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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#239
Friday, 22 December 2017
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1. TASS: Putin urges Russians to leave behind rights and wrongs of Soviet past.
2. Awful Avalanche: How They Live In the Far North.
3. Changing of Communist guard? ‘Lenin’ farm director proposed as 2018 presidential candidate.
4. TASS: Yabloko party congress nominates Yavlinsky as presidential candidate.
5. 70% Participation Rate Expected For Russian Election; How Many Will Vote For Putin?
7. A Blank Slate – Russian Duma Passes Debt Forgiveness Plan and New Laws Regarding Foreign Agents.
8. Meeting with representatives of major Russian businesses.
9. Interfax: Putin signs decree on state policy to develop competition.
10. Ben Aris, Russia is stuck in the middle income trap.
11. Moscow Times: 85 Percent of Poor Russian Cities Located in Europe, Research Says.
12. Chris Weafer, Investors into Russia should brace for a turbulent 2018. The almost entirely unfavourable scrutiny of Russia ahead of the World Cup has already started and it is a reasonable bet that the stories and analysis will get worse and more amplified up to the event.
13. Moscow Times: Putin To Let Sanction-Hit Oligarchs Return $3 Bln to Russia, Anonymously.
14. TASS: RBC: ‘Sanctions-fighting’ bonds to save big businesses.
15. TASS: Number of Russian citizens under US sanctions reaches almost 200.
16. Responding to sanctions: What Russia could do right now.
17. TASS: Russia to shell out $46 bln on defense spending in 2018.
18. ‘Not the world’s gendarme’: Putin says Russia will scale down military spending.
19. Putin: New US national security strategy is offensive & aggressive, Russia must take note.
20. Russia Matters: Nikolas Gvosdev, New US Security Strategy Is a Clear Bureaucratic Victory for the ‘Russia Skeptics.’ Has the President Read It?
21. Gilbert Doctorow, Kissinger’s Fingerprints on the Trump Security Doctrine, 2017. (excerpt)
23. Susan Glasser, Trump, Putin and the New Cold War. The conflict is back. But this time, only one side is fighting.
24. New Republic: Jeet Here, The Dangerous Incoherence of Trump’s Russia Policy. The president wants a partnership with Vladimir Putin, but his national security leaders are pursuing aggressive containment.
25. ‘Bad patch’: Boris Johnson says he wants better relations with Russia.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexander Vorontsov, WHAT IS DONALD TRUMP REALLY AFTER ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA?
27. The Diplomat: Samuel Ramani, Can Russia Help Solve the North Korea Crisis? To steer North Korea towards a peaceful course, Russia has combined coercive diplomacy with co-option.
28. AP: Election hackers pursued reporters in Russia, United States. (excerpt)
29. Alexander Mercouris, FBI’s McCabe stonewalls on Trump Dossier. In seven hours of testimony FBI’s Deputy Director insists he still believes in Dossier FBI has been unable to verify.
30. The Economist: Apparatchik apartments. The legacy of the Russian revolution can still be felt today. The House on the Embankment in Moscow is more than a building. It is an ideology.
31. Foreign Affairs: Nikita Petrov, Don’t Speak, Memory. How Russia Represses Its Past.
32. NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia: What Were They Thinking? Russian intellectuals interpret the revolution, 1917-1922.

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