In New ‘Great Game.’ West Wants to Use Central Asia against Russia and China, Vinnik Says

Map of CIS Central Asia and Environs

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 20, 2020) When the USSR disintegrated, Western countries tried to establish conventional relations with the countries of Central Asia, setting up military bases and expanding security arrangements in order to strengthen the independence of these regimes both internally and from Moscow, Dmitry Vinnik says. But that policy has failed, according to […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 30” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 30, 2020) Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and prevent its spread within the country.Aleksander Avilov / Moskva News Agency As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 33,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent […]

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VIDEO RUSSIALINK: “Take a Hermitage Tour; Walk and walk and walk some more through the Hermitage Museum (Video)” – Moscow Times

File Photo of Hermitage Art Museum

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 18, 2020) If you have time on your hands and a deep love of Western art and Russian architectural extravagence, take a look at this. Five hours, one continuous shot, 45 halls and 588 works of art in the Hermitage Museum, all filmed on an iPhone without recharging. themoscowtimes.com/2020/03/18/take-a-hermitage-tour-a69670 [Additional information russianlife.com/stories/the-russia-file/5-hour-phone-film/: Apple recently […]

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Post-Soviet State Responses to COVID-19: Making or Breaking Authoritarianism?

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(PONARS Eurasia – Marlene Laruelle, Madeline McCann – March 24, 2020) Marlene Laruelle is Research Professor, Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Director of the Central Asia Program, and Co-director of PONARS Eurasia at George Washington University. Madeline McCann is Program Coordinator for PONARS Eurasia at George Washington University. (PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Pandemics are […]

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The Oil Price War of 2020: Winners, Losers and Ways Forward

Oil Well file photo

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Li-Chen Sim – March 25, 2020) Li-Chen Sim, an assistant professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, is an expert on the political economy of energy in Russia and in the Middle East. Two broad themes have dominated analyses about the failure of OPEC+ to arrive at a new consensus on oil production […]

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What Lies Behind Russia’s Coronavirus Containment Effort

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(Kennan Institute – wilsoncenter.org/program/kennan-institute – Judy L. Twigg – March 24, 2020) Professor of Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University Russia is on edge. Its current reported COVID-19 case count lags considerably some of its European and Asian neighbors’ counts, with fewer than 500 confirmed infections as of March 23. The prospect of those numbers accelerating has already prompted a slew […]

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What Exactly Is Going On With Russia’s Low Coronavirus Numbers?

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Mike Eckel – March 24, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/what-exactly-is-going-on-with-russia-s-low-coronavirus-numbers-/30507115.html) A woman, a 69-year-old Muscovite, died on March 24 at a clinic in the Russian capital specializing in treatment of the coronavirus. Authorities said she died of cancer that she had been battling, not the […]

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RUSSIALINK: “‘The Government Doesn’t Believe in Small Businesses. The Feeling’s Mutual.'” – Moscow Times

Cash, Calculator, Pen

Russia’s Entrepreneurs Scramble For a Lifeline. Coronavirus has hit Russia’s smallest businesses hard. Putin’s support package could be too little, too late. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jake Cordell – March 26, 2020) Last week, Alla Komissarova sent a letter to her landlords, asking them to show a little flexibility towards the rent due for her two Moscow chocolate workshops […]

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The Cost Of The Oil Price War Is Growing For Russia

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(Oilprice.com – Irina Slav – March 25, 2020) Russia’s economy needs about a trillion rubles, or roughly $12.7 billion a month over the next few months to emerge stable from the coronavirus pandemic and the oil price crash Russia’s economy needs about a trillion rubles, or roughly $12.7 billion a month over the next few months to emerge stable from […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “‘They need to quarantine Moscow’; How small businesses in Russia’s capital are scrambling to stay afloat as coronavirus clobbers the economy” – Meduza

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“… The news website RBC estimates that shutting down for a single day costs the average shopping and entertainment center in Moscow and the surrounding region roughly 60-155 million rubles (between $775,800 and $2 million). Fitness clubs … will lose as much as 300,000 rubles ($3,900) a day, while coffee shops in the city center will lose 100,000-200,000 rubles ($1,290-$2,585) […]

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Putin Makes Plea For Sanctions Relief At G20 Summit

