RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2019-6 :: Wednesday, 9 January 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#6 :: Wednesday, 9 January 2019
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1. The Blogmire: Rob Slane, Summing up the Official Claims in the Salisbury Poisonings: Weighed in the Balances and Found Wanting.
2. The Guardian: Soldier, spy: more details of Vladimir Putin’s past revealed. Russian president, on a visit to a fortress, says he commanded a howitzer artillery battalion.
5. TASS: Inflation in Russia in 2018 remained low, economy grew despite sanctions–World Bank.
6. Russian inflation, growth to remain low in 2019 says World Bank.
7. TASS: Vedomosti: Russia ‘more corrupt than one might expect’, says EBRD Chief Economist.
8. HEATMAPS: Unemployment is mostly defeated but pay is not high enough. (excerpt)
9. The Guardian (UK): Barbara von Ow-Freytag, In former Soviet states, a new tech-savvy resistance is stirring. From Russia to Armenia to Belarus there has been a surge in online justice campaigns. And it’s making a difference
10. Europe is fast-becoming a natural gas battleground for Russia and the US.
11. RFE/RL: Blacklisted Russian Space Chief Says ‘Victim’ Of Trump-Congress Rivalry.
12. Financial Times: Russia reaches ‘understanding’ with anti-doping body on data transfer.
13. Carnegie Moscow Center: Ivan Zuenko, The Vladivostok Phenomenon: Should Russia Eliminate Visa Requirements for Chinese Tourists? In 2015, Russia introduced visa-free travel for South Koreans. Since then, Korean tourism to Vladivostok has skyrocketed, bringing an economic windfall to the city. That, in turn, has become an argument for lifting the visa regime with China. But several issues stand in the way.
14. The Diplomat: Valentin Voloshchak, A Closer Look at South Korea’s Plan for Cooperation With Russia. Exploring the viability of Moon Jae-in’s Nine Bridges plan.
15. Sputnik: Russian Deputy FM Explains Why Moscow Doubts Full US Withdrawal From Syria.
16. Foreign Affairs: Ilan Goldenberg and Nicholas A. Heras, If Trump Wants to Get Out of Syria, He Should Do a Deal With Russia. Making the Best of a Bad Idea.
17. BBC: Russia in Africa: Is it becoming a key player?
18. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, Enforce the Monroe Doctrine on Russian Moves in Latin America. The Trump administration needs to adopt a firmer policy toward Moscow’s intrusions into Latin America.
19. The Hill: William Courtney, Russia’s next moves in Venezuela should be closely monitored.
20. Bryan MacDonald, In Western media, publishing fake news about Russia is a good career move…with no consequences.

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