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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#184 :: Tuesday, 13 October 2020
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1. The National Interest: Bill Bradley, The Man Who Knew Russia: A Tribute to Stephen F. Cohen. As we disregarded Russian fears and ignored the chance for a true partnership, Steve worried about the resumption of hostile relations between our two countries and possibly a new Cold War.
2. Facebook: Fred Weir, Stephen Cohen.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, PRESS COMMENTS ON RUSSIA AND NAGORNO-KARABAKH
4. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, WORKING PAPER: Towards a Political Biography of Vladimir Putin: From Commissar to Opportunistic Revolutionary From Above, Part One, 1975-1999. (Excerpt)
5. TASS: COVID-19 situation in Russia is rather alarming, says Health Ministry’s expert.
6. rt.com: Let’s work together: Moscow offers to team up with West to fight Covid-19, despite constant attacks on Russian ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine – rt.com/russia/503348-moscow-offers-team-west-covid19/ – rt.com/news/503158-western-nations-possess-novichok-russia/
7. TASS: RBC: Experts compare COVID-19 anxiety in Russia to its neighbors.
8. New York Times: Judith Twigg, With His Own Vaccine, Putin Jumps Ahead of Trump. As America retreats from world affairs, Russia is promising other nations help on the pandemic.
9. TASS: No point in mothballing economy right now – chief sanitary physician.
10. rt.com: Ex-Russian Finance Minister Kudrin reveals Putin gave him bodyguards after intelligence agencies discovered assassination plot.
11. TASS: Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Oil and gas to stay relevant for at least 30 years, Russian energy chief says.
12. rt.com: ‘Western brand’: more than 20 nations possess over 140 ‘Novichok’-type substances, Russian Foreign Ministry says.
13. TASS: Izvestia: Legitimacy of EU decision to sanction Russia over Navalny case doubtful.
14. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTRY ORDERED THE SWEDISH DEFENCE LABORATORY TO FIND NOVICHOK IN NAVALNY’S BLOOD, OR ELSE. (excerpt) – johnhelmer.net/the-german-defence-ministry-ordered-the-swedish-defence-laboratory-to-find-novichok-in-navalnys-blood-or-else/print/
15. AP: Reported death toll in Armenia-Azerbaijan clashes about 600.
16. rt.com: ‘Russia came to save Armenia’: Azeri President Aliyev tells Yerevan it should thank Putin for ‘once again’ coming to its rescue.
17. Russian International Affairs Council: Basel Haj Jasem, Hidden Traces in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Сonflict.
18. Jacobin: Bryan Gigantino, The Fighting Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Has Halted – But a Deep-Rooted Conflict Remains.
19. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Moscow manages to avoid a ‘color revolution’ in Kyrgyzstan.
20. rt.com: Michael Marder, Unrest & turbulence in parts of former Soviet Union mean its collapse has NOT been accomplished – rt.com/op-ed/503278-turbulence-former-soviet-union/
21. The Unz Review: The Saker, Can and Should Russia Stop the War in the Caucasus? – unz.com/tsaker/can-and-should-russia-stop-the-war-in-the-caucasus/
22. Counterpunch: Michael Klare, The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy – counterpunch.org/2020/10/12/the-nuclearization-of-american-diplomacy/
23. Asia Times: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Foundations for China’s and Russia’s mutual trust. Moscow’s formalization of ties with Beijing, far from being a recent ‘pivot from Europe,’ has been developing for years.
24. Asia Times: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Russia and China cementing an enduring alliance. The previous ‘model alliance’ between Moscow and Beijing has evolved into real military defense collaboration.
25. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Lukashenko promises to share power as protests continue.
26. The Times (UK): Knives come out in the battle of borscht.
27. rt.com: ‘Not clinging to power’: Ukrainian leader Zelensky says he’ll walk away from presidency if he fails to stop war in Donbass.
28. Atlantic Council: Taras Kuzio, Russo-Ukrainian War: Time for Zelenskyy to turn from populism to pragmatism.
29. Paul Goble: Russia Remains a Country Desperately Centered on America, Shevtsova Says.
30. Modern Diplomacy: Dennis Varonin, No “Mixed Messages”, Russia Really Doesn’t Have a Preference Come November.

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