, the US and the return of the ‘balance of power.’ Putin’s speech shows that the Russians consider the restoration of geostrategic parity and of the military balance of power as the key to preserving peace.
27. New York Times: A Russian Threat on Two Fronts Meets an American Strategic Void.
28. Washington Post: James Cameron, Putin just bragged about Russia’s nuclear weapons. Here’s the real story.
29. The Unz Review: Andrei Martyanov, The Implications of Russia’s New Weapon Systems. []
30. Ray McGovern, Putin Claims Strategic Parity, Respect. Vladimir Putin’s announcement of new weapons systems to achieve nuclear parity was the result of the erosion of arms control regimes, such as the ill-advised U.S. withdrawal from the ABM treaty in 2002.
31. The National Interest: Eric Gomez, Why Putin Is Obsessed with America’s Missile Defense.
32. Russian International Affairs Council: Ekaterina Konovalova, MAD’s Midlife Crisis: The Impact of US-Russia Rivalry on International Arms Control.
33. Financial Times: Charles Clover, China and Russia: The new rapprochement, by Alexander Lukin. An analysis of the Moscow-Beijing political project and where it is headed
34. TASS: Izvestia: Moscow ready to mediate peace talks between US, Kabul and Taliban.
35. Valdai Discussion Club: Olga Kulkova, ADVANCING RUSSIA’S INTERESTS IN AFRICA.
36. Ben Aris, Ukraine maintains gas transit to Europe despite new gas war with Russia.
37. TASS: Vedomosti: Gazprom’s ultimatum on Ukraine may boost Nord Stream 2 though risks linger.
38. New York Times: State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.
39. TASS: Kremlin: Election meddling worldwide is a ‘rich US tradition’ that even impacts Russia.
40. AP: Meet Russia’s trolls: From standup comic to a Siberian Jay Z.
41. NYU Jordan Center: Vasily Gatov, Russian Meddling and Fake News, Part Three: The Counter-Counter-Counterintelligence State.
42. The New Yorker: Jane Mayer, Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier. How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.
43. National Public Radio: Journalists Argue Russian Interference Has Been Exaggerated. (Masha Gessen and Adrian Chen)

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