RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-107 :: Wednesday, 13 June 2018

St. Basil's Domes

To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at

[check back for updates, including more links;
links also posted to facebook and twitter]

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#107 :: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of IERES or The George Washington University.
JRL homepage: – JRL on Facebook: – JRL on Twitter: @JohnsonRussiaLi
Support for JRL is provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to the George Washington University and by voluntary contributions from readers.

Support JRL: Online: direct link

1. Awful Avalanche: Russian Patriotism – Sociological Survey – Part III. []
2. Moscow Times: Putin Reappoints Administration, Retaining Kremlin’s Core.
3. Rethinking Russia: Alexander Konkov, Putin 4.0: Rethinking Future.
4. Russia repays almost all compensations ordered by European HR court – deputy minister.
5. Bear Market Brief: Authorities begin process of raising retirement age.
6. Meduza: ‘Slavs only’ Discrimination exists in Russia, but it’s nearly impossible to prove in court. [Text with links]
7. Russian dividend stocks are an income winner.
8. Russia’s Oil Sector Is Facing A Massive Tax Overhaul.
9. TASS: Putin thanks ‘entire global football family’ for help in organizing 2018 FIFA World Cup.
10. Russia vs. Saudi Arabia live stream info, channel: How to watch World Cup 2018 opener on TV and online. [DJ: Also see]
11. Russia & Saudi Arabia to talk oil on World Cup sidelines as teams meet on pitch.
12. TASS: Kremlin: Donald Trump welcome guest at FIFA World Cup.
13. Financial Times: World Cup carnival exposes limits of western sanctions on Russia. President Vladimir Putin handed opportunity to show attempts to isolate country have failed.
14. Wall Street Journal: Why American Soccer Fans Should Root for…Russia? With the U.S. missing the World Cup, the Journal analyzed the 32 countries for which ones had the most in common with America in various categories.
15. Washington Post: Can Russia, with its history of racist attacks and hooligans, put on a World Cup welcome?
16. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, World Cup Horror Stories Are More About Geopolitics Than the Russian Mafia. The fears of the Western press are rooted in Putin’s hostile geopolitical strategy.
17. Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. counterspy warns World Cup travelers’ devices could be hacked.
18. Denmark remains last to approve Russia’s Nord Stream 2, Sweden finds “no reason” to ban the pipeline.
19. TASS: Russian top diplomat comments on Korean Peninsula denuclearization.
20. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrei Lankov, KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT IN SINGAPORE: EVERYONE LOST.
21. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky and Jim Jatras, Trump-Putin Summit Is the Right Move.
22. Dmitri Trenin: New report “Russia and Germany: From Estranged Partners to Good Neighbors.”
23. American Committee for East-West Accord: John Pepper: Reflections on Michael McFaul’s New Memoir.
24. The Baffler: David Klion, The Loud American. Michael McFaul on his fumbling efforts to forge anew U.S.-Russia relations.
25. The Star (Canada): Rick Salutin, ‘The Americans’ finally ended and now The Russians are back.
26. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Putin and Xi top the G6+1. All hell broke loose at the G6+1, aka G7, while the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) aimed at global integration and a peaceful multipolar order.
27. Russian International Affairs Council: Anna Kireeva, Asymmetry of Russia-Japan Relations. [FULL VERSION OF THE ARTICLE:]
28. Washington Post: Mueller asks to secure evidence in ‘Putin chef’ case, citing Russian intelligence and ongoing interference operations.
29. The American Conservative: Robert Merry, Enough: The DOJ Must Show Its Cards to the American Public. The country is heading for a constitutional crisis, and only clarity can resolve the two competing Russia narratives tearing us apart.
30. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Sergei Karaganov, Ideology of Eastward Turn.
31. Vladimir Putin answered questions from journalists. After the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Vladimir Putin met with Russian journalists.

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

Map of CIS Central Asia and Environs

Eurasia Map