RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-96 :: Tuesday, 29 May 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#96 :: Tuesday, 29 May 2018
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1. New York Times: F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware.
2. VIDEO: How to reboot your router to disable Russian-linked malware.
3. Russia Beyond: What languages does Putin speak? (VIDEOS) [Text with]
4. TASS: Putin to hold Q&A marathon on June 7.
5. TASS: Putin vows to abide by two-term limit on consecutive presidential tenures.
6. Carnegie Moscow Center: Kirill Rogov, What Russia’s New Government Tells Us About Succession After Putin. Now in his fourth presidential term, Vladimir Putin faces a succession problem: the constitution prevents him from running again in 2024. With few simple transition options available, Putin may choose a compromise: to hand some presidential powers to the prime minister, increase the ruling party’s role, and introduce a second center of power in the executive branch.
7. Putin might look invincible but the big challenge is keeping Russians happy.
8. Bear Market Brief: Putin calls for quick work at first meeting with new gov’t.
9. High reserves & low debt make Russian economy strong in hard times – IMF. [Text with photos]
10. TASS: World Bank expects accelerated growth of Russian economy based on macroeconomic foundation.
11. ‘We’ll protect Europe’ & other quotes from Putin’s SPIEF forum.
12. Vladimir Putin spoke at the plenary session of the 22nd St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
13. Financial Times: Putin’s St Petersburg forum offers a little respite from western chill. Some big names of politics reach out to Russia and try to patch links.
14. Bryan MacDonald, Sanctions forgotten in St. Petersburg as Putin attracts global big-hitters to his hometown.
15. Washington Post: Despite sanctions, some Americans still want to do business in Russia.
16. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, Putin’s Big Economic Conference Is a Very Big Deal This Year. []
17. TASS: Media: SPIEF gives rise to anti-sanctions coalition backing Russia.
18. Sputnik: Business Ombudsman: Russia Should Prepare to Pull Assets From US Reserves.
19. Paul Goncharoff, Russia’s retail market set to EXPLODE with increased tourism. Hard times in Russia do teach happy economic lessons in sometimes-painful ways.
20. Russia Just Won Big In The European Gas War.
21. Sputnik: Russia, China Moving Forward to Form Strategic Energy Alliance.
23. Paul Goble: Kudrin isn’t Quite the Independent-Minded Liberal Many Think, Pavlova Says.
24. Interfax: Russian govt proposes barring foreign-agent NGOs from anti-corruption examinations – bill.
25. Russia Beyond: 10 restrictions Russia is imposing during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
26. Moscow Times: Maxim Buyev, What the World Cup Could Do for Russia’s Self-Esteem. Is Russia following in Mexico’s footsteps?
27. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Sarabyev, RUSSIA AND SYRIA COMPARE NOTES IN SOCHI.
28. Sean’s Russia Blog: Sean Guillory, Russians on Trump. (interview with Laurence Bogoslaw, editor of “Russians on Trump: Press Coverage and Commentary”)
29. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, DIRTY MONEY, DIRTY POLITICS. (re UK) [Text with links:]
30. TASS: Izvestia: Current US-Russia relations in deep crisis, but not cold war
31. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Uncle Sam Having a Harder Time Recruiting Russians. [Text with links:]
32. National Public Radio (NPR): In Russia, Scant Traces And Negative Memories Of A Century-Old U.S. Intervention.
33. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Draft Version of Scotland Yard’s Statement on Behalf of Sergei Skripal. []
36. Washington Post editorial: A step closer to the true story of the plane shot down over Ukraine.
37. Sputnik: Russian MoD: Missiles Shown By MH17 Investigators Were Decommissioned After 2011.
38. Interfax-Ukraine: Groysman: How many more deaths needed to make the world understand that Russia is wild beast.
39. The Verge: Twitter is treating Bulgarians tweeting in Cyrillic like Russian bots. People are having their accounts suspended and tweets hidden for the crime of using a different alphabet. []
40. Spectator USA: Roger Kimball, For your eyes only: A short history of Democrat-spy collusion. How highly placed members of one administration mobilised the intelligence services to undermine their successors. []
41. Washington Post: Kathleen Parker, Everybody wants respect. Especially Vladimir Putin.
42. Sex not in the top 10 most pleasurable things for Russians.

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