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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#9 :: Tuesday, 15 January 2019
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1. Vedomosti: Russian analytical report views international threats in 2019.
2. Meduza: Thousands of Russians have joined something called the ‘Union SSR’ trade union, calling themselves Soviet citizens and refusing to pay their bills.
3. Interfax: Poverty levels depend directly on education – Golikova.
4. RFE/RL: Putin Orders Creation Of National Waste-Collection System In Wake Of Landfill Protests.
5. Paul Goble: Russia’s Periodical Press, in Free Fall Last Five Years, Continues to Contract.
6. TASS: Izvestia: Russia won’t respond to US ultimatum on INF, but ready for dialogue.
7. Wall Street Journal: Russia Warns U.S. Moves Threaten 2011 Nuclear Pact. Moscow escalates dispute over New Start arms deal as separate INF treaty is on verge of collapse.
8. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Dmitri Trenin, Russian views of US nuclear modernization.
9. TASS: PM Medvedev believes global trend of abandoning dollar will only grow.
10. Sputnik: De-dollarization: Scholars on Why Russia Bought Quarter of World Yuan Reserves. [sputniknews.com/analysis/201901151071496321-russia-yuan-dollar/]
11. TASS: US wields censorship baton: Kremlin warns net users vulnerable to Washington’s whims.
12. Intellinews.com: The share of Russians that want the government to resign rose to over half in December.
13. Bear Market Brief: Bills on disrespect of government gathers criticism. [link to archive of full issue of email newsletter: mailchi.mp/51322d421ea5/grouchland-tales?e=b96dba38fd]
14. Riddle: Vladislav Inozemtsev, The Ubiquity of Russian Pessimism. [ridl.io/en/the-ubiquity-of-russian-pessimism/]
15. Wall Street Journal: Konstantin Dobrynin, Russia’s Future Is Rapped in an Enigma. Musicians have helped spur an antiestablishment moment that could loosen Putin’s grip on the culture.
16. www.rbth.ru: Why do 76% of Russians refuse to believe that the Americans were on the Moon? [rbth.com/lifestyle/329840-russians-refuse-apollo-11]
17. Bloomberg: Russia Sees ‘Significant Differences’ With Japan on Islands.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Dmitry Streltsov, Russia-Japan: Softening Negotiations with Unpredictable Prospects. [valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/russia-japan-softening-negotiations/]
19. TASS: Kommersant: Belarus flirts with West.
20. Wall Street Journal: Belarus in Talks to Boost U.S. Presence. Discussions mark a turn away from Russia for former Soviet state, could worsen relations between Moscow and Washington.
21. www.rt.com: US plans expansion to Arctic in bid to challenge Russia, but can it? [rt.com/news/448824-us-navy-arctic-russia-china/]
22. The American Conservative: Ted Galen Carpenter, Russia Sure Behaves Strangely for a Country Bent on Conquest. Its conduct has been abrasive and aggressive, but there’s no evidence that Moscow harbors expansionist ambitions.
23. Washington Post: Philip Bump, That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist. (excerpt)
24. PBS Newshour: ‘Plenty’ is still unknown about Trump’s interactions with Putin, says former NSC staffer. (with Andrew Weiss and David Kris)
25. The Federalist: Molly Hemingway, NYT Reveals FBI Retaliated Against Trump For Comey Firing. A Friday expose from the New York Times reveals that the FBI investigation of Trump for alleged treason was little more than retaliation against the president for lawfully firing an incompetent and ethically challenged FBI director.
26. Wall Street Journal editorial: How About Some Russia Facts? If Trump hates media innuendo, he can release the FBI documents.
27. New York Times editorial: Donald Trump: The Russia File. Americans deserve to know what the president and Vladimir Putin are talking about.
28. Patricia Dowden: Call for Papers: Business Ethics and National Patterns of Behavior: The Economics Profession in Russia.

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