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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#229 :: Friday, 18 December 2020
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1. TASS: Izvestia: Putin focuses on post-COVID recovery, relations with CIS, West, during annual press conference – tass.com/pressreview/1236923
2. Intellinews: Ben Aris, Putin plays to the gallery during his annual press conference
3. TASS: Vladimir Putin still does not use smartphone, spokesman says – tass.com/society/1237157
4. The Spectator (UK): Mark Galeotti, Putin’s festive message: the world’s naughty, but I’m nice.
5. rt.com: Russia second in Bloomberg rating of economies expected to beat expectations in 2021.
6. TASS: Russian economy can recover quicker than expected in 2021, says Central Bank chief.
7. Valdai Discussion Club: Russia’s Economic Outlook: Risks Prevail Over Drivers. Geopolitical risks coupled with a second wave of the pandemic across the globe, waning activism from the largest economies in launching anti-crisis measures do not seem to be countered sufficiently by forceful drivers that would be supportive for the markets, writes Valdai Club Programme Director Yaroslav Lissovolik – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/russia-s-economic-outlook-risks-prevail/
8. Oilprice.com: Putin: Russia Reduces Its Dependence On Oil.
9. rt.com: Save the planet to stop Putin! NYT says Russia could dominate warming world – enough to make Americans wake up to climate change? – rt.com/russia/510056-global-warming-nyt-bias/
10. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 17 DECEMBER 2020 – patrickarmstrong.ca/2020/12/17/russian-federation-sitrep-17-december-2020/
11. AP: Kremlin happy Russians will be able to compete at Olympics.
12. Wall Street Journal: Sports Court Cuts Russia Doping Ban in Half. The ruling comes seven months ahead of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
13. Meduza: Kremlin spokesman reiterates Putin’s statements about Russian intelligence surveilling Navalny.
14. rt.com: Glenn Diesen, West’s cultivation of Navalny as ‘Russian opposition leader’ plays into Kremlin hands by making him politically irrelevant at home – rt.com/russia/510067-navalny-opposition-leader-role/
15. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Navalnyigate
16. TASS: ‘Going around in circles’: Diplomat says US pushing ‘unacceptable’ terms on New START deal.
17. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: White House plans to reconcile Armenia and Azerbaijan while bypassing Russia.
18. Jamestown Foundation: Paul Goble, Baku’s Success in Using Turkish Drones Raises Question: Could Ukraine Use Them Against Russia in Crimea?
19. Antiwar.com: Senators Liken Hack to Russian Invasion Despite Lack of Proof Moscow Was Involved. Media parroting claim that Russia was involved as fact, Joe Biden promises retaliation for cyberattacks – news.antiwar.com/2020/12/17/senators-liken-hack-to-russian-invasion-despite-lack-of-proof-moscow-was-involved/
20. Washington Post: Fareed Zakaria, Russia hasn’t just hacked our computer systems. It’s hacked our minds.
21. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, CHRISTMAS ALERT — GRAB STOCKING, STORM COMING DOWN CHIMNEY – johnhelmer.net/christmas-alert-grab-stocking-storm-coming-down-chimney/print/
22. Kremlin.ru: Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference. (transcript continues) – en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64671

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