RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-84 :: Thursday, 10 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#84
Thursday, 10 May 2018

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1. Financial Times: Russia in charts: the reality behind Putin’s development goals. Some of the president’s social and economic six-year targets look daunting.
2. Nabi Abdullaev, Continuity Is Putin’s Choice For His Fourth Term.
3. Stephen Blank: Re: Keith Gessen’s “The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio”
4. Mary Dejevsky: re Gessen’s article.
5. Jerry Hough: re Gessen’s article.
6. TASS: More than 80% of Russians approve of Putin’s performance – poll.
7. Meduza: A researcher at Stanford University says there was very little falsification in Putin’s latest re-election, and here’s how he crunched those numbers.
8. Interfax: Human Rights Council member Svanidze criticizes bill on imposing fines for involving minors in unauthorized rallies.
9. Moscow Times: Russia Blacklists Progressively Fewer ‘Foreign Agent’ NGOs, Justice Ministry Says.
10. Military parade on Red Square. Vladimir Putin attended a military parade marking the 73rd anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
11. Russia Insider: Beautiful! Russian Flashmob Sings Famous WW2 Song. (Smuglyanka)
12. TASS: ‘Immortal Regiment’ march breaks record in Moscow with over 1mln participants – police.
13. Moscow Times: Denis Volkov, What the Russian Public Thinks of Victory Day. The use of Victory Day by the authorities for their own purposes has turned out to be quite effective.
14. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Why I am Not Celebrating Victory Day.
15. Russia Beyond: New RT documentary: ‘The Red Army is being erased from history’
16. AP: Russia Marks Wartime Victory at World Cup Stadium.
17. Kennan Institute: Izabella Tabarovksy, Russia’s Strange Obsession with Sobibór.
18. Wall Street Journal: At Putin’s Parade, Netanyahu Seeks Understanding on Iran. Israeli leader wants to make sure that the Russians consider his security concerns
19. Bloomberg: Russian Ruble Hooks Up With Oil Rally to Surge Most in the World.
20. Putin: Russia Looks To Get Free Of U.S. Dollar ‘Burden’ In Oil Trade.
21. Europe Buys More Russian Gas Despite Strained Relations.
22. Bloomberg: Russia Urges Trump-Putin Summit After U.S. Rebuff of Iran Deal.
23. Bloomberg: James Stavridis, Avoiding a Cold War in the High North. Russia and now even China are pushing ahead of the U.S. and NATO in the Arctic.
25. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, What ‘Oligarchs Close to Putin’ Really Means. Some wealthy Russians are as close to the president as hostages to their taker.
26. Financial Times: Russian tycoon dragged into Trump porn actress scandal. Viktor Vekselberg links under scrutiny after targeting by US sanctions.
27. The Nation: James Carden, Accusations of Russian Disinformation Are Snowballing. A 2014 report encouraged these allegations; now they’re proliferating ever more rapidly.
28. TASS: Russia ready for cybersecurity dialogue with US – diplomat.
29. Washington Post editorial: It’s up to Trump to prepare for Kremlin cyberattacks. He’s falling short. A Senate Intelligence Committee report highlights Russian attacks in the 2016 election, with lessons for this year’s election.
30. Wall Street Journal editorial: The Justice Hall of Mirrors. The latest intel leak is designed to block a House subpoena.
31. Neil Clark, The West doth protest too much (about Russian protests).
32. Australian Financial Review/New York Review of Books: Neal Ascherson, The Cold War: What Russia wanted, what the US did and who got in the way.

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