RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-74 :: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#74
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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1. Foreign Policy Analysis Group: Andrey Sushentsov, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION DURING RUSSIA-WEST CONFRONTATION. The information space is the main field of confrontation between Russia and the West today. The aim of this confrontation is to win over the public to one’s side. It is important not just to be right, but also to be convincing. []
2. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, How to Survive in a Trench Warfare.
4. Putin to gradually cut military spending, boost education & infrastructure – report.
5. Moscow Times: Generation P: A Lifetime Under Putin. The stories of 18 teenagers who have lived a lifetime under Vladimir Putin.
7. TASS: Every fourth Russian net user backs unrestricted access to Telegram, poll suggests.
8. Bear Market Brief: What World Cup 2018 means for Russia’s economy.
9. Russia makes billions after US sanctions turn ruble to rubble.
10. TASS: RBC: Russian senators to water down Moscow’s response to US sanctions.
11. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The Rusal Case Is a Failure of U.S. Sanctions. There are ways to hit Putin’s shadowy cronies without hurting top Russian firms.
12. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Will Russia’s involvement in Syria end up burning its ties with Israel? Israel has maintained a good relationship with the Kremlin amid Russia’s tensions with the West. But as the Assad regime’s victories bring Iran closer to the Israeli border, Russia is finding it harder to balance its needs in Syria with its Israeli ties.
13. Vedomosti: Analyst says Putin not to repeat Armenian premier’s ‘mistakes’
14. Sputnik: OPCW Finds No Chemical Weapons at Syrian Facilities Bombed by US – Russian MoD.
15. The Unz Review: W. Patrick Lang, Are the Russians Correct? [Text with links and charts]
16. Wall Street Journal: Dennis Ross, Russia Risks a Wider Mideast War. By outing Israel’s attack on Iran’s base in Syria, Moscow may provoke an escalation by Tehran.
17. Valdai Discussion Club: Nana Gegelashvili, ARMENIA AND RUSSIA: BOTTLENECKS ON THE WAY TO THE FUTURE.
18. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan, Armenia: Why Has Vladimir Putin Not Intervened So Far and Will He?
19. Foreign Policy Analysis Group: Anton Fedyashin, THERESA MAY’S ‘JAMES BOND’ MOMENT: FROM SALISBURY TO SYRIA. []
20. Ben Aris, G7 foreign ministers take a hard line on Russia.
21. Bloomberg: Trump Wants `Detente’ With Russia, U.S. Envoy to Moscow Says.
22. Interfax: Kremlin cool on US cooperation overtures.
23. Royal United Services Institute (RUSI): Lincoln Pigman, The US-Russia Relationship is Doomed, for Years to Come. Despite seemingly encouraging signs, the US-Russia relationship is fundamentally unhealthy.
25. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Comment by the Information and Press Department on the annual report of the US Department of State on human rights practices in the world.
26. US nukes in Europe & low strike threshold are direct violations of non-proliferation treaty – Moscow.
27. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russia’s assessment of the US Department of State’s Report on Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments.]
28. Brookings: James Kirchick, The Soviet roots of invoking fears about World War III.
29. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Broken Promise: NATO Expansion and the End of the Cold War – AN UPDATE.
30. Salisbury Breakthrough: OPCW’s Director ADMITS to Russian Pranksters That He Has No Proof. [News video with English subtitles]
31. Alexander Mercouris, Is this the face of the assassin Russia sent to kill Sergey Skripal? A British newspaper says so. Media reports suggest British authorities still in the dark about the Skripal case. (excerpt) [Complete text]
32. Russia Beyond: Surprised by Russia: Why didn’t Trump build his tower in Moscow?
33. Russia likely targeted all 50 states in 2016, but has yet to try again, DHS cyber chief says.
34. Midwestern Democrats Want The National Party To Stop The Trump-Russia Talk. “The only ones who want to do this are Democratic activists who are already voting Democratic.”
35. The Federalist: Willis Krumholz, 5 Reasons Democrats Are Suing Over Their Russia Collusion Narrative. The Democratic National Committee just filed a civil suit in the Southern District of New York against the Russian government, members of the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks.
36. The New Yorker: Andy Borowitz, Bezos Says That When Pee Tape Is Released It Will Be Free for All Amazon Prime Members.

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