RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-68 :: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#68
, 17 April 2018
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1. Ben Aris, US postpones fresh sanctions on Russia, Kremlin retaliation options limited.
2. New York Times: Trump Scraps New Sanctions Against Russia, Overruling Advisers.
3. Washington Post: Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost.
4. The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet..or so the MSM says. vs
5. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Lavrov criticises Syria strike, disputes Skripal findings.
6. Graham Fuller, Syria: bottom line questions.
7. Wall Street Journal: Gerald Sieb, In Syria and Beyond, a Dangerous New Era Dawns. The U.S. simultaneously confronts an aggrieved Russia and an aggressive rising power in China, a situation that calls for dexterous diplomacy.
8. Russia dumps US debt, reducing holdings to lowest level in a year.
9. Bear Market Brief: Duma delays consideration of counter-sanctions for a month.
10. TASS: Media: Work on countersanctions against US continues.
11. Paul Goncharoff, How Russia will respond to new US sanctions. Group-think on Russia is usually thoughtless.
12. Bear Market Brief: Higher School of Economics experts count cost of sanctions.
13. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Ostracized By Washington, But What About Wall Street?
14. Washington Post: Philipp Casula and Camille-Renaud Merlen, Putin wants a shining legacy. He has to solve 3 big problems first.
15. Almost 90 percent of Russians say they are unwilling to participate in protests.
16. BBC Monitoring: Opposition activists reject foul play in Russian journo’s death plunge.
17. Russia Beyond: Amazon and Google IPs under assault over Russian Telegram ban.
18. The Independent (UK): Robert Fisk, The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack. Exclusive: Robert Fisk visits the Syria clinic at the centre of a global crisis.
19. ‘US knew there were no toxins & risked nothing’ – chemical experts on Syria strike.
20. Barry Kissin, Anatomy of a Chemical Attack . In the space of a little more than 24 hours Defense Secretary Jim Mattis learned all over again how to say, “Yes, sir” [Text with links]
21. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, PLAYING AT WAR. [Text with comments]
22. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, UNPRECEDENTED DESTRUCTION. [Text with links and comments]
23. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Post-Bombing Assessment.
24. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Invade/Invite the World, Made Flesh. (re Michael McFaul) [Text with links]
26. Russia won without firing a single shot. Analysis from Russian news agency has quite a different perspective on US and the Syrian strike than the Western Mainstream wish to portray. [Text with links]
27. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan, Mission Far From Accomplished in Syria: Strikes Won’t Deter Future Chemical Attacks or End Slaughter.
28. Dmitry Gorenburg, Quick thoughts on Syria strike.
29. Trust between Russia and US nearly lost, but not zero – Lavrov to BBC.
30. Washington Post editorial: Russia’s frantic parade of lies.
31. Amy Knight, AUTUMN OF THE OLIGARCHS. Vladimir Putin’s Billionaire Buddies Are Getting Scared, and Not Just of Sanctions. Some of the oligarchs now face major U.S. sanctions, while others are getting arrested on the Kremlin’s orders. Is Putin’s circle of the shameless rich beginning to crumble?
33. Ivan Krastev, Russia haunts the western imagination. The dividing line between authoritarian Russia and liberal democracies is growing ever thinner.
34. Michael McCaffrey, Hollywood’s malicious propaganda dehumanizes all Russians.
35. Russia Beyond: 6 iconic symbols of perestroika that are no longer with us. [Text with photos]
36. Vox Ukraine: Denial of the Obvious: Far Right in Maidan Protests and Their Danger Today. Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko studies the reasons for underestimating the potential of far right forces in Ukraine. (excerpt) [Complete text]
37. The Pulitzer Prizes: The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in National Reporting. Staffs of The New York Times and The Washington Post.
38. TASS: Pulitzer Prize awards based on politics not journalism, say veteran Russian experts.

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