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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#81
Monday, 7 May 2018

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1. TASS: Most poll respondents believe that Russia is in need of changes.
2. A record 80%-plus Russians say they are “happy”
3. Moscow Times: Russians Are Most Unhappy With Putin Over Wealth Inequality – Poll.
4. TASS: Overwhelming majority of Russians approve of Putin’s performance, poll indicates.
5. Russians see return of superpower status as Putin’s main achievement in previous term.
6. TASS: Putin says his meaning of life is doing everything for Russia’s present and future.
7. Vladimir Putin has been sworn in as President of Russia.
8. Putin sworn in for fourth presidential term (FULL VIDEO)
9. Meeting with Government members.
10. TASS: How the new Russian government is formed.
11. Reuters: Russia’s Putin sticks with same prime minister for new term. (Medvedev)
12. Sputnik: Dmitry Medvedev Proposes That Finance Minister Siluanov Become First Deputy PM.
13. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Putin’s Inauguration. [Text with links]
14. Bryan MacDonald, Keeping Russia great: Putin’s final presidential term will be his most difficult.
15. AFP: Russian business eyes reform in Putin’s fourth term.
16. Moscow Times: What to Expect From Putin’s Fourth Term: Russian Pundits Weigh In.
17. Financial Times: Vladimir Putin starts new term with call to modernise Russia.
18. New York Times: As Putin Begins 4th Term, Inauguration Highlights His Vast Power.
19. Washington Post: Putin launches another term as Russia’s president. It might even be his last.
20. AP: Putin’s Image: An Inextricable Part of Russian Life.
21. Hundreds arrested during Russian “He’s not my tsar” protests.
22. Opposition supporters rally across Russia, Navalny briefly detained at unsanctioned Moscow protest. [Text with photos]
23. EU slams police ‘violence’ at Russian rally, yet sides with authorities in Catalonia crackdown. [Text with photos]
24. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia’s Liberal Bolsheviks.
25. Amid international pressure, Russia’s economy is a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly.
26. International Crisis Group: Magdalena Grono, Mirror Images: The Standoff between Moscow and Western Capitals. Russia and the West are mired in mutual mistrust, sinking deeper with each contretemps in the post-Soviet space and every round of sanctions punishing perceived Russian malfeasance. A rapprochement appears unlikely soon, so both sides must open channels to avert confrontations where their interests collide.
27. Washington Post: Archie Brown, How did the end of the Cold War become today’s dangerous tensions with Russia? (re FROM COLD WAR TO HOT PEACE An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia By Michael McFaul)
28. Twitter: Michael McFaul, “Putin is disappointed in what Trump has delivered to Russia directly, but very satisfied with the damage he has done to American unity domestically and American leadership abroad.”
29. Russian International Affairs Council: Russia’s New Foreign Policy Cycle: Foreign Viewpoints.
30. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatyana Stanovaya, How Western Sanctions Will Alter Ties Between Russian Big Business and the Kremlin.
31. Anti-Russia sanctions are punishing the US economy – AmCham president.
32. TASS: Kommersant: Rusal continues production amid falling exports.
33. Wall Street Journal: Sanctions on Russia Rattle Aluminum Industry, Manufacturers.
34. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, As Israel-Iran rivalry burns, Russia’s Tehran ties may get singed. Russia has been serving as a buffer between Israel and Iran amid the fighting in Syria. But Israel’s restraint appears to be fraying – making the state of relations between Iran and Russia critical to managing any outbreak of fighting.
35. Alexander Mercouris, Israel’s Netanyahu to be guest of honour at Russia’s Victory Day Celebration. Major summit meeting between Russian and Israeli leaders against background of Russia’s 9th May Victory Day Celebration is planned.
36. Indian Punchline: M. K. Bhadrakumar, Israel seeks Russian help in Syria. Will Russia oblige?
37. Carnegie Moscow Center: Thomas de Waal, Armenia’s Revolution and the Legacy of 1988. The unexpected collapse of Armenia’s ruling regime is better understood if you study the story of Armenia’s break with the Soviet regime in 1988. The country has a legacy of peaceful protest, national solidarity, but is also trapped by a strong nationalist discourse.
38. Emil Sanamyan, Saint Nick of Armenia: how protest leader Nikol Pashinyan “rescued” Armenia and made it merry. Armenia’s intensive street mobilisation over the past month has taken many by surprise. Who is the man at the centre of these protests? (excerpt)
39. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, Russia Learned Nothing in Afghanistan. Neither Did America. The echo of the Soviet War in Afghanistan remains sadly relevant.
40. Sputnik: Skripal Case Two Months On: Russian Embassy Taunts UK PM May Over Lack of Proof.
41. Washington Post: The Navy is resurrecting a fleet to protect the East Coast and North Atlantic from Russia.
42. Washington Post: Anne Applebaum, The fake news Russians hear at home. The Kremlin is feeding ominous messages to its own citizens.
43. Paul Goble: ‘The World has Stopped Loving or Even Respecting Russia and Putin,’ Shevtsova Says.

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