RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-42 :: Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#42
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
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1. Booze or browse? Half of all Russians would rather quit alcohol than the internet, poll shows.
2. Moscow Times: Igor Ivanov, Russia Is Offering an Olive Branch, Not Nuclear War. The path to international security is complex, but Russia has proven it is prepared to lead the way.
3. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Putin’s speech wasn’t aggressive – it was a plea to the US to start talking again. The military half of Putin’s address was not only – or perhaps even primarily – directed at the Russian audience. This message of new, and world-beating, defence prowess surely had another intended recipient: the United States.
4. TASS: Kommersant: US airline giant halts flights to Moscow. (Delta)
5. Russian population growth still not yet established. Mortality rate in 2017 8 percent above birth rate, a downward turn compared with 2016; steps in place to help reverse this trend.
6. AP: Russia’s Putin Takes His Campaign to Leading Industrial Town.
8. Bear Market Brief: Grudinin faces disqualification after foreign accounts revealed.
9. TASS: Izvestia: Washington gearing up for Russia’s presidential election.
11. Blockchain technology introduced for forthcoming Russian presidential polls.
12. TASS: Russia’s new ‘breakthrough’ weapons outlined by Putin to arrive for troops on schedule.
13. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Paper, pundits analyse Putin’s weapons announcement. (excerpt)
14. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, EVIDENCE BE DAMNED! (re Putin and Sobchak)
15. Moscow Times: 82% of Russians Favor Gender Equality in Families – Poll.
16. TASS: No strays left behind: Russia’s World Cup host cities intend to open more animal shelters.
17. The Guardian: 100 days to the World Cup: how is Russia 2018 shaping up?. From tickets to trouble spots and the football itself, we place under the microscope the issues that will determine the success of this summer’s tournament.
18. TASS: Russian tycoon Prokhorov slams allegations by US attorney for WADA informant. (re Grigory Rodchenkov)
19. Reuters: Putin adviser says Russia ready if West locks it out of the internet.
20. ‘Gerasimov doctrine’ finally put to rest? Russia ‘expert’ apologizes for coining snappy term.
21. Mark Galeotti, I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine.’ I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn’t exist.
23. Syria War: What the mainstream media isn’t telling you about Eastern Ghouta. []
24. The Independent (UK): Robert Fisk, To Putin, Assad’s enemies in Syria are the same as Russia’s in Chechnya. For the Russian President, those Chechens who resisted his firepower inside Russia are merely continuing their struggle inside a Russian ally further to the south.
25. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, For Russia, There’s No Way Out of Syria . Syrian President Bashar Assad has trapped Russia into fighting until the bitter end.
26. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russian, Chinese, and US interests collide in Africa.
27. Carnegie Europe: Thomas de Waal, Moldova’s Conflict: Unfreezing, In a Good Way? A mood of realism around the Transdniestria conflict, supported by Russia, is leading to areas of de facto integration. The Moldovan government is cautious, but this is an opportunity for more international engagement.
28. Are America’s ICBM a Maginot Line? Russian Doomsday Nuclear Device Could Bypass US Nukes. (re Andrei Sakharov) []
29. Washington Post: Daniel Rowland, Why authoritarian rule is not Russia’s history – or destiny.
30. Washington Post: Amie Ferris-Rotman named Moscow correspondent.
31. Kyiv Post: Volker says self-proclaimed republics should be ‘disbanded’ in Ukraine.
32. TASS: Putin notes Russians charged with influencing US election ‘may be brought to justice’
33. The Hill: Jordan Gans-Morse, US weakness to blame for Russian interference – they exploited our vulnerabilities.
34. NYU Jordan Center: Vasily Gatov, Russian Meddling and Fake News, Conclusion: Some Recommendations.
35. Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi, The New Blacklist. Russiagate may have been aimed at Trump to start, but it’s become a way of targeting all dissent.

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