RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#138 :: Friday, 31 July 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#138 :: Friday, 31 July 2020
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1. Despite city reopening, Moscow’s July Covid-19 infection down 50% on June – but mayor warns situation may worsen again in fall.
2. Russian & US scientists vow to fight Covid-19 PANDEMIC together amidst political animosity.
3. Moscow Times: Alexander Baunov, The Perils of Perestroika: Why Putin Chose to Prolong His Rule. To answer why Putin decided to stay on, observers must examine the president’s views on Russia’s twentieth-century history and the legacy he inherited from his two predecessors.
4. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrei Kolesnikov, Russia’s Permanent Revolution of Dignity. Each new wave of Russian protests since 2011 – whether political or initially depoliticized (over landfills, housing development projects and so on) – is at heart prompted by an insult to people’s dignity.
5. Interfax: Putin signs law allowing 3-day voting in elections, referenda
6. Ciara Haley, At first, #MeToo failed to take off in Russia – can it transcend Moscow’s liberal circles at the second attempt? (Excerpt) –
7. Moscow Times: Fire and Brimstone: The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Coronavirus-Denying Rebel Priest.
8. Russia Beyond: 3 Russian movies at the 2020 Venice Film Festival –
9. Moscow Times: ‘The Master and Margarita’ Named Most Popular Russian Prison Read
10. RFE/RL: Pompeo Says U.S. Will ‘Do Everything’ To Stop Nord Stream 2 Project.
11. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kortunov, A Year Without the INF Treaty: You Need an Umbrella During Rainy Season –
12. Finian Cunningham, Why the US really accuses Russia & China of weaponizing space –
13. Russian International Affairs Council: Alexey Khlebnikov, The Future of Humanitarian Aid Delivery to Syria: What is Russia’s Rationale? –
14. Meduza: Moscow’s cozy vista. Belarusian and Russian political experts explain the Kremlin’s options in Minsk ahead of an uncertain presidential election.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Detention of Russians in Belarus might force Moscow to keep border closed.
16. Intellinews: Huge crowd turns out in Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s support rally-concert in Minsk. Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s campaign for president has already gathered inspiring momentum with a huge rally in Minsk attended by an estimated 63,000 people.
17. It’s Time for Lukashenko to Prepare Three Envelopes –
18. The Economist editorial: Putin’s pal in peril. The right way to get rid of President Alexander Lukashenko. If change comes to Belarus, let it be peaceful.
19. Counterpunch: T.J. Coles, The Space Wars Have Begun –
20. Council on Foreign Relations: [U.S.] Election Spotlight: Russia.
21. Danny Sjursen, The Russians Are(n’t) Coming!: Paul Reveres, the Washington Hawks Are Not. One’s opinion on the multiplicity of Russia-inflected-“gates” is now a lucidity litmus test. Spoiler alert: D.C. is apparently an open-air psych ward –
23. UNIAN (Kyiv): Kravchuk names possible compromises with Russia on Donbas.
24. The National Interest: Iuliia Mendel, Why Ukraine Really Is On the Road to Reform. We need to change the narrative of self-victimization in society and aggressive manners towards each other.
25. New Cold War: Dmitriy Kovalevich, July update: the challenges of war and independence in Ukraine. (Excerpt) –
26. Reuters: U.S. Lawmakers Offer Bill to Boost Aid for Ukraine Military.
27. Foreign Policy: Democrats See Senate Republicans Vulnerable Due to Trump’s Russia Problem

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