RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-78 :: Wednesday, 2 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#78
Wednesday, 2 May 2018

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1. Stephen F. Cohen and Michael McFaul debate the “New U.S.-Russian Cold War” May 9 in New York.
2. Financial Times: Putin looks at mending fences with west to revive Russia’s economy. Aide Alexei Kudrin considered for lead role in easing tension and restoring growth.
3. RFE/RL: Russia, Despite Military Ventures, Cut Defense Spending By Most In Decades.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.[]
5. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Solidarity in Response to Rash of Sexual Harassment Accusations in Russia Shows That Times Are Changing-Slowly. Many in the media are rallying behind the female journalists who have accused State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky of sexual harassment.
6. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Telegramming Protest. [Text with links]
7. Washington Post editorial: The fight in Russia for Internet freedom is one worth having. In trying to block a messaging app, Moscow takes aim at online liberty.
8. Raam op Rusland: Testcase Telegram: will Putin be Stolypin or one of the Kims? The ban on the messaging app Telegram demonstrates once again that Russia’s regime is committed to subordinating business interests and freedom to whatever security concerns. Rumors have it that Putin will adopt a more liberal economic policy in his fourth term. However, it takes more than a few new faces to change course, writes Mark Galeotti.
9. Defense Report: Ksenia Kirillova, The Kremlin Guard: Russia’s Pro-Government Youth Organizations.
10. Sputnik: Ivan Danilov, Trump Will Make Russia Rich Again. [Text with links]
11. Sputnik: Nord Stream 3? Economic Analyst Explains Why Gazprom’s Proposal is No Bluff.
12. Paul Goncharoff, China, Russia and Gold in the De-Dollarizing World. An asset backed currency, used by Russia and China, may be the biggest challenge to Emperor Dollar. []
13. Indian Punchline: M. K. Bhadrakumar, Korean “peace pipeline” gains traction.
14. Moscow Times: Yuri Barmin, What Smoke Signals Are Russia’s Arms Deals Sending? Just like in Soviet times, Moscow is using weapons deals to form alliances and pressure rivals.
15. The Iran nuclear deal explained.
16. Kenneth Rapoza, Putin Tries Adding Weight To Iran Conflict With U.S.
17. RFE/RL: Georgian President Calls For ‘Strategic Tolerance’ Of Russia.
18. New York Times: Armenia’s Opposition, Blocked in Parliament, Raises Pressure in the Streets.
19. Russia Beyond: 5 Phenomena of perestroika that changed life for Russians.
20. Brian Milakovsky, A frontline factory, an embattled oligarch and Ukraine’s industrial drift. For the future of this chemical plant in eastern Ukraine, trade policy with Russia looms large.
21. Cosmonaut shares epic PHOTOS of Crimea Bridge from space ahead of its opening. []
22. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, Ukraine’s democracy is approaching ‘make or break’ – and the West is missing in action.
24. Washington Times: Ronald Kessler, The Russia collusion farce.
25. Alexander Mercouris, Mueller’s questions to Trump: more those of a prosecuting attorney than of an impartial investigator. Mueller’s proposed questions to Trump show that Trump remains Mueller’s ultimate target. [Text with links]
26. Robert Mueller: Gone Fishing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s strategy may be to try to lure Donald Trump into perjury when Mueller can already get all the answers to his questions from the NSA, say Ray McGovern and Bill Binney.
27. Alexander Mercouris, Skripal case: British confirm they have no suspect; Yulia Skripal vanishes, no word of Sergey Skripal. Amidst speculation that British government has imposed reporting restrictions, British authorities admit they have no suspect in Skripal case. [Text with links]
28. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Book Antireview: Karl Marx – Capital. []
29. AFP: Marx at 200: Germany torn over revolutionary’s legacy.
30. New York Times: Julian Lucas, The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times. (Gogol)

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