RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2019-#13 :: Monday, 21 January 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#13 :: Monday, 21 January 2019
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1. Sarah Lindemann-Komarova. “Winter. What do we do in the village ” Pushkin “Зима. Что делать нам в деревне?” Пушкин. (photos)
2. Trust in Putin slides to 13-year low of 33.4% in January.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: RUSSIA WITHOUT PUTIN. (re ‘Russia without Putin’ by Tony Wood)
4. Vedomosti: Editorial says Russians want social, economic equality, distrust state.
5. Russia Reviewed: 9 books I don’t mind being excited about this year.
6. Paul Goble: Growth of Public History in Russia ‘Democratizing Memory,’ New Study Says.
7. The World’s Most Geopolitically Charged Pipeline.(Nord Stream 2)
8. TASS: German government has no legal grounds to interfere in Nord Stream-2 project – minister.
9. IOC knew Russian athletes were clean, but concealed evidence of their innocence – lawyer. 10. TASS: Online anonymity to end? Russian minister predicts IDs will be introduced to use Internet. []
10. TASS: Online anonymity to end? Russian minister predicts IDs will be introduced to use Internet.
11. Wall Street Journal: Russia Accuses Facebook, Twitter of Failing to Comply With Data Laws. Social-media giants’ servers for storing Russian’s personal data must be located in Russia, says watchdog.
12. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Minsk continues to haggle over integration proposals.
13. RFE/RL: Analysis: Under Moscow Pressure, Could Belarus’s Balancing Act Come Crashing Down?
14. Ars Technica: The longstanding NASA-Russian partnership in space may be unraveling. Russia is less and less a space super power.
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kortunov, The World After the INF Treaty: How to Get Out of the Dead Zone.
16. TASS: Army medic helping save Skripals ‘extraordinary coincidence’, says Russian embassy.
17. Moon of Alabama: Coincidence? – Chief Nurse Of British Army Was First To Arrive At Novichoked Skripal Scene. []
18. New York Times: Peter Baker, U.S. Policy on Russia? Trump and His Team Might Give Different Answers. President Trump says that he has done more to counter Russian aggression than other recent presidents. But, officials say, Mr. Trump has gone along with such actions reluctantly or under pressure.
19. Russia in Global Affairs: Ivan Safranchuk, Russian-U.S. Relations: Torn between the Practical and Ideational Agendas. Resume: Hypothetically, Russia and the U.S. may stop escalating their war of ideas if their material interests do not cross. This would be possible if they divide their zones of influence and respect them.
20. Wall Street Journal: Russia Flexes Its Muscle in the Middle East. Moscow looks for stronger ties with traditional allies of the U.S.
21. TASS: Izvestia: Russian, Japanese leaders return for Round 25 of negotiations on peace treaty.
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, Russia-Japan Dialogue: The Sanctions Factor.
23. Mikhail Khodarenok, Is Russia-Ukraine war possible? []
24. Brookings: Strobe Talbott and Maggie Tennis, 25 years after Ukraine denuclearized, Russian aggression continues to rise.
25. Russia in Global Affairs: Nikolai Petrov. The Tragedy of Ukraine. Resume: It is worth recalling that, back in May 2014, the Verkhovna Rada recognized the need to prioritize reconciliation. Adopted just five days before the presidential elections, had this policy actually been implemented, Ukraine’s subsequent history might have been very different.
26. Russia Stealing Magnetic North, Report Claims.
27. Washington Post editorial: Facebook’s success at removing Russian-linked accounts shines light on a troubling reality.
28. New York Times: Roger Cohen, The Strange Persistent Troubling Russian Hang-Up of Donald Trump. Trump’s agenda in Europe is Putin’s agenda in Europe. Is that really a coincidence?
29. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley A. Strassel, What Bruce Ohr Told the FBI. The Justice Department official’s testimony raises new doubts about the bureau’s honesty.
30. Twitter: Doug Johnson Hatlem, Are we now over 50 major news stories that have had to be retracted or seriously corrected, all in the same direction, wrt Russia since 2016?
31. Facebook: Fred Weir, Russiagate inquiry.
32. Caitlin Johnstone, MSM Begs For Trust After BuzzFeedNews Debacle . On Thursday BuzzFeedNews delivered the latest “bombshell” Russia-gate report to fizzle within 24 hours of its publication, one in a long series of wrong Russia-gate stories that have the media begging for forgiveness.

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