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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#58
Friday, 24 March 2017

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1. Los Angeles Times: Jesse Walker, Is the Trump-Russia story an octopus or spaghetti?
2. Russian International Affairs Council: U.S. Nuclear Warheads’ Scary Modernization. Russian experts comment on the U.S. program of upgrading nuclear warheads.
3. TASS: Russian-US experiment to simulate outer space mission named SIRIUS.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Live longer! Putin calls for improving life expectancy. Russia’s leader hopes that by 2025 average life expectancy will reach 76 years. To achieve this target, authorities must combat not only alcoholism and drug addiction, but also reduce the number of road accident deaths.
5. The Guardian (UK): Shaun Walker, In the broken-down heart of Siberia, Putin is still Russia’s ‘good tsar’. Irkutsk struggles with poverty and the authorities do little to help. But I found a puzzling disconnect.
6. Moscow Times: Putin to Stress Superpower Status in Presidential Campaign. Restoring Moscow’s global influence will be a dominant theme of the 2018 election, experts say.
7. Interfax: March 26 rally organizers warned of illegality of staging rallies in city center – Moscow authorities.
8. Vedomosti: Liberal opposition party faces funding shortage. (Yabloko)
9. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia set to unveil the world’s newest print encyclopedia – and its last? The Great Russian Encyclopedia is heir to – and corrects the flaws of – the Great Soviet Encyclopedia, last published in the 1970s. It may also be the last general-knowledge encyclopedia of its kind to be put to paper.
10. TASS: Putin backs Russian Central Bank’s key rate cut and regulator’s strategy.
11. Meeting with Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina.
13. Moscow Times: Russia May Shrink Its ‘Foreign Agents’ Registry by Half.
14. Russian International Affairs Council: Igor Ivanov: Russia-U.S. Cooperation: if not today, it will come tomorrow.
15. Russian expert views potential “arms race” with USA in cyber space. (Georgy Bovt)
16. The Kennan Institute: Stacy Closson, The Russia-China Partnership Remains Strong, Despite America.
17. The National Interest: Nikolay Pakhomov, The Russia-Israel Relationship Is Perfect Realpolitik. The two powers recognize they have enough common ground to work together, and have learned to tolerate disagreement.
18. The Economist: Furazhka meets keffiyeh. In the Middle East, Russia is reasserting its power. Bombs and diplomacy, both part of the toolkit.
19. Gilbert Doctorow, Push-back to the Washington Post feature articles on Russian talk shows by David Filipov. Filipov has gone out of his way to explain what he was doing on Russian television, lest he himself be called out as a tool of the Kremlin, and he has covered himself as well by restricting himself to discussion of the best possible show to make his point about Russian propaganda.
20. Awful Avalanche: Russian Ballet As Reality Show – Episode 1.
21. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Alexander Vershinin, Why did the Soviet Union develop its own atomic bomb? Determined not to be left behind in the nuclear race, the USSR went atomic.
22. Kyiv Post: Parliament approves controversial restrictions on NGOs. (Ukraine)
23. South Sudan, Haiti and Ukraine Lead World in Suffering. (excerpt)
24. Alexander Mercouris, Here’s why Russia did not kill Denis Voronenkov, the fugitive Russian MP gunned down in Kiev. Reason and facts suggest murder was the work of a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist.
25. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why was a fugitive Russian MP murdered in Ukraine? Former Russian MP and fugitive, Denis Voronenkov, left Russia in autumn 2016, and was shot dead in central Kiev on March 23. While Ukrainian authorities link the killing to Voronenkov’s criticism of Moscow, Russian experts accuse Kiev of masterminding the murder in order to score anti-Russian propaganda points.
26. Julia Rozenblat, Ukraine: The power of the extremist radicals.
27. Justin Raimondo, Rush to Judgment. The evidence that the Russians hacked the DNC is collapsing. (re CrowdStrike)
28. The Nation: Bruce Shapiro, We Must Investigate the Russia Hacking Charges-Without Cold-War Hysteria. Exaggerated fear of foreign subversion can be more damaging to our democracy than external enemies.
29. Washington Examiner: Bob Woodward: Obama officials possibly facing criminal charges for unmasking scheme.
30. New York Times editorial: Rep. Nunes Is a Lapdog in a Watchdog Role.
31. Washington Post editorial: Shut down Nunes’s investigation – and investigate him for leaking. The House intelligence chairman has lost credibility. We need an independent commission on Russia.
32. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, The real winner of the House Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia. He violated our sovereignty, influenced our elections and now gets to watch us do nothing.
33. C.J. Hopkins, The United States of Cognitive Dissonance.

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