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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#86 :: Monday, 14 May 2018
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1. Richard Sakwa: RE: Keith Gessen’s article.
2. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Russia’s ‘Brain Drain’ and the Prospects for Regime Transformation.
3. Interfax: Artificial limitations on trade, finance, must not be allowed, imbalances in global markets must be corrected – Putin.
4. TASS: PM Medvedev to present proposals to Putin on new cabinet’s structure Tuesday.
5. Izvestia: Russian experts view tasks facing Medvedev’s new cabinet.
6. Danielle Ryan, Putin’s May decrees: Achievable or just wishful thinking? [Text with links]
7. Paul Goble: ‘Even in Soviet Times, Nobody Believed Promises Like Putin is Making,’ Gontmakher Says.
8. RFE/RL: Robert Coalson, Putin 4.0: Five Issues Facing Russia’s President In The Next Six Years.
9. Washington Post: Jackson Diehl, Putin isn’t as all-powerful as he looks. In local elections, which are harder to rig, the opposition is rising. [Text with links]
10. West tried to prevent Putin’s re-election as president since 2011 – senators.
11. Bloomberg: Russia’s Kudrin Gets Audit Post as Hopes of Bigger Role Fade.
12. EurAsia Daily: Medvedev’s Cabinet will carry out unpopular reforms and will resign: expert. (Dmitry Solonnikov)
13. Baltimore Sun: Ala Creciun Graff, To understand Putin, you must understand Russian history.
14. The National Interest: Angela Stent, What to Expect from Putin’s Fourth Term. And will he begin to groom a successor?
15. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Overview of Russian Airports & Aircraft Construction.
16. Moscow gets into Europe’s top 5 most attractive cities for investors.
17. TASS: Kommersant: Non-profit organizations request that medical imports not be restricted.
18. Moscow Times: Most Russians Say They Are Unaffected and ‘Unworried’ by Western Sanctions – Poll.
19. Bloomberg: Russia to Soften Plan for Retaliation Against U.S. Sanctions.
20. Russian MPs draft bill allowing jail terms for anyone facilitating foreign sanctions.
21. TASS: No plans to prosecute those justifying US sanctions – senior Russian lawmaker.
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Pavel Koshkin, Saber-Rattling as the Main Threat for Russia and the U.S., and How to Deal with It. [Text with links]
23. Financial Times editorial: The march to another Middle East disaster. Only Putin and the balance of terror stand between Iran, Israel and war.
24. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Ninth round of Astana talks open as danger of new war looms.
25. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Netanyahu Was In Moscow. So What. [Text with links]
26. Awful Avalanche: Russia: No More Mr. Nice Guy In Syria – Part III. [Text with links and other parts]
27. Reuters: New Armenian PM Tells Putin He Wants Closer Ties With Russia.
28. Interfax-Ukraine: Over half of Moldovans oppose NATO membership.
29. AFP: Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West.
30. Robert Kidd, 2018 World Cup Preview, Group A: Uruguay’s Group To Win, With Host Russia In A Good Spot, Too.
31. The Daily Mirror (UK): England fans at World Cup ‘at risk of blackmail from Russian mafia hookers.’ There are fears gangsters could threaten to send incriminating pictures to fans’ wives or post them on social media.
32. The Guardian (UK): MI5 chief: Kremlin is ‘chief protagonist’ in campaign to undermine west.
33. TASS: Ukrainian lawmakers set to debate on banning TV-broadcasting of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
34. In These Times: Michael Arria and Sarah Lazare, How Russia-Obsessed Democrats Set the Stage for Trump’s Disastrous Violation of the Iran Deal. Leading Democrats have bundled their push for a tough stance on Russia with escalation towards Iran. [Text with links]
35. TASS: Russia’s RT TV channel to keep broadcast license in Britain, says media regulator.
36. Dennis Morgan, Why I Support Russia Today (and So Should You).
37. Patricia Kushlis, The Kremlinologist: A Book Review Essay. (re Llewellyn Thompson)

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