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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#43
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia became Ukraine’s leading investor in 2016.
2. Australian Broadcasting Company: Russia’s restaurant scene thrives despite imposed food sanctions.
3. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, What’s Behind the Putin Fantasies. Donald Trump never found much of a seat on the U.S.-Russia business express.
4. Bryan MacDonald, Trump, Putin & New Cold War: What The New Yorker gets wrong.
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Seven scenarios for Russia’s geopolitical future. Russia might become a weak and decentralized state on the periphery of the American or Chinese economy. Or it may make a technological breakthrough and by 2025 take an esteemed place in the new world order. Academician Sergei Glazyev outlines seven possible scenarios for Russia’s development in the global economy.
6. Putin: Russian anti-doping system failed, we should listen to WADA.
7. Communists discuss ‘compromise’ presidential candidate after leader expresses reluctance to run.
8. AFP: Russian Orthodox Church fuels powerful pro-life movement.
9. Bloomberg: Putin’s Russia Seen Dominating European Gas for Two Decades.
10. Moscow Times: The Kremlin Reportedly Commissioned a Report on Russian State TV, and the Results Were Oof.
11. Moscow Times: Russians Take Pride in Crimea Annexation – Poll.
12. TASS: Survey claims most Crimean Tatars satisfied with living in Russia.
13. Interfax: Trump continues to follow pragmatic rather than ideological path – Kosachyov.
14. Asia Times: MK Bhadrakumar, Moscow’s wriggle room shrinking vis-à-vis Trump.
15. TASS: Medvedev believes West’s anti-Russian sanctions are to stay for long.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why Moscow and Beijing are really afraid of the U.S. THAAD in South Korea Due to a number of limitations the THAAD missile defense system does not directly pose a major risk to Russia and China. However, Moscow and Beijing still see a potential threat, which does not come from the missiles but the system’s radars that would allow U.S. to monitor launches of Russian and Chinese intercontinental missiles.
17. Russia Direct: Why does the Nagorno-Karabakh referendum matter for Russia? Russia Direct sat down with Alexander Skakov, an expert from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), to discuss the implications of the Feb. 20 referendum in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic for Russia and the West.
18. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, In Ukraine, blockade threatens to force issue at heart of civil war. Coal shipments from rebel regions and bound for Ukrainian power stations have been halted for a month by armed men beyond the control of President Poroshenko and Russian-backed rebels. The aim may be to build momentum toward a breakup.
19. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, LDNR Nationalizes Ukrainian Enterprises.
20. Indian Punchline: MK Bhadrakumar, Obama’s Ukraine legacy is in dangerous drift.
21. Justin Raimondo, Enemy of the Year: Why Russia? What’s up with the current Russophobia craze?
22. William Courtney, How to Partner With Putin. Donald Trump should cooperate with Russia sometimes, but counter it when necessary.
23. Ryan Says He’s Been Shown No Evidence That Any Americans Colluded With Russia During Campaign.
24. Washington Post editorial: There’s a chance Congress can’t be trusted investigate Russian meddling. There are tangible warning signs that the integrity of the Senate and House inquiries is at risk.
25. Washington Post: Dana Milbank, The most important word Trump didn’t say in his speech. Was that Congress he addressed, or was it the state Duma?
26. Council on Foreign Relations: Russia: Rival or Partner, or Both? (with Charles A. Kupchan, Stephen Sestanovich, Angela E. Stent, and Evelyn N. Farkas)

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