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(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – March 26, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/30511615.html) Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed at a Group of 20 (G20) video conference that a freeze be placed on economic sanctions to allow countries to better combat the coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 500,000 worldwide […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Aeroflot Still Flying Limited International Routes Despite Virus Grounding Order” – Moscow Times

File Photo of Airplane Approaching Runway About to Land

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 27, 2020) Russia’s state carrier Aeroflot is continuing to operate a limited number of flights abroad despite the Russian government’s order to ground all international flights that took effect at midnight Friday. The government decree published Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all regular and charter flights to and from other countries, with the […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Spend an Evening at the Bolshoi; The ‘golden collection’ of ballet and opera will be broadcast online free” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 27, 2020) The Bolshoi Theater, like every other theater in Moscow, has had to close its doors until mid-April (if not longer). But to keep up the spirits of all ballet and opera lovers, they are putting up six of their best performances on YouTube for free, starting with “Swan Lake” this Friday. All […]

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RUSSIALINK: “‘Nuclear Reaction’: Russian Medics Warn of ‘Explosive’ Coronavirus Spread” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 26, 2020) Russian doctors are preparing for an “explosive” escalation of the coronavirus situation across the country as the country’s number of cases began to increase exponentially, Moscow’s top infectious diseases specialist said Wednesday. As of Thursday, Russia has confirmed 840 cases of coronavirus and three deaths. Wednesday and Thursday saw Russia’s largest one-day […]

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Contagious Solidarity: As Russia Faces Growing COVID-19 Crisis, Independent Activists Gear Up To Help

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Lyubov Chizhova, Aleksandr Litoi, Robert Coalson – ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, March 25, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/contagious-solidarity-as-russia-faces-growing-covid-19-crisis-independent-activists-gear-up-to-help/30509363.html) Aleksandra Krylenkova is a human rights activist with a long track record. In recent months, she has been campaigning in support of the defendants in the so-called Network […]

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Russia’s Unexpected Advantage In The Oil Price War

Oil Well file photo

(Oilprice.com – Tsvetana Paraskova – March 25, 2020) While the ruble is now at its lowest level against the dollar in four years, the cheaper ruble has a silver lining for Russia’s oil producers in the oil price war for market share with Saudi Arabia. The collapse of the OPEC+ deal and oil prices has hit Russia’s financial markets and […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Overturns First Jehovah’s Witnesses Convictions” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 26, 2020) A Russian court has overturned the convictions of six Jehovah’s Witnesses accused of extremism, marking the first instance of the group’s worshippers having their verdicts overturned in Russia, the group announced Wednesday. The court in Penza, some 550 kilometers southeast of Moscow, handed five adherents suspended two-year prison sentences in December. The […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#56 :: Friday, 27 March 2020

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Coronavirus could crash Russia’s already overstretched healthcare system

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

Russia’s healthcare system was already working at full capacity before coronavirus. We spoke to one of the people organising Russian healthcare workers on workloads, optimisation and wages. (Opendemocracy.net – Elena Platonova – March 25, 2020) Elena Platonova is a journalist and correspondent for the finance section of the Russian publication Gazeta.ru. She researches and writes on education, gender and migration, […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#55 :: Thursday, 26 March 2020

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Coronavirus Forces Putin to Delay Vote That Could Keep Him in Power” – Wall Street Journal/ Ann M. Simmons

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

Referendum originally planned for April is final hurdle to allowing Russia’s president to potentially stay in office until 2036 “In his first address to the nation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic … Putin told citizens that an April referendum on changes to the country’s constitution would be postponed to help curb the spread of the illness. The national […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 25” – Moscow Times

Coronavirus File Photo adapted from image at cdc.gov

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 25, 2020) As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 18,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 658 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. March 25: […]

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From Polar Bears to Nuclear Weapons, U.S. and Russia Still Talk (Even If It’s Past Each Other)

Stylized Russian and U.S. Flags, 200, 1807-2007

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Simon Saradzhyan – March 20, 2020) Simon Saradzhyan is the founding director of Russia Matters. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. A popular talking point for many watchers of U.S.-Russian relations is to warn that reduced communication between the two countries, caused by the enduring animosities between Moscow and […]

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Taming the Leviathan: How Russians Learn to Counter the State

