RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#119 :: Friday, 3 July 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#119 :: Friday, 3 July 2020
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1. TASS: Putin laboring relentlessly to strengthen Russia, says Kremlin.
2. TASS: Russia’s constitutional amendments enter into force July 4.
3. AP: Putin orders amendments extending his rule into constitution.
4. TASS: Izvestia: Russia to change dozens of laws for new constitutional norms.
5. Interfax: Putin gets Russians’ mandate to reset power – expert
6. Intellinews: Ben Aris, Evidence of massive ballot stuffing emerges in Russia’s referendum on constitutional changes
7. The Economist: Parade’s end. A phoney referendum shows Putin’s legitimacy is fading. A proposal to extend his rule passes, buried in a huge package of feel-good measures.
8. Seraphim Hanisch, Russian Constitutional reform handled in surprisingly poor way . Internal division exists, but Russian Federation still has a tremendous reliance upon President Putin as leader –
9. Reuters: One Sole Russian Region Says ‘Nyet’ to Putin, Defying the Kremlin.
10. Financial Times: LGBT activists denounce Putin’s war on liberal values. Amendments passed in Russian president’s referendum include ban on gay marriage.
11. Council on Foreign Relations: Stephen Sestanovich, Will Russia’s Constitutional Changes Allow Putin to Hold on to Power?
12. Washington Post: Timothy Frye, What’s Vladimir Putin’s end game? Other post-Soviet autocrats give a few clues. Here’s why he will try to stay in power.
13. Washington Post: ‘We feel absolutely abandoned’: How the pandemic in Russia tanked the economy and plunged families into crisis
14. Daria Solomennikova, In Russia, a new generation of activists are taking on climate crisis. Against a hostile media – and a powerful fossil lobby, young people in Russia are coming out to build a safe climate future.
15. Do not pass Moscow! Russia extends Covid-19 foreigner entry ban until August.
16. Bloomberg: Nord Stream 2 Could Sever Transatlantic Ties.
17. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: US seeks to cobble together new sanctions against Russia.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Illiberal World Order. The liberal world order was comfortable for the vast majority of states. That is why none of them has become the source of a global military catastrophe in the last 30 years, as happened twice with Germany in the 20th century. The fact that it is becoming a thing of the past is not a reason to rejoice, but the result of a historical development process that cannot be reversed, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Timofei Bordachev –
19. Russian International Affairs Council: Maxim Suchkov, Russia in the Middle East: “Be with Us – and Remain Yourself” –
20. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Happy U.S. Independence Day Wishes from Russia
21. AP: Trump’s two Russias confound coherent U.S. policy
22. Russia Matters: Emily Ferris, Unplugging the Baltic States: Why Russia’s Economic Approach May Be Shifting
23. NYU Jordan Center: Eliot Borenstein, The Lincoln Project’s Red Scare
24. AP: U.S., Russia share a complex and bloody history in Afghanistan
25. The American Conservative: Barbara Boland, House Using Shaky Russian Bounty Story To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan. How convenient. Liz Cheney joins Democrats leading the charge.
26. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Larry Johnson, Bounties for Taliban? The New Big Russia Lie –
27. Counterpunch: Joshua Tartakovsky, Sergei Khrushchev: An Eulogy from His Close Student –
28. Kennan Institute: Kateryna Odarchenko, The Map of Political Forces in Today’s Ukraine
29. The Unz Review: John Ryan, Bill Browder, a Billionaire Accused of Being a Fraud and Liar –
30. Just Security: Michael Carpenter, Why is Trump Turning a Blind Eye to Russia’s Covert Warfare?

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