RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-77 :: Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#77
Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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1. TASS: Some 130,000 people attend Labor Day march in Moscow.
2. NYU Jordan Center: Where does Putin’s support come from? (with Graeme Robertson)
3. Euromaidan Press (Kyiv): Paul Goble, Like Soviet one, Putin system can’t be reformed, only destroyed and replaced, Inozemtsev says.
4. Voice of America: Russians Not Turning on Kremlin Even as Latest US Sanctions Bite.
5. Education Reform – President Putin Makes Trip to St. Petersburg to Promote Crucial Student Programs. [News video with English subtitles]
7. TASS: More claims over Russian telecom watchdog’s blockings expected in coming week – lawyer.
8. Kenneth Rapoza, Meet The Russians Behind Your Blockchain (And Cryptocurrency, Too)
9. Ben Aris, Russia’s Bondageddon. (excerpt)
10. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Dawn of the Floating NPP. [Text with graphics and links:]
11. Moscow Times: At the FIFA World Cup This Summer, Russia Will Be Playing for a Miracle. Russia might be hosting the World Cup, but it won’t lift the trophy.
12. The New Republic: Seva Gunitsky, One Word to Improve U.S. Russia Policy. “Derzhavnost”: It’s why focusing on Putin, or trying to punish the country, usually backfires. []
13. (New Hampshire): Exeter author: US, Russia relations spiral into second Cold War. (Ken Straus)
14. American Diplomacy: Nicolai N. Petro, The Surprising Allure of Russian Soft Power. [Text with footnotes]
15. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, My Wish List for the Bundeskanzleramt.
16. Boston Review: Thomas Graham and Rajan Menon, What Did Trump’s Strike Against Syria Actually Accomplish? []
17. Al-Monitor: Maxim A. Suchkov, Russia acting as buffer between Israel, Iran. [Text with links:]
18. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Eurasia torn between war and peace. Iran’s top trading partner is China, while Tehran and Moscow have been improving ties as the three countries move closer to cementing a solid alliance.
19. TASS: Russia to remain Armenia’s strategic ally, Pashinyan says.
20. The Nation: Pietro A. Shakarian, The Significance of Armenia’s ‘April Revolution.’ The massive street protests forced the country’s longtime leader to resign. But what’s next for Armenia?
21. Emil Avdaliani, Armenia is surrounded by enemies. It needs Russia for practical survival.
22. Financial Times: Defying Russia, Trump provides Javelin anti-tank busters to Ukraine.
23. Atlantic Council: Q&A: Ukraine’s Got Javelins Now. So What?
24. TASS: Kiev places stake on military solution to Donbass conflict, says Russian envoy.
25. Fort Russ: Ukraine Moves Heavy Forces up to Donbass Frontline: Is War Around the Corner?
26. Russia Beyond: Did Soviet government officials live in luxury?
27. Variety: Filmmakers of ‘Active Measures’ Documentary Assert Donald Trump Has Been Putin’s Puppet for Decades.
28. Washington Post: Ed Rogers, There is no resuscitating the Trump-Russia collusion story.
29. Turning on Russia, Part Two. In the second part of this two-part series, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould explore how neo-conservatives, behind the scenes, took control of U.S. foreign policy. [Text with links]
30. New York Times: Jason Barker, Happy Birthday, Karl Marx. You Were Right!
31. Valdai Discussion Club: David Lane, KARL MARX AFTER 200 YEARS. PART 1.

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