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1. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Pundit views Russia’s relations with Germany, EU amid ‘US diktat.’ (Fyodor Lukyanov)
2. New York Times: Richard Pipes, Historian of Russia and Reagan Aide, Dies at 94.
3. Boston Globe: Richard Pipes, authority on Russia and Soviet Union, and a Reagan-era hardliner, dies at 94.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, RICHARD PIPES, 1923-2018.
5. Moscow Times: Putin Favors Status Quo With New Government Lineup.
6. TASS: Russian PM Medvedev presents candidates for new cabinet.
7. Putin signs decree on new government with all candidates proposed by Medvedev.
8. TASS: RBC: Russian ministries offer different options of upping retirement age.
9. TASS: Upper house speaker proposes upping Russia’s retirement age by 6 months over 10 years.
10. Ben Aris, Oil tops $80 a barrel and changes Russia’s fiscal landscape.
11. Russian stock market brushes off US sanctions, trading near all-time high.
12. Bear Market Brief: Tougher sanctions on state companies could trigger recession.
13. TASS: Kommersant: Media watchdog faces uphill battle to block Telegram in Russia.
14. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 17 MAY 2018. [Text with links]
15. TASS: US companies are free to decide whether to go to SPIEF or not – US State Department.
16. US threatens to punish Russia & Germany if they continue playing with gas.
17. Bloomberg: Rapprochement With Russia Is Now a Core Policy Objective for Germany.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Nora Topor Kalinskij, NORD STREAM 2: CATCH-22 FOR GERMANY.
19. Paul Gonchariff, Russia slaps US, Europe with counter-sanctions. Perhaps Washington, London and Brussels should try presenting Russia a “Reset” button again, but this time correctly spelled.
20. TASS: Izvestia: Russia’s national payment system expands reach to BRICS.
21. Haaretz (Israel): Putin Meets Assad, Says ‘Foreign Armed Forces Will Start Leaving Syria’
22. Interfax: Russian-U.S. dialogue on Syria still intensive – Ryabkov.
23. The National Interest: John Mueller, The Price for Peace in Syria Is Cooperation with Assad.
24. Moon of Alabama: Syria – Inconsistent, Incomplete And Implausible – The OPCW Report On Saraqib Is Another Disgrace. []
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Dmitry Suslov, NEW US EURASIAN STRATEGY AND CENTRAL ASIA.
26. Paul Goble: Despite Appearances, Russian Society is Neither Patriarchal nor Traditional, Savvin Says.
27. New York Times: Dmitry Volkov, Don’t Isolate the Russians. It’s What Putin Wants.
28. TASS: Salisbury investigation continues – Met Police.
29. Financial Times: Ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal released from hospital.
30. Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital after being poisoned by ‘deadly’ agent.
31. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Did Trump Collude? Depends on Your Expectations. Absent definitive evidence, guilt is in the eye of the beholder.
32. AP: 1 Year on, Robert Mueller Is Everywhere and Nowhere.
33. Los Angeles Times: Approval of Russia investigation slips as Trump’s ramped-up attacks solidify his base against it.
34. The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign.
35. Jacobin: Branko Marcetic, The Shocking Truth About Russia’s Troll Campaign.The Russian Facebook ads that destroyed American democracy have now been released. Try not to laugh – it’s serious business. []
36. Collusion everywhere? US media suspect Mueller of links to Russian billionaire.
37. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, Was Trump’s Campaign ‘Set Up’? At some point, the Russia investigation became political. How early was it?
38. Sean’s Russia Blog: David Johnson in the Moscow News.

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