RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#101 :: Thursday 27 June 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#101 :: Thursday, 27 June 2019
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1. Facebook: Fred Weir and Paul Starobin, Re “Beyond the Ballot: How the Kremlin Works to Undermine the U.S. Justice System”
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: DEALING WITH THE RUSSIANS. (re The New Politics of Russia by Andrew Monaghan)
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE SEMIOTICS OF FEAR. (re Estonian analysis)
4. The National Interest: Steven Pifer, I Just Returned from NATO’s Front Lines in the Baltics (And Russia Was On Everyone’s Mind). A Russian military invasion of the Baltic states is not a high probability. However, the Lithuanians cannot ignore the Kremlin’s recent rhetoric and the Russian military’s ongoing modernization of its conventional forces over the past five years.
5. TASS: Izvestia: Russians’ attitude towards West, EU, Ukraine getting better.
6. TASS: Izvestia: All eyes on Trump’s upcoming talks with Xi, Putin.
7. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Will US Elites Give Détente With Russia a Chance? The Trump-Putin meeting in Japan is crucial for both leaders-and for the world.
8. Russia Matters: Nini Arshakuni and Natasha Yefimova-Trilling, What Is the State’s Share in Russia’s Economy?
9. Meduza: Trudolyubov: Draft legislation could trigger Russia’s private property ‘time bomb’
10. Russia Beyond: Why are Russians against a four-day working week?
11. Moscow Times: Russians Are Increasingly Protesting Social, Not Political Issues – Study.
12. Vedomosti: Russian think-tank examines power transfer scenarios for 2024. (Liberal Mission foundation)
13. Interfax: Law on insulting state symbols doesn’t need adjustment – Peskov.
14. RFE/RL: Dirty Tricks: Navalny Aide’s Bid For Moscow Duma Seat Brings Out The Worst.
15. Paul Goble: Zyuganov Says He’s Loyal to Putin Out of Fears of Disorders.
16. ‘Embryo is a human being’: Russian Orthodox Church seeks ‘right to life’ for unborn children. –
18. Moscow Times: Moscow, St. Petersburg Become Cheaper for Expats, Ranking Says.
19. Financial Times: The below-the-radar success of foreign consultants in Russia. Sanctions have hit businesses but the big consulting firms are still in demand.
20. TASS: Media: Russia views restored rights in PACE as step toward lifting sanctions.
21. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia Regains PACE Voting Rights. –
22. Moscow Times: Vladimir Ryzhkov, Why We Should Welcome Russia Rejoining PACE. Losing its place in the Сouncil of Еurope would hurt Russia’s civil society and increase the country’s isolation.
23. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Kortunov, Russia Rejoins PACE-But the Battle Isn’t Over in Europe.
24. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Russia-India-China will be the big G20 hit. India under Modi, an essential cog in US strategy, gets cozy with China and Russia.
25. Sputnik: Russian Military Has Info Downed US Drone Violated Iranian Airspace – Security Council Secretary. –
26. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian commentary eyes US pressure on Iran. (Fedor Lukyanov)
27. US threatens Turkey with ‘economic ramifications’ over Russia missile defense deal.
28. Meduza: Kashin: Russia and Georgia are overreacting, and the Kremlin is in for bad news.
29. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Ukraine Protests as Russia Returns to the Council of Europe. Germany and France are moving toward dialogue with the Kremlin.
30. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Ukraine experiencing mood swings as most citizens back talks with Donbass.
31. Reuters: Ukraine President’s Party Leads Poll Ahead of July Election.
32. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian state daily says Zelensky has no control over army.
33. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, REPORT: The Real Ukrainian “Snipers’ Massacre”, 20 February 2014. (excerpt)
34. TASS: Hackers target Russia’s defense, nuclear power industry secrets. According to a cyber security official, the United States is the main source of threat to information security.
35. TASS: Russia, post-Soviet bloc stop thousands of cyber attacks against key facilities in 2019.
36. TASS: Russia’s request to make public emails related to DNC server hacks turned down by US.
37. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Larry Johnson, The Myth of Russian Media Influence. –
38. The National Interest: Robert Merry, What Explains the Ferocity of the Attack Against Donald Trump.Standards of evidence have gone out the window when it comes to attacking President Trump.

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