RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-87 :: Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#87 :: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
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1. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, ‘Who Lost Russia?’ Isn’t Just an Academic Debate. The answer could help the U.S. avoid alienating other countries.
3. Putin attends opening ceremony of Crimean Bridge. (VIDEO) []
4. AFP: Bridge connects annexed Crimea to Russia – and Putin to a dream dating back to the last Tsar.
5. Paul Goncharoff, Russia’s Legacy Term: 2018 – 2024 and Beyond. What the “expert pundits” can not manage to predict about Russia. []
6. Asia Times: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Putin comes out with a ‘Russia First’ strategy. Amid a host of domestic development programs, a renewed effort to repair Russia’s relations with the West may be on the cards.
7. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Movchan, Creative reporting: What to expect from the Russian government in Putin’s fourth term.
8. Meduza: The Kremlin has big plans for the next five years, and it might need to raise Russia’s retirement age to pay for everything.
9. Telegram Messenger blocking in Russia not in force ‘due to appeal’
10. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Dealing with Secondary Sanctions. [Text with links]
11. TASS: State Duma approves criminal liability for aiding West’s anti-Russia sanctions.
12. TASS: Duma envoy comments on countersanctions bill.
13. Interfax: Over 400 companies, about 200 individuals in Russia fall under U.S. sanctions – Volodin.
14. RFE/RL: ‘Not Their Business To Bomb Voronezh’: Russian Lawmakers Gut Sanctions Bill Targeting U.S.
15. Meduza: The Russian authorities want to jail people for observing or even promoting Western sanctions.
16. Viktor Katona, Expert Analysis: What’s Next For Russian Oil.
17. TASS: Kommersant: Gazprom to continue drilling despite US sanctions.
18. Paul Goble: ‘Thank You, Donald’ for Sending Oil Prices Up, Russian Commentator Says.
19. Anti-Russia sanctions won’t spook Chinese investors – Beijing.
20. Interfax: China plans to double trade with Russia to $200 bln by 2020.
21. Chatham House (UK): Richard Connolly and Mathieu Boulegue, Armament Programme: Implications for the Russian Armed Forces and Military Capabilities to 2027. While Western observers should be prepared to see Russia’s armed forces become more capable over the next decade, they should avoid exaggerating the threat posed by these developments.
22. TASS: Media: World powers struggle to rescue Iran nuclear deal.
23. Asia Times: M.K.Bhadrakumar, The Russian-Israeli-Iranian conundrum in Syria. Moscow is playing a clever game of diplomacy and managing to maintain ties with all the major players
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Mary Dejevsky, UK AS SPEARHEAD OF ANTI-RUSSIAN ALLIANCE.
25. Russian International Affairs Council: Stefan Meister, Searching for a new foundation for German-Russian relations.
26. New Armenian PM Pashinian promises Putin close ties will endure.
27. New York Times: See Which Facebook Ads Russians Targeted to People Like You.
28. The American Conservative: Peter Van Buren, Can Michael Hayden Be This Blinded By Hate? Ex-NSA chief says Americans have been conned by Russia and Trump and should look to intel community for salvation.

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