RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#127 :: Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#127 :: Tuesday, 13 August 2019
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1. Twitter: Ben Aris, Leonid Ragozin and Co., Debating Russia on Twitter.
2. State television’s influence over Russians is slipping – report. A third of Russian adults now obtain most or all of their news from web-based sources, says a new report from the independent Levada Center.
3. Russian poll details use of TV, internet, media. –
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4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, FORGET THE SWEDES; BLAME THE RUSSIANS.
5. TASS: Russian Interior Ministry launches probe into police brutality following Moscow rally.
6. Senator slams Moscow police for using ‘excessive force’ to break up unsanctioned protests.
7. Sputnik: Kremlin Calls Authorities’ Use of Disproportionate Force at Rallies Inadmissible.
8. Grigory Yudin, A roadmap for the Moscow crisis. In Moscow, the standoff between the democratic coalition and authorities is approaching its peak. But protesters have a weapon of their own: a clear advantage in the electoral fight.
9. Al Jazeera: Leonid Ragozin, Putin risks losing Moscow. Russia’s revitalised pro-democracy movement is increasingly gaining ground in the Russian capital.
10. Meduza: Opinion: Moscow’s protests will matter, but only later. (Dmitry Travin)
11. Paul Goble: Protest Movement Must Broaden Its Agenda or It will Ebb After September 8, Makarkin Says.
12. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatyana Stanovaya, Protests Expose Russia’s Regime Rivalry. Russia’s government agencies are so busy competing with one another and presenting themselves in a good light to the Kremlin that they are failing to deal with the new street protests. –
13. The Guardian: Angus Roxburgh, Putin began by embracing the west. Now, he wants revenge. There’s little hope of an improvement in relations so long as the Russian president’s 20-year reign continues.
14. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia’s raw material output grows, while high-tech declines.
15. Sputnik: Oxford Researcher Says US Might Fail to Stop Nord Stream 2, Repeat Reagan’s Failure.
16. Awful Avalanche: 20 Years Since Chechnya War – Part I –
17. Awful Avalanche: 20 Years Since Chechnya War – Part II –
18. TASS: Radiation in Severodvinsk after test site accident notably exceeded background rate.
19. Meduza: Donald Trump says an experimental nuclear-powered cruise missile accidentally blew up in Russia, and here’s why experts say he’s right.
20. New York Times editorial: What Happened at Russia’s Missile Test Site? Don’t expect a straight answer from Vladimir Putin’s government.
21. RFE/RL: U.S. Envoy To North Korea Favored As Next Ambassador To Russia. (Stephen Biegun)
22. Survey shows over half of Russians fear nuclear war.
23. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kazantsev, US Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Potential Scenarios and Consequences. –
24. Valdai Discussion Club: Olga Oliker, Americans in Afghanistan: Ignoring Lessons of the Soviet Intervention. –
25. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, How Tehran fits into Russia-China strategy. Iran continues to sell oil, mostly to China.
26. TASS: UK failure to respond to Skripal case notes is ‘extraordinary situation’ – Russian envoy.
27. Meeting with Head of Republic of Crimea Sergei Aksyonov.
28. TASS: Putin backs idea of dialogue with Kiev, but the results are what counts, says Kremlin.
29. Ben Aris, Zelenskiy’s party won control of parliament, but now he has to control his party.
30. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, How Many People Live in the Ukraine? –
31. Foreign Affairs: Melinda Haring, Breathing Life Into Eastern Ukraine. How to Revive and Reintegrate the Region After the Russian Invasion.
32. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Larry Johnson, Bruce Ohr 302s. (excerpt) –
33. Russiagate is Dead, but for the Political Establishment, it is Still the New 42.Craig Murray offers a guide to a judge’s conclusion that claims made as the basis of Russiagate are insufficient to even warrant a hearing. (excerpt) –
34. Foreign Policy Journal: Jeremy Hammond, New York Times Persists in Russia Election Hacking Conspiracy Theory. (excerpt)
35. Finian Cunningham, Moscow Mitch, Secret Russian Subs…and Russophobia Derangement –
36. Robert Bridge, Shocker: US perfectly capable of insanity without any Russian influence! –
37. Caitlin Johnstone, How To Avoid Being Called A Russian Agent Online. (excerpt)
38. The National Interest: George Beebe, How Trump Can Avoid War with Russia. Our Russia challenge does not fit neatly into either the “offensive Russia” or “defensive Russia” schools of thought, but the tangled set of issues crisscrossing the U.S.-Russian relationship does reflect the complexities of a classic wicked problem.

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