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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2021-#14 :: Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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1. TASS: COVID-19 ‘passports’ may threaten civil rights, says Human Rights Council’s chief –
2. Falling number of Covid-19 cases is ‘encouraging’ & shows that Russia has gotten pandemic under control – WHO representative –
3. The National Interest: Mark Episkopos, What the Navalny Arrest Means for Russia and the West. Overt Western threats in the Navalny affair risk having a paradoxical effect on Russian civil society: with every subsequent demand from Brussels or Washington, leniency on Navalny is further tarred with the politically toxic brush of Western appeasement.
4. Meduza: Following the money. Alexey Navalny’s boldest investigation yet describes a vast network of shell companies and frontmen working to build and sustain Vladimir Putin’s supposed seaside getaway.
5. Meduza: ‘His cell looks decent’. ‘Meduza’ talks to a human rights monitor who visited Navalny in prison.
6. Kremlin rejects Navalny allegation that Putin has secret Black Sea palace complete with casino, theater & private striptease bar –
7. TASS: Kommersant: Russian MPs accuse Navalny of destabilizing Russia in favor of the West –
8. Washington Post editorial: Putin’s arrest of Navalny reveals his true colors.
9. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Baunov, Putin, Poison, and Self-Inflicted Wounds: Navalny’s Return to Russia. Instead of blackballing Navalny, the Kremlin has turned him into the world’s most famous political prisoner.
10. The Spectator (UK): Mark Galeotti, Will Navalny’s gamble backfire?
11. Patrick Armstrong, Why the 1996 Russian Election Was an All-Important Turning Point –
12. Russia Beyond: All you need to know about Telegram – a Russian-made messaging platform with 500 million users –
13. Moscow Times: Russia Sees Lowest Foreign Investment Since 1994
14. Vedomosti: Ex-deputy premier upbeat on Russia economic recovery prospects in 2021. (Arkady Dvorkovich)
15. The National Interest: Hanna Notte and Hamidreza Azizi, Can Russia Help Biden Get a Comprehensive Agreement with Iran? Though Moscow’s stance on Iran’s regional activities might be ambivalent, Russian competition with Iran in Syria, as well as their military-defense cooperation, will afford Washington limited opportunities to rely on Russian leverage-plays with Tehran.
16. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Jerry Brown, William J. Perry, and David Holloway, Our advice to President-elect Biden: Break the dangerous pattern of nuclear competition with Russia –
17. Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey/Kommersant: William C. Potter and Anton Khlopkov, Can Shared US–Russian Interests Lead to Joint Action?
18. The Hill: Daniel Hoffman, Bill Burns knows Russia inside out — and that will be critical to Biden
19. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Medvedev Sets Out His Stand For Rapprochement With U.S., Relevance For Himself. The ex-President is searching for significance. As Biden enters office, he might just have some encouraging things to say.
20. Elena Pustovoytova, NULAND DEMANDS TO “DEAL WITH PUTIN” –
21. The Guardian (UK): Luke Harding, Russia: the spectre that loomed over Trump’s presidency. Much of the Trump-Russia story is still unknown, but the relationship left the US estranged from its allies and facing deepening domestic strife.
22. TASS: Russia and its citizens’ prosperity is at the heart of Putin’s ideology, says Kremlin.
23. Foreign Affairs: Michael McFaul, How to Contain Putin’s Russia. A Strategy for Countering a Rising Revisionist Power.
24. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2020, Moscow, January 18, 2021. (transcript continues) –

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