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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#117 :: Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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1. Asia Times: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Afghan bounty claim to reset US-Russia relations. Claims that Russia paid rewards to the Taliban to kill US and NATO troops in Afghanistan puts rivals on new strategic edge.
2. New York Post: Intelligence officials cast doubt on Times’ Russia-Taliban bounty scheme: report [DJ: Follow CBS News’ Catherine Herridge to Twitter: @CBS_Herridge]
3. Address to the nation –
4. Veteran Russian liberals Pozner & Pamfilova reject claims that constitutional changes are solely about a Putin 2036 power grab –
5. TASS: Vedomosti: Russia may carry on practice of days-long vote to include all elections.
6. Gilbert Doctorow, Putin’s referendum –
7. AP: Putin a Step Away From Goal as Constitutional Vote Nears End
8. Reuters: Generation Putin comes of age as Russians vote on extending his rule.
9. TASS: Kremlin sees no threats to credibility of vote on Constitution.
10. Wall Street Journal: Q&A: What Does the Russia Vote Mean for Putin? The result of [the] vote isn’t in much doubt, but the outcome could mean far-reaching changes for Russia as he lays plans to prolong his reign.
11. Interfax: Russia reports 6,693 new Covid-19 cases, 154 deaths in past 24 hours – HQ
12. Sputnik: Growing COVID Herd Immunity Shows Russia on Right Path With Its Vaccine Approach, Top Scientist Says –
13. AFP: Russian Arctic sets ‘fantastical’ heat records: weather chief
14. Moscow Times: Explainer: Russia’s Arctic Environmental Disasters
15. Moscow dismisses claims of ‘nuclear leak’ in Russia after increase in radioactivity over N. Europe –
16. Reuters: Russia’s Economic Contraction, Subdued Inflation Suggest More Rate Cuts Likely in 2020.
17. Interfax: Minister sees Russian GDP recovering to 2019 level by Q4 2021, then growing 3%
18. 45% of Russians had no savings before coronavirus pandemic led to spike in unemployment – new survey.
19. Paul Goble: Russians Increasingly Angry that They Live in Poverty in a Country So Rich in Natural Resources
20. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, Post-COVID-19 Sanctions Policies: Are We in for Epidemics of Sanctions? [Report Post-COVID-19 PDF 0.47 MB:]
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Anastasia Likhacheva, From Sanctions to Irreconcilable Differences, or Waiting for a New US Sanctions Programme –
22. TASS: US refuses to ratify CTBT, lays groundwork for resuming nuclear tests, Russia says.
23. Russian International Affairs Council: Alexander Yermakov and Dmitry Stefanovich, Is Non-Nuclear Deterrence Possible? –
24. Russia Matters summary: War on the Rocks: Michael Kofman and Anya Loukianova Fink, Escalation Management and Nuclear Employment in Russian Military Strategy – summary at citing
25. Wall Street Journal: Russia Reinforces Foothold in Libya as Militia Leader Retreats. Moscow delivers more support to warlord Khalifa Haftar while talking with other key players in divided country.
26. Awful Avalanche: Breaking News: Fighting Breaks Out On Russia-China Border –
28. TASS: Izvestia: Trump accused of betraying US military’s interests.
29. RFE/RL: Explainer: What Does Russia Want In Afghanistan?
31. New York Times Book review: Timothy Naftali, How Generations of Russians Have Tried to Influence American Elections (Re RIGGED America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference By David Shimer)

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