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. Russia has become world’s NUMBER 1 exporter of wheat & other agriculture – Putin.
8. 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. 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. 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. Russia poised to lead the global digital agenda with the world’s largest track & trace system.
19. 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. 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. Dialogue between Kiev & people in eastern Ukraine needed to resolve conflict – Putin.
25. The Unz Review: The Saker, Autopsy of the Minsk Agreements.
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?

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