RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-80 :: Friday, 4 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#80
Friday, 4 May 2018

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1. Newsweek.com: NATO PREPARES FOR WAR WITH RUSSIA WITH SIMULATED NAVAL AND CYBER ATTACKS. 
2. The Guardian (UK): Revealed: UK’s push to strengthen anti-Russia alliance. Exclusive: ministers will use series of summits to pursue containment strategy and urge rethink of diplomatic dialogue. 
3. TASS: More than 80% of Russians say they are happy – poll.
4. www.rt.com: Family, good health & rewarding jobs: Russians reveal what makes them so happy.
5. TASS: Russian waistlines going American: Health Ministry says obesity rates doubled in 5 years.
6. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan and Nabi Abdullaev, Measuring National Power: Is Vladimir Putin’s Russia in Decline? [russiamatters.org/analysis/measuring-national-power-vladimir-putins-russia-decline]
Full report here [PDF]: russiamatters.org/sites/default/files/media/files/Measuring%20National%20Power%2005.03.18%2010pm%20take%202.pdf
7. TASS: Putin may submit prime minister’s candidacy to State Duma right after inauguration.
8. AP: As He Begins a New Term, Putin Pushes Lofty Goals for Russia.
9. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Popular Putin prepares for Cold War 2.0. As US-led Western hostility against Moscow mounts, Vladimir Putin’s new government is bound to be a war cabinet. [Text with links atimes.com/article/popular-putin-prepares-for-cold-war-2-0/]
10. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 3 MAY 2018. [Text with links patrickarmstrong.ca/2018/05/03/russian-federation-sitrep-3-may-2018/]
11. Intellinews.com: Russian government “on the brink” of increasing retirement ages.
12. Meduza: Don’t ‘overdo’ it online, if you fear the fuzz . A linguist explains the messy science that fuels Russia’s anti-extremism policing.
13. Intellinews.com: Julia Reed, The diary of an election observer: a day in prison.
14. Nicolai N. Petro, The Russian Orthodox Church. [Full text: academia.edu/36386289/Russian_Orthodox_Church_and_Russian_Foreign_Policy]
15. Moscow Times: Almost 90% of Tickets Sold for the World Cup in Russia.
16. TASS: Putin to attend 2018 FIFA World Cup opening match between Russia, Saudi Arabia.
17. Nasdaq.com: Martin Tillier, Forget the Politics, Russian Stocks Look Like Value.
18. Intellinews.com: Sanctioning Russian sovereign debt.
19. TASS: Moscow to benefit from evolving US-China trade war – Russian diplomat.
20. The Conversation: Gerhard Schnyder, Russia: how Western condemnation lets Putin off the hook. [Text with links theconversation.com/russia-how-western-condemnation-lets-putin-off-the-hook-94595]
21. International Politics: Kimberly Marten, Reckless ambition: Moscow’s policy toward the United States, 2016/17.
22. Russia International Affairs Council: Ivan Timofeev, Unbalanced Europe and the New Order in the OSCE Space. http://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/unbalanced-europe-and-the-new-order-in-the-osce-space/
23. RFE/RL: NATO General Surprised By Lack Of ‘Visible Russian Interference’ In Armenia Crisis. (excerpt)
24. Moscow Times: Grigor Atanesian, New Armenia Will Stay With Russia, If Reluctantly . The Kremlin has nothing to fear in Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution,” analysts say.
25. Russia International Affairs Council: Sergey Markedonov, Azerbaijan after the Presidential Elections: Internal and Foreign Policy Dynamics. http://russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/azerbaijan-after-the-presidential-elections-internal-and-foreign-policy-dynamics/
26. Reuters: Israel to Russia – We sat out Western sanctions, so help us in Mideast.
27. www.rt.com: US ‘freezes funding’ for White Helmets as group’s Douma chem attack claim falls apart. [https://www.rt.com/news/425810-white-helmets-us-funding-freeze/]
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Georgy Toloraya, HOW RUSSIA SHOULD APPROACH THE DAWN OF DÉTENTE IN KOREA.
29. The Nation: Sophie Pinkham, Zombie History. Timothy Snyder’s bleak vision of the past and present.
30. TASS: Foreign Ministry: London blocks leakage to media that could clarify Skripal poisoning case.
31. TASS: Diplomat: OPCW’s ’50-100 grams’ claim ‘would have poisoned neighborhood’ not just Skripals.
32. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, From the Skripals to Douma, the Globalist Pravda Network Reveals its True Face.
33. www.rt.com: Alexander Yakovenko, We get impression UK govt is deliberately destroying evidence in Skripal case – Russian Ambassador.
34. www.rt.com: Rick Sterling, Russian athletes exonerated but ignored in the West.
35. Valdai Discussion Club: David Lane, KARL MARX AFTER 200 YEARS. PART 2.
36. The Nation: Aaron Mate, Don’t Count on Russiagate to Bring Trump Down. Robert Mueller’s questions, Michael Cohen’s troubles, and the DNC’s lawsuit don’t inspire confidence.

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