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(PONARS Eurasia – Andrei Semenov – March 20, 2020) Andrei Semenov is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Perm State University and Associate Research Scholar at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. (PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo) Among the distinctive features of Vladimir Putin’s 20 years in power, the resurgence of the state […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#54 :: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

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RUSSIALINK: “Number of officially recorded Covid-19 cases in Russia rises by 57 to 495 over past 24 hours” – Interfax

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(Interfax – March 24, 2020) MOSCOW. March 24 (Interfax) – The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Russia has increased from 438 to 495 over the past 24 hours, according to the Stopcoronavirus state website monitoring the coronavirus situation in Russia. “Fifty-seven new cases of the novel coronavirus infection have been registered in 14 regions in Russia over the past […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#53 :: Tuesday, 24 March 2020

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RUSSIALINK: “Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 23” – Moscow Times

Kremlin and Saint Basil's File Photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 23, 2020) As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 14,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 438 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. Below are […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#52 :: Monday, 23 March 2020

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Russia Sees Oil & Gas Income Fall By Almost $40 Billion

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(Oilprice.com – Tsvetana Paraskova – March 18, 2020) Russia’s revenues from oil and gas will be US$39.5 billion (3 trillion rubles) lower than planned, due to the tumbling oil prices, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday, adding that Russia’s budget will be in deficit this year. The coronavirus pandemic and the lower economic activity, coupled with oil prices […]

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Constitutional Change a Turning Point in Russia’s History and Quite Possibly Not in the Direction Moscow Wants, Garifullin Says

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 14, 2010) Most residents of the Russian Federation are at present indifferent as far as the constitutional amendments are concerned either because they have been reduced from the status of citizens to mere populace or because no one has explained why these changes are needed or what they will mean, Ilnar […]

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The Inevitable Outcome Of The Oil Price War

Middle East Map

(Oilprice.com – Simon Watkins – March 19, 2020) One might reasonably posit that when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) signalled that Saudi Arabia was once again going to produce oil to the maximum to crash oil prices in a full-scale oil price war, Russian President Vladimir Putin probably fell off the horse he was riding bare-chested somewhere in Siberia […]

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With Europe In Lockdown, Skeptical Russians Are Told: ‘No Reason To Panic’

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(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Matthew Luxmoore – MOSCOW, March 20, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/with-europe-in-lockdown-skeptical-russians-are-told-no-reason-to-panic-/30498837.html) The COVID-19 pandemic has spread throughout China, Western Europe, and the United States, threatening to paralyze major economies and subjecting much of the world’s population to state-enforced lockdowns. Leaders are warning of disruptions to […]

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RUSSIALINK: “‘We Don’t Have Enough Intensive Care Beds’: Coronavirus Will Test Russia’s Creaking Healthcare System” – Moscow Times

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

Doctors are worried that the coronavirus pandemic will expose equipment shortages and old facilities. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jake Cordell, Evan Gershkovich – March 19, 2020) For the past five years, nurse Svetlana Shchedrina has been stowing away protective masks and latex gloves. Right now she has two large boxes of each. Shchedrina, 37, told The Moscow Times she […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | March 20”- Moscow Times

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 20, 2020) As the new coronavirus that has killed more than 10,000 people continues to spread around the world, Russia has stepped up its measures to tackle the pandemic and prevent its spread within the country. There have been 199 cases of coronavirus infections reported in Russia so far and one death. Below are […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#51 :: Friday, 20 March 2020

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Says It Has Very Few Coronavirus Cases. The Numbers Don’t Tell the Full Story. Experts say Russia’s testing procedures have been hampered by bureaucracy.” – Moscow Times

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Evan Gershkovich, Pjotr Sauer – March 18, 2020) Russia’s official statistics indicate that the country has virtually no coronavirus within its borders. With 116,000 tests for the coronavirus carried out and 114 returning positive, Russia’s ratio of tests to positive cases is 0.09%, the lowest among all of the countries infected by the coronavirus. The […]

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Putin ‘Much Greater Problem’ for Russia than Coronavirus, Falling Oil Prices or War in Syria ‘Taken Together,’ Inozemtsev Says

Putin Descending a Staircase

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 9, 2020) Russia can cope with any of the challenges it faces, including the coronavirus, the sharp decline in oil prices, or the conflict in Syria, but it currently finds itself incapable of dealing with “the fatal inability of [Putin] to react to the situation and adapt his actions,” Vladislav Inozemtsev […]

