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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#42
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Fyodor Lukyanov, Don’t hold your breath for a deal between Russia and the U.S.. The U.S. and Russia will most likely return to pragmatic relations after years of an ideologically-driven foreign policy under President Obama. However, both countries will probably harden their stance towards the other, and dramatic breakthroughs are unlikely.
2. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian op-ed sees Trump’s nuclear arms statements “risky.” (Fyodor Lukyanov)
3. Russia-US relations are at their worst since Cold War – Moscow.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Crime in Russia at lowest levels in 5 years. General Prosecutor says milder laws are a key factor.
5. Russian retail sales and wage gap narrows in January on social payments.
6. Trump honeymoon over for Russian stock markets.
7. Alexander Mercouris, Russian PM Medvedev: Russia’s economy ‘growing stably.’ Amidst sharp inflation fall Russian economy makes confident start to 2017.
8. Russian Investment Forum Sochi 2017. (Medvedev)
9. Izvestia: Russian deputy PM upbeat on single-industry towns’ future. (Igor Shuvalov)
10. Kommersant: “The Removal of Sanctions Won’t Help Us” – An Interview with Vladimir Osipov.
11. BBC Monitoring/Vedomosti: Kremlin starts monitoring economic risks ahead of 2018 vote.
12. Moscow Times: Navalny’s Support Base Grows as Recognition Spreads Across Russia.
13. Softer punishment for repeated rally rule violations backed by senior state & court officials.
14. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Russia and the Democracies: Is Russia a Foe of the Liberal Democratic Order?
15. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Kremlin seen preoccupied with turnout in 2018 elections. (Mikhail Rostovsky)
16. AP: Russian Athletes Fight Back Against Doping, State Control.
17. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, America, Crimea and the Dangers of Hypocrisy. Washington’s record on forcible territorial change is exceedingly weak.
18. Wall Street Journal: Russia Says Preparations Have Begun for Trump-Putin Meeting. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says no agreement yet on time or place.
19. TASS: Russia is ready to discuss START-III Treaty revision with US.
20. The Intercept: Trump’s Proposed Increase in U.S. Defense Spending Would Be 80 Percent of Russia’s Entire Military Budget.
21. TASS: Expert warns US may quit arms reduction treaties, resume nuclear tests under Trump. (Sergei Rogov)
22. The National Interest: Jeremiah Rozman, On Russia, America Should Pick Its Battles. Here’s a fact: we’re not in the Cold War anymore.
23. Bloomberg: Russia Tries to Salvage Syria Peace Bid as Iran Dispute Flares.
24. Russia Direct: Galiya Ibragimova, Political rivalry in Central Asia could be a headache for the Kremlin. Increased competition on the post-Soviet space – especially between Uzbekistan and its close neighbors – might have implications for Russia’s foreign policy in Central Asia.
25. TASS: Putin says he may close down Kant base if Kyrgyzstan no longer needs Russian help.
26. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Kremlin’s game: What Moscow is looking to achieve in Libya. The increased activity of Moscow in Libya worries the West, which fears the coming to power in Libya of a new pro-Russian dictator – Khalifa Haftar.
27. Los Angeles Time: House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes warns against ‘witch hunt’ over Trump-Russia ties.
28. Normon Solomon, The Risk of Baiting Trump on Russia. In the drive to damage President Trump, American liberals have seized on his desire for more cooperation with Russia, baiting him as “a Putin puppet,” a dangerous strategy.
29. The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, The New Yorker’s Big Cover Story Reveals Five Uncomfortable Truths About U.S. and Russia.
30. New York Times: Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stalin Gets Results: The Soviet Push for Tech Dominance. (re STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953 By Simon Ing)

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