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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#39
Thursday, 23 February 2017

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1. Russia Direct: Archil Sikharulidze, Scapegoating Russia. For the West, Russia is the best candidate to criticize and blame for all its woes.
2. Daniel Lazare, Democrats, Liberals Catch McCarthyistic Fever. Democrats and liberals are so angry about President Trump that they are turning to McCarthyistic tactics without regard to basic fairness or the need to avoid a costly and dangerous New Cold War.
3. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, RIP Vitaly Churkin.
4. Gilbert Doctorow, Russian Television: Political Talk Shows as an example of pluralism in Russian society or as an exercise in state control of information?
5. George Friedman, 4 Warning Signs Of Instability In Russia
6. Russian real disposable income up for first time since 2014 on pension payout.
7. Meeting with CEO of Sberbank German Gref.
8. Sputnik: Putin: Russia Inflicts Major Damage on Terrorists in Syria, It Helps Start Talks.
9. Lavrov: Russia waiting for US to provide ‘details’ on proposed safe zones in Syria.
10. Website views how change in US-China relations may affect Russia. (Alexander Bratersky)
11. Intersection: Vladislav Inozemtsev, Russia is Europe. Why it is a mistake to juxtapose Russia and Europe.
12. Russian analyst sees “vacuum” in US-Russian relations. (Tatyana Stanovaya)
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Is McMaster’s appointment as national security adviser bad news for Moscow? Russians view the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as Donald Trump’s new national security adviser as a harbinger of a more conservative policy towards Moscow in the near future.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Poll shows sudden improvement in U.S. public opinion of Putin. Most surprisingly for pollsters is that the percentage of Republicans with a favorable opinion of the Russian president has risen in the past two years, reports Gallup.
15. The National Interest: Nikolay Pakhomov, Why Belarus Can’t Afford to Be the New Ukraine. Is it too late for Lukashenko to defy Russia?
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexander Iskandaryan, THE SOUTH CAUCASUS: A CHANGING GEOGRAPHY.
17. Deutsche Welle: Estrangement from history: 100 years since Russia’s February Revolution. In February 1917, the reign of the Romanov czars came to an end. This event was a precursor to the October Revolution later that year. In Russia, what went on in February is not widely known.
18. Der Spiegel (Germany): Yanukovych Resurfaces. ‘Ukraine Has Become a Wild Country.’ Three years after the Maidan insurgency, Viktor Yanukovych has re-emerged to express his views on the Ukraine conflict in a letter addressed to Trump, Putin, Merkel and others.
19. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine’s Ex-President Viktor Yanukovych Pushes Peace Proposal. Exiled former leader sends plan to President Donald Trump amid disputes over how to end country’s conflict.
20. Kyiv Post: Russian media release text of Yanukovych’s letter to Trump.
21. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia’s Recognition of LDNR Docs.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: What makes a popular Russian writer go to fight in Donbass? During the presentation of his new book, “Officers and Militias of Russian Literature,” Zakhar Prilepin admitted that literature does not really interest him at the moment.
23. The National Interest: Nolan Peterson, Why Ukraine Is Dying A Slow Death (Literally)
24. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump. The Russia-connected allegations have created an atmosphere of hysteria amounting to McCarthyism.
25. Robert Parry, NYT’s Fake News about Fake News. The West’s anti-Russian propaganda links Moscow to the blight of “fake news” but the evidence doesn’t connect the two. So, The New York Times makes the case with its own “fake news.”
26. Time: Massimo Calabresi and Simon Shuster, The Trouble With Russia. As Moscow Advances, U.S. Allies Look Warily to Trump for Clarity.
27. A Russian newspaper editor explains how Putin made Trump his puppet. “They consider him a stupid, unstrategic politician.” (interview with Mikhail Fishman)

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