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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#63
Friday, 6 April 2018
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1. TASS: Lavrov: West should not expect Russia to confess to all deadly sins.
2. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian pundit says confrontation with West worse than in 1980s. (Fyodor Lukyanov)
3. The Hill: Dmitri Simes, Trump’s Russia strategy has both friends and foes confused.
4. Reuters: Poisoned Russian Agent Sergei Skripal Is Getting Better Fast, Hospital Says.
5. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Vladimir Putin timed Salisbury attack to get election boost, top US intelligence official suggests. (Dan Coats)
6. Interfax: Nebenzya: Skripal posed no threat to Russia.
7. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Putin, Skrypal, Novichok, and Spy Markets: UPDATE. [Complete text]
8. Craig Murray, The Novichok Fiction Commences Disintegration Phase.What is left of the government’s definitive identification of Russia as the culprit in the Salisbury attack? It is a simple truth that Russia is not the only state that could have made the nerve agent: dozens of them could. It could also have been made by many non-state actors.
9. Alexander Mercouris, The Skripal case and the misuse of ‘intelligence’. As the Novichok ‘evidence’ collapses, the criminal investigation into the Skripal attack has become corrupted. [Text with links]
10. Alexander Mercouris, Is Sergey Skripal also recovering? More questions about the Skripal case following Yulia Skripal’s strange call. Alleged transcript between Yulia and Viktoria Skripal suggests Sergey Skripal is recovering and that Yulia Skripal feels constrained about answering questions. [Text with links]
11. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Expert doubts Russian origin of chemical agent used in Salisbury. (Igor Rybalchenko)
12. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACKWARDS. [Text with photos, links, and footnotes:]
13. Zakharova: UK Walks Back Accusations, But Russian Rage and Resentment is Very Real. [News video with English subtitles]
14. TASS: Diplomat notes Skripal pets’ deaths may hide key evidence.
15. Paul Goble: In Current Illiberal Cycle, Being an Autocrat like Putin is Fashionable, Albats Says.
16. Russian internet watchdog seeks block on Telegram messenger over refusal to give up encryption keys.
17. TASS: Kremlin ready to search for alternative to Telegram.
19. Meeting of the State Council on promoting competition.
20. The Economist: Inside the Russian mind. Understand Putin by understanding his favourite thinkers. A fascist-admiring monarchist and a believer in cosmic rays as the source of national power have influenced the Kremlin’s ideology. (The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder)
21. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 5 APRIL 2018. [Text with links]
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, THE WEST’S “TWO WARS” AND MODERN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS.
23. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, From Ankara to Moscow, Eurasia integration is on the move. The Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union is spreading its wings and gaining strength, with some key projects, big players and big plans in the pipeline. [Text with links]
24. Robert Bridge, With anti-Russia hysteria rampant, Beijing reminds US about ties between Russian & Chinese forces.
25. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Targets Allies of Putin in Latest Round of Sanctions. Punitive measures taken in response to Russia’s subversion of democracy, cyber activities and Syria actions, officials say.
26. US Department of Treasury: Today, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is designating certain persons pursuant to the Ukraine-/Russia-related authorities.
27. Reuters: Prominent Russian businessmen on new U.S. sanctions list.
28. Bear Market Brief: A quick take on new sanctions.
29. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russian elite forced to maintain covert dialogue with US.
30. TASS: Energy chief sees no negative consequences for energy complex from possible sanctions yet.
31. The Nation: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Why the New Cold War Is So Dangerous. It increases the chances for a catastrophic war and could damage progressive hopes both here and in Russia.
33. Kennan Institute: Tetyana Malyarenko and Stefan Wolff, Unsustainable Status Quo or a Costly Stability? The Increasing Risks of the Unresolved Conflict in Donbas.
34. The Hill: Lev Golinkin, When we can’t agree to fight against neo-Nazis, we’ve reached a new low. [Text with links]
35. Toronto Star (Canada): Thomas Walkom, Why did Canada expel four Russian diplomats? Because they told the truth. The Russians are being punished for saying that Freeland’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator during the Second World War. He was.
36. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 7th Moscow Conference on International Security, Moscow, April 5, 2018.
37. New York Post: David Harsanyi, Democrats, get set to lose your ‘collusion’ delusions.
38. Washington Post editorial: Trump’s mind-boggling gift to America’s enemies.
39. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley A. Strassel, What Is the FBI Hiding? The bureau still won’t comply with an eight-month-old subpoena from Congress.

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