RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#113 :: Wednesday, 17 July 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#113 :: Wednesday, 17 July 2019
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1. Russia Beyond: Daniel Chalyan, OPINION: Hollywood’s demonization of Russians today is worse than during the Cold War. –
2. The Express (UK): Russia’s secret plan to launch war on Europe while the rest of the world is distracted. RUSSIA is scheming a top-secret plot to launch war on Europe while allies such as the US and UK divert their attention to climate change and the EU immigration crisis, a former NATO secretary general has warned.
3. Russophobia exists and it affects politics in the West. Russian state propaganda labels any suggestion that Russia might be blamed for some wrongdoing as Russophobia. Does it mean that Russophobia is solely the fruit of imagination? No, alas it doesn’t. Russophobia exists, argues journalist Leonid Ragozin. The myth about an omnipotent Russia which meddles everywhere, obscures the fact that Trump and Brexit are the product of impotency that span entire Western societies. –
4. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Poll says ‘demand fo change’ increases in Russia.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Kremlin’s Rejection of United Russia Is Rejection of Politics Itself. Candidates backed by the authorities are increasingly declining to be nominated by United Russia. The ruling party doesn’t fit well into the technocratic-apolitical worldview of the presidential administration’s domestic policy bloc: after all, corporations don’t need parties. United Russia is approaching the role long played by the All-Russia People’s Front, the aborted party of power.
6. Financial Times: John Lloyd, The roots of Putin’s power over Russia. Four new books examine the leader’s hold over the vast nation through the lens of history.
7. Bear Market Blog: Volodin proposes constitutional changes with eye on 2024.
8. Interfax: Adjustments to Russian Constitution have to be pinpointed – Volodin.
9. Interfax: Kremlin distances itself from Moscow election controversy.
10. Meduza: Moscow student climate protesters receive permission for small but unprecedented mass action on July 19.
10b. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrei Kolesnikov, What Are Russians Protesting About? Recent demonstrations in Russia have not been led by a particular group or movement with grand political designs. Instead, protesters in Arkhangelsk – much like those in Yekaterinburg and even in Moscow – are simply people fighting for their government, finally, to treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.
11. TASS: Police officers dismissed due to Golunov case to seek reinstatement through court battle.
12. Reuters: IMF Cuts Forecast for Russian 2019 GDP Growth to 1.2%, Calls for Reforms.
13. Bloomberg: Kremlin’s Growth Hopes Face New Headwinds as Economy Sputters.
14. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Consumer sentiment remains negative in Russia.
15. Russia solving America’s debt problem…by dumping US Treasury securities.
16. Moscow Times: Russians’ Fear of Chernobyl Repeat Hits Record Low, Poll Says.
17. TASS: Russian Foreign Ministry slams reports on US teachers refused Russian visas as blatant lie.
18. New York Times: Russia Denies Visas for Teachers at Anglo-American School in Moscow.
19. Russia-US relations won’t get better soon, not with 2020 in the offing – Lavrov.
20. TASS: Russian top diplomat expects no improvements in Russia-US ties in near future.
21. TASS: Strategic stability consultations between Russia, US kick off in Geneva.
22. Interfax: New nuclear arms treaty shouldn’t be worse than New START, but there’s only its outline now – Russia’s Dzhabarov.
23. UnHerd: Mary Dejevsky, What Brexiteers share with Russians. Indifference could cause the break-up of the Union.
24. NATO-linked pundits say Russia is set for ‘regional war’ in Europe, but do the facts back it up? –
25. Danielle Ryan, Italy seizes weapons from neo-Nazis…Western media immediately fabricates a link to Russia. –
26. USA Today: Michael O’Hanlon and Sean Zeigler, No, we aren’t on the brink of a new Cold War with Russia and China.
27. Valdai Discussion Club: Hans-Joachim Spanger, Russia’s Turn to the East – Seen From the West.
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Brodachev, A Weak Europe: Would it Suit Russia and China? –
29. Martin Sieff, Thinking Fast and Slow: Why the West Cannot See the Rise of Russia and China. –
30. Through Russian Eyes: Jonathan Haslam, China Also Threatens Russian Security. –
31. Asia Times: Ahmed Bux Jamali, Iran, Russia and Syria: strategic convergence.
32. Leonid Ragozin, What is behind the recent spat between Georgia and Russia? The recent escalation in tensions serves political interests in both Moscow and Tbilisi.
33. Joseph Kocera, Amid Georgia-Russia crisis, U.S. stays quiet. Washington’s reticence to get involved is a departure from previous years, when it was one of Tbilisi’s most reliably vocal allies.
35. TASS: Izvestia: Kiev yields on Russian language to sway Donbass.
36. TASS: Russian human rights defender calls for changing preventive measures for Ukrainian sailors.
37. Ray McGovern, Sic Transit Gloria Mueller. Democrats, stenographers who pass for journalists and the “Mueller team” will need all the time they can to come up with imaginative responses to two recent bombshell revelations. –
38. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Russia’s Roadmap Out of the MH17 Crisis. No way out from MH17 trap for Russia, except through Donbass.
39. Asia Times: Nile Bowie, Five years on, no answers to who felled MH17. Asia Times examines in two parts why Malaysia’s premier and others doubt a Dutch-led probe’s finding that Russia shot down flight MH17.

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