RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-179 :: Monday, 15 October 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#179
Monday, 15 October 2018

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1. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE INABILITY TO SEE. []
2. Raritan: A Quarterly Review (Rutgers University): Patrick Lawrence, Discerning Vladimir Putin. (excerpt)
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3. Raritan: A Quarterly Review (Rutgers University): David Foglesong, Putin: From Soulmate to Archenemy. (excerpt)
4. Wall Street Journal: In Regional Votes and Polls, Russians Voice Their Discontent. The defeat of some Kremlin-backed candidates for governor and a slump in Putin’s poll ratings are signs of the public mood.
5. Meduza: Begone, ‘outmoded liberal models of democracy’ The chairman of Russia’s Constitutional Court says ‘drastic’ reforms are needed.
6. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, How America Can Repair Its Damaged Relationship with Russia.
7. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, Three Fronts of Russian Foreign Policy.The past month in foreign policy was an eventful one and highlighted three crises that are emerging as constants or main fronts in Russian foreign policy, namely, the American, the Syrian and the Ukrainian. []
8. Valdai Discussion Club: Living in a Crumbling World. Valdai Club Annual Report.
9. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 11 OCTOBER 2018. []
10. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, An end to the dollar’s global hegemony? The Kremlin sees an opportunity. The dollar has long been the world’s reserve currency. But some countries, angered by sanctions, are challenging that status, potentially undermining one of the US’s most influential tools for shaping global policy.
11. The National Interest: George Beebe, The Skripal Rorschach Test “In choosing to throw shade rather than light on what occurred, Putin has made clear he bears responsibility for the attack whether he ordered it or not.”
12. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, We should be asking for answers about the Skripals and Bellingcat – and not just from Russia. Bellingcat has grown rather a lot beyond its shoestring origins. It has money – where from? It has been hiring staff. It has transatlantic connections. It has never, so far as I am aware, reached any conclusion that is inconvenient to the UK or US authorities. []
13. Rob Slane, To Trust The Met, or to Not Trust The Met. That is the Question. []
14. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Doubles Researcher Salaries in 2018. []
15. Gareth Porter, The Shaky Case That Russia Manipulated Social Media to Tip the 2016 Election. The idea promoted by the NYT’s Shane & Mazzetti that the Russian government seriously threatened to determine the 2016 election does not hold up when the larger social media context is examined more closely []
16. What Should Russia Do About Ukraine?. First must come the realisation that Russia failed.
17. Biggest split in modern Orthodox history: Russian Orthodox Church breaks ties with Constantinople.
18. Pussy Riot activist trends on PornHub after tell-all interview about orgy stunt. [] [Video:]

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