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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#89 :: Thursday, 17 May 2018
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1. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrei Kortunov, A Letter to John: Where Are U.S.-Russia Relations Headed? In the decades I spent working with the United States, I acquired quite a large circle of contacts in Washington. Collectively, they represent the so-called American establishment. Today, I’d like to address these Washingtonians as one individual, whom I’ll name John for the sake of simplicity.
2. Sean Guillory: Comment on Keith Gessen’s “The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio.”
3. Moscow Times: UN Predicts Falling Population, Rising Urbanization in Russia Through 2050.
4. Bear Market Brief: Medvedev’s cabinet discusses pension reform.
5. The 8th St Petersburg International Legal Forum. Dmitry Medvedev attended a plenary session titled Future of the Legal Profession.
6. Head of Russian Audit Chamber bursts into tears when summing up her work before parliament.
7. Bloomberg: What Sanctions? Russian Markets Are Over It.
8. Medvedev confirmed plans to create offshore companies in Russia.
9. RFE/RL: Russian Duma Amends One Antisanctions Bill, Postpones Vote On Another.
10. Meduza: With counter-sanctions like these, who needs sanctions?
11. Vedomosti: Sanctions Victims Refuse the Russian State’s Protection. Big Business Categorically Rejects Adopting Law on Anti-Sanctions.
12. The Unz Review: The Saker, Making Sense of Russian Political Ambiguities.
13. Russian Faith: Steve Turley, A Pro-Life Russia Emerges. “the Russian Orthodox Church has been working very hard to see Russia’s abortion industry overturned completely; they’ve been pushing incrementally for a total ban on abortion”
14. WADA to decide on RUSADA reinstatement after reviewing Russia’s reply on McLaren report.
15. (UK): Michael Yokhin, How Russia wasted seven years ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.
16. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, Liberum Veto and the Monkey and the Pea.
17. Over half of Russians say Syrian conflict can develop into new world war.
18. Asia Times: Tenzin Topden, India’s Russia conundrum: a question of balance.
19. Carnegie Moscow Center: Mikael Zolyan, What to Expect from Armenia’s New Leader. It’s hard to call Pashinyan left- or right-wing, pro-Western or pro-Russian. He has two images: one of a charismatic revolutionary, capable of getting people on the streets to rally behind him, and the other as a pragmatic politician ready to make compromises and form tactical unions.
20. Alexander Mercouris, Armenia’s Pashinyan meets Putin: pledges continued Russian-Armenian friendship. []
21. TASS: Kommersant: US cozying up to Uzbekistan poses a new challenge for Russia, China.
23. Merkel’s 2nd visit to Sochi in a fortnight: Russia-Germany détente on the horizon?
24. TASS: US Department of State clarifies Huntsman’s plans to take part in SPIEF.
25. Atlantic Council: Ariel Cohen, Russia is Anxious About War. Here’s How the United States Should Respond.
26. Interfax: U.S. magazine’s call for bombing of Crimean Bridge reflects opinion of part of U.S. political elite – Aksyonov.
27. AP: Report: Germany Obtained Sample of Novichok in the 1990s.
28. ‘No secret’: Western countries have known Novichok formula for decades, German media report.
29. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Who Is Responsible for the New US-Russian Cold War? A discussion of the Stephen F. Cohen-Michael McFaul debate.
30. The Unz Review: W. Patrick Lang, The President Is Not CinC of the US. (excerpt)
31. TASS: Kremlin says Mueller’s probe is United States’ internal affair.
32. New York Times: Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation.
33. Washington Post: What is Mueller looking at?
34. Never-ending Russia probe could fuel GOP’s midterm message.
35. Rich Lowry, The Russia Temptation.
36. Los Angeles Time: Stein Ringen, Vladimir Putin has turned Russia into an unapologetic autocracy. What’s his end game?
37. Russia Beyond: Beyond the propaganda: 8 great films showing both sides of the Cold War.

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