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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#52
Monday, 19 March 2018
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1. Russia Beyond: Keeping it real: Meet the American podcasters who give an honest scoop on Russia. [Text with photos and links]
2. Putin reveals primary objective of new presidential term.
3. Meeting with candidates for post of Russian Federation President.
4. Bear Market Brief: Alfa-Bank: Putin’s big win dampens reform prospects.
5. Tatiana Stanovaya explains the results of election.
6. Moscow Times: Tatyana Stanovaya, Russia’s Next Prime Minister Is In for a Tough Ride. When problems arise, the prime minister is vulnerable to attack from all sides
7. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Elections 2018: The Big Roundup. (excerpt) [Full text]
8. Ben Aris, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin reelected in a landslide with a little help from the west.
9. National Public Radio (NPR): After Election Landslide, It’s Putin’s Russia (More Than Ever). (Fyodor Lukyanov interview)
10. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin’s Hawks Got the Confirmation They Wanted. The Russian president defeated his strongest opponent — voter apathy.
11. ‘I did not run for the result’: Sobchak tells RT of plans to unite liberal opposition.
13. Margarita Simonyan, Why we don’t respect the West anymore.
14. New York Times: Russia Credits the West for Putin’s Big Victory.
15. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, What Putin’s Reelection Means for Russia and the World. Putin is staying-but he is likely to take the initiative to shape both Russia’s domestic politics and its international position to his liking.
16. Moscow Times: After Putin’s Historic Grand Slam, What’s Next for Russia? Political analysts say Putin’s clean sweep sets him up to rule indefinitely.
17. Washington Post: Joshua Tucker et al, Putin won reelection yesterday. Now he’s a ‘lame duck.’ What will that mean?
18. Washington Post editorial: Putin’s next term could be even more dangerous. Domestic troubles could make the newly reelected Russian president a bigger threat.
18a. Facebook: Michael Kofman, What is going on with Washington Post op-ed page.
19. The New York Review of Books: Timothy Snyder, Ivan Ilyin, Putin’s Philosopher of Russian Fascism.
20. Interfax: Kremlin regrets U.S. ‘maniacal desire’ to make Russia pay for something – Peskov.
21. Valdai Discussion Club/Kommersant: Fyodor Lukyanov, BACK TO BALANCE. NEW WEAPONS AS EFFECTIVE DETERRENCE.
22. Putin’s landslide victory to attract additional $30bn to Russian economy.
23. Rethinking Russia: Alexei Gromyko: Science and Diplomacy go Shoulder to Shoulder.
24. China Daily: Dmitri Trenin, Dynamism hallmark of China-Russia relations.
25. Crimean bridge will open to car traffic in May, well ahead of schedule.
26. The National Interest: Andranik Migranyan, A Russian Perspective on the Skripal Attack. Who benefited from the poisoning of a former spy and his daughter?
27. Washington Post: Maria Snegovaya, Why did Russia poison one of its ex-spies in Britain?
28. Moscow Times: Soviet Scientist Behind Nerve Agent Rules Out Russian Hand in Spy Scandal.
29. Alexander Mercouris, Now British media admits it in Skripal case: due process ‘does not apply’ to Russia. Commentaries in Guardian and Financial Times say that Russia can be declared guilty without being given chance to defend itself. [Text with links]
30. The Unz Review: Philip Gerald, Russiagate Comes to England. Who poisoned the Russian spy?
31. Financial Times: Unanswered questions about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Two weeks after attack, very few details of investigation have been released.
32. Andrey Lazarchuk: Another View of Salisbury Accident.
33. Russia in Global Affairs: Fyodor Lukyanov, We Are. (re latest issue of Russia in Global Affairs)
34. Russia in Global Affairs: Nikolay Spasskiy, The Island of Russia. Can Russia Become a Superpower Again-and Does It Really Need It? [Text with charts]

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