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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2021-#242 :: Monday, 13 December 2021
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1. Moscow Times: Moscow Begins its ‘Journey to Christmas’. Street fairs, ice skating, curling, and lots and lots of Christmas trees.
2. AP: Russia backs down from unpopular COVID restrictions.
3. Meeting with Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin –
4. Vladimir Putin held a meeting of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights via videoconference. (Excerpts re Alexander Sokurov and foreign agents) –
5. Meduza: The art of the possible. Russia is massing troops on the border with Ukraine for the second time this year. Is an all-out war imminent?
6. The Nation: Nicolai Petro, The Confrontation in Ukraine Is Political Theater Aimed at a Domestic Audience. But the danger of accidentally triggering a real conflagration remains terrifyingly high.
7. Russia in Global Affairs: Fyodor Lukyanov, Time Machine: Going Back Thirty Years –
8. Wall Street Journal: Russia-Ukraine Tension: Could What’s Happening on the Border Lead to War? U.S. has warned Russia of sanctions in the event of an invasion of Ukraine.
9. TASS: Izvestia: Russian senior diplomat tackles dangers of Ukraine’s NATO bid, visa issues –
10. The Spectator (UK): Mark Galeotti, Is Vladimir Putin really willing to invade Ukraine?
11. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Ministry statement on dialogue with the United States and other Western countries regarding security guarantees –
12. Intellinews: Ben Aris, Russia issues a five-point list of demands.
13. Moscow Times: Russia Threatens ‘Military Response’ to NATO Expansion.
14. Financial Times: Ukraine: what does Vladimir Putin want? While the Russian leader’s plans remain a mystery, some governments say he wants to block Nato while others fear he is planning an invasion.
15. Washington Post: Six ways Russia views Ukraine — and why each should worry the West.
16. Nord Stream 2 cannot be certified – Berlin –
17. Moscow Times: 2 in 5 Russians Have No Savings – Survey.
19. Riddle: 2021 was a good year for Russia’s South Caucasus policy. Neil Hauer on how Russia ends 2021 with a stronger hold over security issues across the Caucasus –
20. Putin says Russian government was swarming with CIA officers –
21. Gilbert Doctorow, Russia marks the thirtieth anniversary of the dissolution of the USSR –
22. Putin comments on collapse of USSR –
23. RFE/RL: Putin Laments Soviet Breakup As Demise Of ‘Historical Russia,’ Amid Ukraine Fears
24. Paul Robinson,Do Russians want the Soviet Union back? –
25. Nobel Lecture given by Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2021 Dmitry Muratov.
26. New York Times: The Outsize Life and Quiet Death of the Steele Dossier. For years, a collection of salacious allegations about Donald J. Trump and Russia captivated America. It has since proved to be a flawed document.

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