RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#204 :: Thursday, 19 December 2019
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#204 :: Thursday, 19 December 2019
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1. Reuters: Moscow Wonders Where Winter Has Gone as Temperatures Hit 133-Year High.
2. CNN: Earth’s magnetic north pole is heading for Russia and scientists are puzzled.
3. Interfax: Putin sees domestic stability as his main achievement.
4. Moscow Times: Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Quotes. We watched all four hours so you don’t have to.
5. TASS: Putin against adoption of new Constitution, but sees logic in more rights for parliament.
6. TASS: Russia inherited myriad of ethnic ‘sore points’ after USSR collapsed, says Putin.
7. www.rt.com: Russia has become world’s NUMBER 1 exporter of wheat & other agriculture – Putin.
8. www.rt.com: Russia has no ‘military alliance’ with China, but the US is seeking a military bloc in East Asia – Putin.
9. TASS: Law on foreign agents restricts foreign intervention, says Putin.
10. Wall Street Journal: Putin Criticizes Democrats for Impeaching Trump. Russian leader dismisses the impeachment in Washington as political theater.
11. www.rt.com: LIVE UPDATES. Putin takes questions from the media in annual year-end press conference.
12. Meduza: Putin announces felony charges against ex-cops who arrested ‘Meduza’ reporter Ivan Golunov in June. The case was launched yesterday.
13. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Putin conducts first meeting with new human rights council.
14. Forbes.com: Putin’s ‘Vulnerable’ Computer: Does The Russian President Really Use Windows XP?
15. New Statesman: Samuel Greene and Graeme Robertsoon, After 20 years of power, are the tides turning against Vladimir Putin? The dominant idea that things cannot change politically – a message that has been hammered home for two decades – may be starting to weaken among the Russian public.
16. The Economist: Siberia. Siberia is an empty land filled with contradictions. Russia’s limitless expanse is home to art, freedom, history and many, many trees.
17. Financial Times: Echoes of the cold war as Russia boosts number of foreign students. Moscow aims to double university intake from overseas to boost skills and build ties.
18. Intellinews.com: Russia poised to lead the global digital agenda with the world’s largest track & trace system.
19. www.rt.com: If Washington wants to help Ukraine, it should give Kiev money – Putin.
20. TASS: Izvestia: Kiev and Donbass still have a shot at striking a deal.
21. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, No gas transit deal with Russia “99% certain” as Ukraine hikes gas tariffs for local producers.
22. AP: Ukraine, Separatists Fail to Agree on Prisoner Exchange.
23. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Hope Against Hope in Paris: VVP, Ze, and Some from the West.
24. www.rt.com: Dialogue between Kiev & people in eastern Ukraine needed to resolve conflict – Putin.
25. The Unz Review: The Saker, Autopsy of the Minsk Agreements.
26. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, RUSSIA LYING LITE – MARTIN CRUZ SMITH SELLS A NOVEL ABOUT MIKHAIL KHODORKOVSKY MAKING LOVE TO ANNA POLITKOVSKAYA IN IRKUTSK (NO JOKE)
27. Russia Beyond: All about the Russian spy ship that ‘spooked’ U.S. waters.
28. In Moscow’s Shadows: Mark Galeotti, Correspondences between the Donald and the Ivan: a not-deeply-thought-through musing.
29. Daily Beast: Trump Administration Battles New Sanctions on Russia. On Tuesday, President Trump claimed he was tougher on Russia than his predecessor. At the same time, his subordinates strongly opposed a bill imposing new sanctions on Moscow.
30. New York Review of Books: Michael Weiss, The Long, Dark History of Russia’s Murder, Inc.
31. The Unz Review: C.J. Hopkins, The Year of Manufactured Hysteria. (excerpt)
32. New York Times: Ross Douthat, Laughing Through the Trump Era. The great drama of the Russia investigation has turned out to be a dark Coen brothers farce.
33. Moon of Alabama: How The Deep State Sunk The Democratic Party. (excerpt)
34. Wall Street Journal: Daniel Henninger, Where’s the Liberal Outrage? Would Joe Biden or any other Democratic president let the FBI’s discredited behavior become the norm?