RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-94 :: Thursday, 24 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#94 :: Thursday, 24 May 2018
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1. Russia Beyond: Why are more and more Russians consciously choosing solitude? [Text with links]
2. Interfax: Increasing life expectancy by 1 year every 1 year is ambitious task – Golikova.
3. Despite sanctions, Putin is pulling the world back to Russia.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, READING RUSSIA RIGHT. (with comments)
5. The National Interest: Dave Majumdar, Former CIA Officials Assess Russia. The Center for the National Interest brought former CIA officials together to examine the state of American analysis of Russia.
6. Alexander Mercouris, Russia’s new government: here’s why Putin chose to stick with his team. Putin sticks with the government which successfully piloted Russia through the sanctions and the oil price fall. (excerpt) [Complete text with links:]
7. Paul Goble: ‘New’ Medvedev Cabinet Shows Russia Becoming an Obscurantist Autocracy, Golts Says.
8. Rumblings of ‘social discontent’ in Russia, but for now Putin is riding high.
9. Bryan MacDonald, Michael McFaul’s memoir: Yesterday’s man rages against the dying of the light. [Text with links:]
10. Interfax: Navalny foundation lawyer Zhdanov detained for organizing unpermitted rally on May 5.
11. Meduza: Russia’s finance minister promises no new taxes, but hints at ‘adjustments’
13. Russia’s output, demand and GDP inch up in April.
14. Putin wants growth but we won’t sacrifice stability, Russia’s central bank governor says.
15. Russia ready to ditch dollar in favor of euro in foreign trade – finance minister.
16. TASS: Izvestia: SPIEF-2018 to become platform for dialogue between Russian, foreign businesses.
17. Moscow Times: Ben Aris, What to Expect From the St. Petersburg Economic Forum . The dominant theme at SPIEF will be: “keep doing what you’re doing, just do it better.”
18. Moscow Times: American Businesses in Russia Are Struggling After U.S. Sanctions, Survey Says.
19. Financial Times: Timothy Ash, Investing in Russia: the good, the bad and the ESG. Environmental, social and governance concerns may weigh on investment decisions.
20. Russia Matters: Michael Kofman, The Collapsing Russian Defense Budget and Other Fairy Tales.
21. The Independent (UK): Anastasia Nesvetailova, We can’t root out Russian ‘dirty money’ – our economy depends on it. Any regulatory change to deal with flows of Russian capital would require a profound overhaul of norms that govern the UK’s financial system. Post-Brexit, as the UK’s options as a global financial centre narrow, it is difficult to imagine this happening.
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Pietro Shakarian, Russia-Armenia Relations and the April Revolution. [Text with links:]
23. Wall Street Journal: Europe Seeks Russia’s Help on Saving Iran Deal, Despite Chill. Macron will meet with Putin on Thursday, at a time when EU relations with Moscow are at post-Cold War low.
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Yaroslav Lissovolik, THE RISING ROLE OF SOUTH-SOUTH INTEGRATION.
25. No Russian missile system ever crossed into Ukraine: MoD rejects Dutch MH17 claims.
26. Ben Aris, IRI poll paints a pretty grim picture of life and politics in Ukraine.
27. TASS: Kommersant: Donbass conflict heating up ahead of World Cup in Russia.
28. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Poroshenko Is In a Spot of Bother.
29. Russians massively break traffic rules on Crimea Bridge.
30. Awful Avalanche: Crimean Bridge Gives Psychological Boost – Part II.
31. Awful Avalanche: Crimean Bridge Gives Psychological Boost – Part III.
32. AP: Kremlin Doubts Ex-Spy’s Daughter’s Statement on Poisoning.
33. Moon of Alabama: British Hostage Video Of Yulia Skripal Released.
34. Craig Murray, Yulia Skripal and the Salisbury WUT.
35. Washington Post: Karen Tumulty, Russia will try again this fall. Congress doesn’t seem to care.
36. Washington Post: Greg Sargent, James Clapper’s bombshell: Russia swung the election. What if he’s right?
37. The Hill: Sharyl Attkisson, 8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump’s campaign.
38. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Framing the Trump Campaign as Lackeys of Russia by Publius Tacitus.
39. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Intel ‘Informants’ and ‘Suspicious Contacts’ Echo Dark Pasts. McCarthyism and firsthand recollections of Soviet surveillance practices.
40. National Review: Conrad Black, The Collapse of the Collusion Narrative. The early righteousness of the anti-Trump lynch-mob has been deflated.

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