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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#19 :: Monday, 11 February 2019
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1. Russia Beyond: Is Russia a religious or a secular state? [rbth.com/lifestyle/329962-russia-religious-or-secular]
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THREE RUSSIAS.
3. TASS: Kremlin spokesman lauds Putin for tackling pension reform debate with political courage
4. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Putin Again.[unz.com/akarlin/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-putin-again/]
5. The Guardian (UK): Mark Galeotti: ‘We should laugh at Russia more.’ The Russian politics expert on why the west misreads Putin, Trump’s election, the Skripals and why he loathes Game of Thrones.
6. Intellinews.com: Moody’s raises Russia’s rating to investment grade.
7. www.rt.com: Ruble flexes its muscle after Moody’s lifts Russia’s rating to investment grade.
8. The Bell: Why is the Russian economy growing despite Western sanctions?
9. TASS: Putin’s ‘Great Society’ program: Russian government outlines 12 major National Projects.
10. Bear Market Brief: National projects will cost 26 trillion rubles.
[entire archived e-mail newsletter containing this article: mailchi.mp/c60788527493/the-skew-deal?e=b96dba38fd]
11. TASS: Russia embarks on cleaning up nation’s eight most polluted cities by 2024.
12. Paul Goble: Rosstat Can’t be Trusted Until It Becomes Independent, ‘Nezavisimaya gazeta’ Says.
13. Sputnik: Putin Reveals What the Goals of Russian Diplomacy Are.
14. Asia Times: Alexander Kruglov, Gas, guns and pragmatism: Putin’s foreign policy. Russia is going head-to-head with the West as it pursues Eurasian integration and expands its footprint globally.
15. The National Interest: Chas Goldman, The Kremlin’s Key to World Dominance: Climate Change. Imagine the advantages that Russia could reap from the political and economic instability caused by climate change and a global refugee crisis.
16. Reuters: For Putin, economic and political reality dampen appetite for arms race.
17. Carnegie Moscow Center: Vladimir Dvorkin, Preserving Strategic Stability Amid U.S.-Russian Confrontation. (excerpt)
18. Russia Matters: As Russia and US Give Up on INF, ‘New Cold War or Not’ Debate Flares Again. (excerpt)
19. Moscow Times: Dmitoy Stefanovich, The INF Treaty Has Been Nixed. What’s Next? Both sides are planning new missile systems after historic pullout from arms treaty.
20. www.rt.com: INF Treaty is about European security, not American; US left it to get new missiles – Russian envoy. [rt.com/news/451151-inf-us-europe-russian-ambassador/]
21. New York Times editorial: No Winner in a New Arms Race. Are the United States and Russia entering a dangerous new era of unchecked nuclear weapons development?
22. Strategic Culture Foundation: Edward Lozansky, How to Find Something Positive in the Sea of Negativity.
23. Russian International Affairs Council: Ivan Timofeev, The Sanctions Will Grow in Size and Intensity. [russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/the-sanctions-will-grow-in-size-and-intensity/]
24. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, It Looks Like The U.S. Really Does Want To Isolate Russia And China.
25. The National Interest: Lyle Goldstein, The Second Caribbean Crisis? A Russian defense analyst conjures a U.S. military intervention scenario in Venezuela. It is not a pretty picture.
26. TASS: Kommersant: Moscow’s Afghan talks satisfy US, but anger Kabul.
27. www.rt.com: US envoy admits ‘positive’ Russian role in Afghan peace process as generals bemoan ‘lost’ war.
28. Ellen Mickiewicz: Branding: The low-cost, low-yield challenge to analysis.
29. Intellinews.com: Comic Zelenskiy leads record number of candidates for the Ukrainian presidency.
30. Counterpunch.org: Halyna Mokrushyna, The ‘Peacekeeper’ Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine
31. The New Republic: James Bamford, The Spy Who Wasn’t. The U.S. government went looking for someone to blame for Russia’s interference in the 2016 election-and found Maria Butina, the perfect scapegoat.
32. ABCNews.com: Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in her own words: ‘Truth is my best defender.’ Journalist James Bamford shared recorded conversations with Maria Butina.
33. Raw Story: [McFaul:] Putin is happy that Trump is weakening the United States – and it was all part of his ‘strategic’ plan: ex-ambassador. (Michael McFaul)
34. The Hill: John Solomon, The case for Russia collusion … against the Democrats.

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