RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-91 :: Monday, 21 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#91 :: Monday, 21 May 2018
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1. Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York): SUNY New Paltz graduates told to help preserve democracy, beware of fake news. (excerpt)
2. Michael McFaul, Putin Hazed Me: How I Was Stalked, Harassed and Surveilled by Kremlin Stooges.
3. Russia Beyond: Why was it so dangerous to live in Russia in the 90s?
4. Ben Aris, Russian government gets a new programme and people.
5. Vedomosti: Media: New cabinet appointed as reforms are around the corner.
6. Bloomberg: Stability is great, but stagnation threatens. `Tested by Fire,’ Veterans of Default Stay in Charge Under Putin.
7. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, After four years of Western sanctions, Russia digs in for long haul. While the West’s sanctions against Russia have been in place for four years now, it’s easy to lose sight of just how effective they are. In fact, Russia has largely handled them. But the latest round of US sanctions and a set of new Russian “counter-sanctions” may be about to make the sanctions war much more costly.
8. Russians say Putin, military power & unique spirit make them glorious nation.
9. Paul Goble: Russians Don’t Want Leaders Who Resemble Intellectuals, Sociologist Says.
10. Vedomosti: Russian pundit decries ‘state-centric’ economy, political system. (Andrei Kolesnikov)
11. Navalny’s allies found another political party, choose “Russia of the Future” for name.
12. Carnegie Moscow Center: Maximilian Hess and Lincoln Pigman, For Navalny, Foreign and Domestic Policy Are One. Alexei Navalny believes that Russia spends too much effort and money on foreign adventures. Yet he cleaves to many establishment ideas about Russia’s role in its neighborhood and is far from advocating the kind of rapprochement with the West for which many foreign observers hope.
13. St. Petersburg International Economic Forum expects 15,000 participants from over 100 countries.
14. Is Russia About To Abandon The OPEC Deal?
15. China, US sanctions likely to be discussed at ‘agenda-less’ meeting between Putin & Modi.
16. The National Interest: Matthew RJ Brodsky, Russia Is Reaping the Benefits of Israel’s Actions in Syria. For Putin, the path to consolidating his Syrian achievements may lie in an agreement with Israel that further solidifies Russia’s status.
17. Russia Matters: Mark Katz, Can Moscow Mediate Between Israel and Iran in Syria?
18. The National Interest: Nikolay Pakhomov, Here Is One of the Biggest Lessons from Trump’s Withdrawal from the Iran Deal. The U.S. withdrawal shows that American sanctions against one country can have negative, “collateral” effects on others.
19. Sputnik: Business Remains Last Constructive Relationship Between Russia and US – AmCham.
20. TASS: Krasnaya Zvezda: US violates short, intermediate range missiles deal.
21. PONARS Eurasia: Keith Darden, Keeping the “New Cold War” Cold: Nuclear Deterrence With U.S. and Russian Nuclear Force Modernization (excerpt)
22. Kennan Institute: Michael Corbin, Kennan Cable No. 33: A Russian Pivot to Asia? Russian Trade with Asia from 2006 to 2016 (excerpt)
23. Maximilian Hess, China Has Decided Russia Is Too Risky an Investment. The economics of a major oil deal seemed to make sense. But when energy companies are arms of the state, economics aren’t the only factor.
24. Interfax: U.S. launches Ukrainian-made Antares rocket with cargo resupply ship to ISS. [DJ: Woke me up this morning where I live next-door in Chincoteague.]
25. TASS: Possible deployment of UN mission to Donbass still on agenda – Kremlin.
26. New Europe: US Rep to Ukraine tells Kyiv it won’t recapture areas lost to Russia.
27. Moscow Times: Andrei Kolesnikov, The End of the Annexation . With the completion of the Kerch Bridge, the West has no hope of haggling over Crimea.
28. Sputnik: US Journalist Urging to Blow Up Crimean Bridge Claims He Got Support From Kiev.
29. PONARS Eurasia: Volodymyr Ishchenko, Nationalist Radicalization Trends in Post-Euromaidan Ukraine. (excerpt)
30. Forward: Lev Golinkin, Violent Anti-Semitism Is Gripping Ukraine – And The Government Is Standing Idly By.
31. Kyiv Post editorial: Image problem.
32. Awful Avalanche: Crimean Bridge Gives Psychological Boost – Part I.
33. Francis A Boyle: NYT Obit on Dick Pipes.
34. Gilbert Doctorow: Richard Pipes.
35. Ira Straus: Richard Pipes RIP.
36. Daniel Lazare, Making Excuses for Russiagate. As months turn into nearly two years and no solid evidence emerges to nail Russia for nabbing Election 2016, some big Russia-gate cheerleaders are starting to cover their tracks. [Text with links:]
37. Justin Raimondo, A Spy in the House of Trump. Stefan Halper, a veteran dirty trickster, outed.
38. Edward Lozansky: Trump-Putin petition.

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