RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-73 :: Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#73
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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1. Moscow Times: Russians Primarily Concerned With Rising Prices – Poll.
2. Izvestia: Russian analyst calls for continued dialogue with US. (Alexander Vedrussov)
4. Vedomosti: Pundits say negative domestic, global events decrease Putin’s rating.
5. Paul Goble: ‘Everyone Lost the Russian Presidential Elections’ Except Putin’s Favored Few, Yavlinsky Says.
6. https://m-simonyan.livejournal.com: Margarita Simonyan, How the West interfered in Russian elections.
7. Bloomberg: Putin to Back $162 Billion Spending Spree for New Term.
8. Bear Market Brief: Putin backs $162 billion spending increase over next term.
9. www.rt.com: Kremlin spokesman dismisses media reports on plans to boost Russian social spend.
10. Interfax: Kudrin sees budget maneuver adding 0.5%-1% to Russian GDP growth.
11. TASS: RBC: Russian media watchdog clamps down on Google in Telegram blockade battle.
12. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Russia’s Ban on Telegram Has Politicized the Workspace Overnight.
13. Russia Beyond: Who are Russia’s richest businessmen? [Text with photos https://www.rbth.com/business/328117-russia-richest-businessmen]
14. Russia Beyond: Who are the Russian ‘oligarchs’ and do they really exist? [Text with links https://www.rbth.com/lifestyle/328047-who-are-russian-oligarchs]
15. TASS: Media: Sanctions relief to Rusal’s rescue.
16. TASS: Kremlin casts doubt on potential US sanctions relief for Rusal.
17. Intellinews.com: US relaxes Rusal sanctions in surprise move, will lift completely if Deripaska sells.
18. Reuters: Some Funds Bet on Quick Rebound in Russia’s Sanctions-Hit Markets.
19. TASS: US pushing world toward new arms race, Russian defense chief says.
20. Interfax: U.S. prioritizes reduction of conflict possibility in Syria – Huntsman.
21. TASS: US strike on Syria challenges entire UN system, Russian Security Council says.
22. TASS: Izvestia: Armenian-Russian ties to withstand test of time.
23. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Armenia’s Peaceful Revolution Is a Lesson for Putin. Mass protests have pushed the nation’s power-hungry leader to resign without bloodshed or foreign interference.
24. http://theduran.com: Alexander Mercouris, Events in Armenia: not a ‘colour revolution.’ The political crisis in Armenia had clear internal causes and is unlikely in the long term to effect Armenia’s close relationship with Russia. [Text with links http://theduran.com/events-in-armenia-not-a-colour-revolution/]
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrei Areshev, ‘THAT IS NOT MINE’: HOW SARGSYAN’S RESIGNATION CAN AFFECT RELATIONS BETWEEN ARMENIA AND RUSSIA.
26. Washington Post editorial: Armenians deliver a blow to Putin’s political model. Armenia’s leader attempted to emulate a classic Putin maneuver. It didn’t work.
27. Reuters: Belarus Leader Says May Loosen Grip on Power-But Not Yet.
28. The National Interest: Paul Pillar, The Terrorism Label.
29. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Democracies Should Trust But Verify. Citizens deserve more public facts about intelligence judgments used to justify decisions on war and peace.
30. Paul Goble: ‘Ruins of Empire in Sands of Central Asia’ – Russians Leaving Turkmenistan and ISIS Coming In.
31. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Arkady Dubnov, Reflecting on a Quarter Century of Russia’s Relations With Central Asia. (excerpt)
32. www.rt.com: Salisbury attack chemical can be produced by any state, even the US, OPCW chief tells prank callers. [Audio recording https://www.rt.com/news/424928-uzumcu-opcw-skripal-prank/]
33. Voltairenet.org: Michael Jabara Carley, The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far?
34. Washington Post: Scott Radnitz, If Putin has kompromat on Trump, how might he use it?
35. Washington Post: Aaron Blake, Trump’s denials that he stayed overnight in Russia are falling apart.
36. Washington Post: David Ignatius, We know an awful lot about Manafort and Russia. Trump can’t make it disappear.
37. The American Interest: Larry Diamond, Countering a Kleptocratic Kremlin. We must remember that predatory authoritarianism is not stamped into the Russian DNA.
38. Rush Limbaugh: The Beginning of the End of the Russia Hoax.
39. Vesti.ru: Is Trump a Pro or Anti-Russian President? No One President is So Poorly Understood. (with Vyacheslav Nikonov) [News video with English subtitles https://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=3010689&cid=4441]
40. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russia’s Lavrov interviewed on Syria, US, Skripal row.