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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#168 :: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
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1. Intellinews: A third of Russians consider Russia to be a great power.
2. Medium.com: Sarah Lindemann-Komarova, Russian Elections 2020 Part Two: What Happened?
3. Meduza: Everybody’s a winner! Russia’s new three-day voting scheme delivers huge victory margins for incumbent governors, while Navalny’s coalition succeeds in two municipal races.
4. rt.com: Paul Robinson, Despite small gains for the far right & Navalny, Russia’s weekend elections don’t suggest any major political change is imminent – rt.com/russia/500748-navalny-poisoning-saga-russia-elections/
5. Intellinews: Early voting accounts for almost half ballots cast in Russia’s regional elections.
6. Wall Street Journal: After Navalny Poisoning, Putin’s Loyalists Win Big in Russian Elections. Regional contests were seen as test of whether opposition could gain ground from Putin supporters.
7. RFE/RL: What Do The Regional Election Results Tell Us About Putin’s Russia?
8. rt.com: Russia’s Communist Party rejects results of some gubernatorial elections after its candidates were barred from running.
9. Moscow Times: Russia to Field 3 New Parties in 2021 State Duma Race.
11. NYU Jordan Center: Noah Buckley, Guns or Butter: How the Public Judges Its Leaders in an Authoritarian Regime.
12. Reuters: Russian excess deaths over summer outstrip COVID toll by more than 3 to 1.
13. rt.com: 14% of volunteers testing pioneering Russian Covid-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik V’ have experienced side effects, health ministry says.
14. Reuters: Fifteen scientists launch critique of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine data.
15. Russia Beyond: 10 most popular Telegram channels to get inside the Russian mindset. – rbth.com/lifestyle/332716-10-most-popular-telegram-channels-in-russia
16. Intellinews: Ben Aris, Lukashenko, Putin meet in Sochi, Russia grants $1.5bn bailout loan … and more?
17. Al Jazeera: Russia says Belarus leader plans to change constitution.
18. Kremlin.ru: Meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. (full transcript) – en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64031
19. rt.com: After Putin-Lukashenko talks in Sochi, Russia disbands controversial standby National Guard unit stationed near Belarus border.
20. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Russia blasts US’ Indo-Pacific strategy.
21. Russia Matters summary: “Syria and the Russian Armed Forces: An Evaluation of Moscow’s Military Strategy and Operational Performance” by Michael Kofman.
22. theduran.com: Russia will prevent separatism in Syria: Russian analyst explains.
23. The Hill: Steven Pifer, Spinning good news on arms control.
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Oleg Barabanov, The World as Dystopia: A Literary Genre or Reality? – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/the-world-as-an-anti-utopia-a-literary-genre/
25. The Scott Horton Shoe: Paul Robinson on the ‘Russiagate’ Narrative that Refuses to Die.
26. The Hill: US commander says evidence hasn’t corroborated intelligence of Russian bounties on US troops.
27. The Grey Zone: Gareth Porter, DARK WEB VOTER DATABASE REPORT CASTS NEW DOUBTS ON RUSSIAN ELECTION HACK NARRATIVE. A new report showing that US state-level voter databases were publicly available calls into question the narrative that Russian intelligence “targeted” US state election-related websites in 2016.
28. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitry Trenin, The last page. How Navalny’s case changed relations between Russia and Germany. Berlin closes the era of trustful, long-term friendly relations with Moscow, opened by Gorbachev. Moscow also turns the page. Thus, the situation becomes simpler and at the same time more risky: Russia no longer expects something from Europe, and therefore it becomes unnecessary to look back at its opinion or interests.
29. New York Times: Navalny Says He is Breathing on His Own in a Message From His Hospital Bed. The poisoned Russian opposition leader plans to return to Russia, his spokeswoman says.
30. rt.com: Navalny posts FIRST picture from Berlin hospital: Spokesman insists he’ll to return Russia, Kremlin ‘happy’ to see his recovery – rt.com/russia/500744-navalny-improvement-return-to-russia/
31. rt.com: Berlin struggles to answer RT’s question on fate of mysterious Navalny aide who left Russia for Germany without being questioned. – rt.com/russia/500685-berlin-struggles-to-answer-rts/
32. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE PEVCHIKH PLOT – NAVALNY BOTTLE, LONDON WITNESS FLEEs THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, BERLIN TOO. – johnhelmer.net/the-pevchikh-plot-navalny-bottle-london-witness-flee-the-scene-of-the-crime-berlin-too/print/
33. Vesti.ru: Navalny, “Novichok” and the “White Box” – vesti.ru/article/2457559
34. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Market Eyes More Sanctions On Russia.
35. Politico.com: Russia is back, wilier than ever – and it’s not alone. Moscow’s hacking and disinformation tactics have evolved since 2016, while Americans help spread doubts about the November election.
36. Bloomberg editorial: Europe Needs to Recognize the Threat From Russia. Putin’s challenge to international norms requires a more forceful response.