RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-27 :: Monday, 6 February 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#27
Monday, 6 February 2017

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1. Tim Mak, U.S. Preps for Infowar on Russia. While President Trump is still defending Vladimir Putin in public, American policymakers have finally awoken to Russian intervention in the U.S. democratic process-and are pumping tens of millions into a counter-propaganda initiative.
2. The New Yorker: Mikhail Iossel, LIFE UNDER ALTERNATIVE FACTS.
3. Binoy Kampmark, Cold War Redux: the “Fake Information Age”
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, TODAY’S FEAR-MONGERING.
5. Wall Street Journal: Russia Open to Pragmatic Relationship With U.S. Despite Differences.
6. TASS: Russia ready to take its part of road towards restoration of relations with US.
7. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians can no longer afford to pinch pennies on food. If incomes continue to drop, however, Russians won’t be able to cut their food budgets and still adequately feed themselves. Any further cuts could mean risking malnutrition.
8. Moscow Times: Russians Are Getting Used to Being Broke.
9. TASS: Russia’s Finance Ministry says oil prices may hover around $40-60 per barrel in 2017-2019.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Analysts name 13 biggest risks for Russian companies. CEOs at Russian companies identify 13 of the biggest issues businesses face in 2017, from geopolitical concerns to climate change.
11. TASS: More than half of Russians want foreign adoption ban to stay in place – poll.
2. Russia Direct: Ivan Tsvetkov, Russia is still wary of Trump’s turbulent presidency. Once the Trump administration shifts its attention from domestic policy to foreign policy, it will raise awkward questions about just how deeply the U.S. and Russia can really partner on complex geopolitical issues.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Vladimir Mikheev, How will Trump play his cards with sanctions against Russia? Recent statements by U.S. officials clearly backtrack on the chances of abandoning sanctions against Russia. This might have been a cold shower for the Kremlin if it was still hostage to wishful thinking for the chances of a bilateral detente with the West. But at this point, Moscow is no longer surprised by American bellicosity and unpredictability.
14. Paul Goble: Moscow Doesn’t Expect Trump to End Sanctions All at Once but ‘Cleverly’ Over Time, Markov Says.
15. Russia disagrees with Trump labeling Iran ‘number one terrorist state’
16. Wall Street Journal: Trump Administration Looks at Driving Wedge Between Russia and Iran. Officials say strategy marries president’s vows to improve relations with Putin and to aggressively challenge Iran’s military presence in Middle East.
17. The Real News Network: Will Trump Ally with Russia and Target Iran?. Paul Jay and Lawrence Wilkerson discuss why the Republicans are divided on Russia and to what ends the Trump administration might go to justify war with Iran.
18. Interfax: New U.S. administration not going to review plans to upgrade nuclear triad – Ryabkov.
19. In Moscow’s Shadows: Mark Galeotti, Trump may not be the ‘Siberian Candidate’ but his White House is coming to resemble Putin’s Kremlin.
20. Russia Direct: Michael McFaul, Steve Bannon, the Grey Cardinal in the White House: Good or bad for Russia? The ideas and power of President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon might be good for Russian government interests in the short run, but complicated if not downright detrimental in the long run.
21. Paul Goble: Russians Will Pay a High Price for Obsession with US and Trump, Shevtsova Says.
22. AP: Russia Hopes for Swift End to Track and Field Doping Exile.
23. Sputnik: Baltic Bastion: Latvia Building 171-Mile Fence on Border With Russia.
24. Trump-Putin ties now seen as key to peace in eastern Ukraine.
25. Russia Insider: Mark Nicholas, Ukrainian Media and Intelligence People Freely Admit Fighting in East Begun With Government Offensive. Kiev had chipped away at the rebels’ territory, then screamed “Russian aggression” as they tried to take it back.
26. Christian Borys, Losing everything in Avdiivka. As violence escalates in Eastern Ukraine front, one family copes with losing their livelihood in the shelling.
27. Dealing with damage: Locals in Donetsk clear debris after days of shelling.
28. Russia objects to Donbas conflict portrayal by new US administration.
29. The Russian Reader: Leagues of the Militant Godless.

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