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Russia Makes Move On Antarctica’s 513 Billion Barrels Of Oil

Antarctica Map

(Oilprice.com – Simon Watkins – March 16, 2020) Rosgeologia’s seismic surveys and other related work since the 70s to now indicate that there is at least 513 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalent in Antarctica, and Moscow has now set its sights on the world’s most underexplored continent Given the march that it has stolen on everyone else in […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Situation thus far not developing in best way, Russia to see budget deficit in 2020 – Siluanov” – Interfax

Anton Siluanov file photo

MOSCOW. March 18 (Interfax) – The Russian government is diverting from its macroeconomic forecast for 2020: the budget will see a deficit and National Wealth Fund (NWF) resources will need to be used, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said while speaking at the annual meeting of the Federal Treasury board. Opening the board meeting, Siluanov remarked on the fact that it […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#50 :: Thursday, 19 March 2020

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COVID- 19: The View from Siberia

Coronavirus File Photo adapted from image at cdc.gov

Subject: COVID-19: The View From Siberia Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2020 From: Sarah Lindemann-Komarova <echosiberia@gmail.com> COVID- 19: The View from Siberia By Sarah Lindemann-Komarova [Sarah Lindemann-Komarova has been a community development activist in Siberia since 1992.] With pictures: medium.com/@ECHOSiberia/covid-19-the-view-from-siberia-fd04bfa38db5 I did not do any special reporting for this piece. It is a chronology of consciousness and events in relation to […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#49 :: Wednesday, 18 March 2020

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#48 :: Tuesday, 17 March 2020

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To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at davidjohnson@starpower.net Support the JRL: russialist.org/funding.php Donate Online: click here for direct link at GWU [check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#48 :: Tuesday, 17 March 2020 A project sponsored through […]

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Contending With – Not Accepting – Spheres of Influence

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(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Steven Pifer – March 5, 2020) This op-ed is part of a new debate from Russia Matters and is written in response to “US Embrace of Great Power Competition Also Means Contending With Spheres of Influence” by Paul Saunders. In a recent article for Russia Matters, Paul Saunders argues that, since the United States now views great power […]

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Acknowledging Policy Shortcomings Is First Step to Solving America’s Russia Problem

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Paul Saunders – March 12, 2020) Paul Saunders is a senior fellow in U.S. foreign policy at the Center for the National Interest. This op-ed is part of a new debate from Russia Matters. It is a rebuttal to “Contending With — Not Accepting — Spheres of Influence” by Steven Pifer. The opening argument can be read here: “US Embrace […]

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Why Didn’t Russia Just Cut Oil Production?

Oil Wells File Photo

(Oilprice.com – Robert Rapier – March 15, 2020) Last week OPEC conducted meetings with a coalition of partners that have worked together to limit oil production since 2016. It was widely reported that the group hoped to come to an agreement to reduce oil production by an additional 1.5 million barrels per day (BPD). The meetings came in the wake […]

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Russian Scholars, Legal Experts Sign Up Against ‘Constitutional Coup’

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – March 16, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russian-scholars-legal-experts-sign-up-against-constitutional-coup-/30490881.html) Hundreds of scholars, journalists, and legal experts in Russia have warned in an open letter that the country faces a “deep constitutional crisis and an illegal, unconstitutional coup” as the Constitutional Court prepares to rule on a raft […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Almost 110,000 coronavirus tests carried out in Russia” – Interfax

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MOSCOW. March 16 (Interfax) – Some 110,000 lab tests for the new coronavirus infection Covid-19 have been carried out on the territory of Russia, Russian Federal Service for Health and Consumer Rights (Rospotrebnadzor) said. “As of March 15, 109,939 lab tests for the new coronavirus have been performed by Rospotrebnadzor hygiene and epidemiology centers in the regions of the Russian […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Can Russia Use the Coronavirus to Sow Discord Among Americans?” – New York Times/ Thomas Rid

File Photo of White House with South Lawn and Fountain

Conditions are ripe: The pandemic is sweeping right into campaign season, and Trump’s response is highly contested. “Close observers of Russian disinformation tactics in electoral interference have two big questions as the 2020 election approaches: How large is the appetite for escalation among Russian intelligence agencies this time around? And where was, and is, S.V.R., Russia’s counterpart to the C.I.A.? […]

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