Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#157 :: Thursday 13 August 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#157
13 August 2015

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1. TASS: Russians value tolerance and civility more than freedom of speech – poll.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Moskovsky Komsomolets: 50% of Russian parents talk about sex with their children. Russians feel more and more comfortable about explaining the birds and the bees.
3. Russia Insider: Peter Lavelle, 5 Western Media Memes Which Turn Russians Against Us. Russians are well-informed and have learned to be very skeptical of the west’s Orwellian 24/7 media echo chamber.
4. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Sergey Naryshkin, chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly: August of provocations. Political forecast for most troubled month.
5. United Russia will not use Putin’s image in next elections – report.
6. Moscow Times: Russians Require Minimum Monthly Income of $350, Poll Shows.
7. Interfax: Poll: Banned food better be given to needy, orphans.
8. Sputnik: Russia Mulls Distributing Confiscated Food to Poor Amid Public Discontent.
9. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Recalling famine, Russians decry Kremlin destruction of food imports.
10. Bloomberg: Fractures Form Inside Russia’s Central Bank as Recession Deepens.
11. Carnegie Moscow Center: Oleg Buklemishev, Myths and Realities of Sanctions in Russia.
12. Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Daily interviews head of independent pollster on public sentiment in Russia. (Lev Gudkov)
13. editorial: Russia splitting in two: Why citizens are voting for censorship.
14. BBC: Russia bans Reddit pages over drug growing discussion.
15. Russian press digest (12 August 2015)
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Should Russia prepare to combat terrorism in Arctic? RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on international events, featuring reports on proposed counterterrorism initiatives in the Arctic and the effect of Russia’s Western food embargo on the country’s market, as well as expert analysis on whether the boost in Chinese oil imports will affect world prices.
17. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The battle for Arctic heats up. Russian scientists say their new model for the Arctic’s tectonic evolution shows that the underwater Lomonosov and Mendeleev Ridges are part of the Eurasian mainland. This apparently substantiates Russia’s claim to 1.2 million square kilometers of Arctic sea shelf. At stake is control over vast natural resources, and opposition from western nations is almost certain.
18. Sputnik: European Dairy Industry in Crisis Due to Russian Food Embargo.
19. Jim Kovpak, Mission Failed: Russia’s Already Lost Its Own Information War.
20. The Hill: Top US general: Russia is most dangerous threat. (Gen. Ray Odierno)
21. ValueWalk: Russia Just Trying To Protect Itself From The U.S. Aggression.
22. New York Times: Maxim Trudolyubov, Is Russia the New Iran?
23. Paul Goble: ‘Virtual Civil War’ Going on in Russia Today Moscow Sociologist Says.
24. Fort Russ: Alevtina Rea, CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE IN RUSSIA: Three Amigos from Ukraine, Sanctions, Putin, and much more.


25. Interfax: Court bans LGBT march in Odesa.
26. The Daily Signal: Nolan Peterson, Meet Ukraine’s Women Warriors.
27. Liberation (Paris): Ukrainian president says Putin wants “the whole of Europe”
28. Russia Insider: The Saker, Western Media Completely Misrepresents Ukraine Flare-Up – Civilians Brutalized Again. The latest in a ugly parade of disgraceful journalism from the western media.
29. Sputnik: OSCE Reports Both Sides in East Ukraine Still Using Heavy Weapons.
30. Interfax: Donetsk People’s Republic says Horlivka came under fire.
31. TASS: Kiev forces use ammunition produced abroad – LPR emergencies ministry.
32. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia and Ukraine: Back on the Brink of War? Just as there are tremors registered before a major earthquake occurs, there are clear warning signs that things could heat up very quickly, very soon.
33. Wall Street Journal: George Soros, Ukraine Deserves Debt Relief. The war-torn country is working hard on the reforms that will get the economy back on its feet.
34. Sputnik: Ukrainians May Freeze in Flats in Winter as Gov’t Mulls Reducing Temp Norms.
35. New York Times: In Crimea, a Disputed Beach Is a Symbol of Corruption.
36. Sputnik: Propaganda Botch: FP Tries Its Hand at ‘Information Warfare’ on MH17.
37. Interfax: Pro-Russian rebel official says MH17 “most likely” downed by Ukrainian Buk.
38. Fort Russ: Christina Melnikova, Poroshenko’s Close Ties with Russian Elites.
39. Vijai Maheshwari, Kiev’s hipster revolution. With Russia breathing down their necks, the young seek refuge in ramen burgers and beards.

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