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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#146 :: Friday, 14 August 2020
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1. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Sputnik V: The Geopolitics Surrounding Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine. This coronavirus vaccine bid is Russia’s effort to establish leadership of a middle group of nations who want to avoid the binary choice of Washington or Beijing-and is part of Putin’s efforts to retain a global leadership role for himself.
2. Interfax: Covid-19 mass vaccination in Russia may start in Dec-Jan – Gamaleya Center director.
3. rt.com: Survey suggests half of Russian doctors will refuse to take rapidly created Covid-19 vaccine – developer says fears unfounded – rt.com/russia/498011-russian-doctors-refuse-taking-covid-vaccine/
5. rt.com: Is that why Trump calls it ‘fake news?’ Russia says CNN claim US refused vaccine help is false.
6. NiemanReports: Ann Cooper, How Russian Media Reported the Coronavirus Pandemic. Russian TV’s upbeat coverage of Covid-19 was in stark contrast to the devastating reporting by the country’s independent news outlets.
7. rt.com: Whitewashing crimes of STALIN ‘unacceptable’ – Gorbachev on 30th anniversary of decree rehabilitating ‘enemies of the people’ – rt.com/russia/497996-whitewashing-crimes-of-stalin-unacceptable/
8. Voice of America: Russia Tightens Tax Screws on Super Wealthy.
9. stalkerzone.org: Dmitry Slavsky, THOSE WAITING FOR THE “COLLAPSE OF RUSSIA” CAN RELAX – stalkerzone.org/those-waiting-for-the-collapse-of-russia-can-relax/
10. rt.com: As Covid-19 economic pain bites, Russia loses coveted status of having more cash on hand than it owes in liabilities.
11. Wine Intelligence: RUSSIA’S WINE REVOLUTION
12. Wall Street Journal: ‘Sputnik’ Review: Red Scared. A Soviet cosmonaut returns to Earth after a mysterious accident with a malevolent creature hitching a ride inside him in Egor Abramenko’s horror debut.
13. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, The Mirages of Westphalia – russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/the-mirages-of-westphalia/
14. Intellinews: Ben Aris, Protesters released from prison as Lukashenko regime makes concessions
15. Reuters: Investors in Belarus Face ‘Dictator Dilemma’, Putin May Hold the Key.
16. Moscow Times: Russian Media Responds to Belarus Protest Crackdown.
17. Moscow Times: Ilya Klishin, Why Do Russians Resent Western Media Over the Protests in Belarus? Let’s be quite clear: the West is not ignoring the events in Belarus.
18. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Political Compass on Lukashenkophilia – unz.com/akarlin/political-compass-on-lukashenkophilia/
19. The Unz Review: Anatoly Darlin, What Should Russia Do in Belarus? Play the Waiting Game – unz.com/akarlin/what-should-russia-do-in-belarus/
20. The Economist editorial: Fraud in Russia’s near-abroad. Belarus’s election was a sham. The West’s response has been feeble. The biggest protests in the country’s history call for proper democracy.
21. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Western sanctions against Belarus might hit Russia.
22. Reminiscence of the Future: Andrei Martyanov, White Elephant-size 800-pound Gorilla In The Room
23. BMB Ukraine: Donbass.
24. The Hill: Cheng Li and James Haynes, The U.S. cooperated with the Soviets on smallpox – it should do the same with China on COVID-19 vaccine distribution
25. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Urgent call to rethink U.S.-Russia policy
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, Dealing with America in Decline – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/dealing-with-america-in-decline/
27. Russia Matters: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Russia
28. The National Interest: Dimitri K. Simes, The Case For Trump. Donald Trump isn’t the better choice to secure America’s future. He is the only choice.

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