RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#76 :: Monday, 6 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#76 :: Monday, 6 May 2019
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1. TASS: Unable to unplug: Nearly half of Russians can’t imagine their lives without the Internet.
2. Hegemony of state in Russian economy deepens, warns watchdog.
3. Russian economist criticises government’s efforts to tackle poverty. (Vladislav Inozemtsev)
4. Paul Goble: Russia’s Main Problem isn’t Populism but Two Forms of Elitism, Emil Pain Says.
5. Moscow Times: Emily Couch, Mark Galeotti: ‘The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia.’ Pushkin House Book Prize finalist.
6. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: PUTIN’S WORLD. (re Angela Stent)
7. The National Interest editorial: Standing Up For Realism. Henry Kissinger has noted that America may be “the only country in which the term ‘realist’ can be used as a pejorative epithet,” but realism is needed more than ever-and the Center for the National Interest will continue to promote it proudly.
8. AP: Herzog Says Gorbachev Documentary Has a ‘Subversive Message’
9. TASS: Washington sees Immortal Regiment procession fourth time.
10. Michael Ivanovitch, A U.S. detente with China and Russia would boost the world economy.
11. Financial Times: Nick Butler, Moscow shows that sanctions are a blunt instrument. Concerns about energy security are not deterring buyers of Russian gas.
12. Council on Foreign Relations: Andrew Chatzky, Have Sanctions on Russia Changed Putin’s Calculus? Since Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, Western powers have hit Moscow with economic sanctions, hoping to put a stop to President Vladimir Putin’s aggression. Have they worked?
13. Financial Times: Russia struggles to attract Chinese capital to its Far East. Investors worried about region’s problems despite beneficial tax regime.
14. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, How the European Union’s eastern expansion created Brexit and made an enemy of Russia. Fifteen years on from the EU’s enlargement, the extension arguably sabotaged more than just the quest for an ever-closer union.
15. The Hill: Dov Zakheim, Russia’s sudden change of heart on AI.
16. Bloomberg: Young Arabs Admire Russia, at Least in Theory. Surveys show respect for Putin and his country surpassing longstanding faith in the U.S. It probably won’t last.
17. Stars and Stripes: How the US could push Russia’s defense spending to the brink.
18. Defense One: Jon Wolfsthal, A US-Russia-China Arms Treaty? Extend New START First. Trump’s proposed pact is likely a pipe dream – or a smoke screen for scuttling yet another arms-control agreement.
19. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Will China engage in arms control?
20. The Duran: Coup d’etat for dummies: NATO-backed farce of a “Russian coup attempt” in Montenegro. –
21. Lavrov slams U.S. actions towards Venezuela ahead of Pompeo talks.
22. Kenneth Rapoza, What Russia Stands To Lose In Venezuela.
23. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, Putin Is Ready to Give Up Venezuela for the Right Price. Sergei Lavrov and Mike Pompeo will soon meet in Helsinki to discuss Venezuela’s future.
24. AFP: Russia’s increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War.
25. Ben Aris, GAS WARS: Ukraine faces a bleak winter as Russia prepares to cut it off.
26. Orwellian Cloud Hovers Over Russia-gate. Ray McGovern calls out the void of evidence at the heart of the Senate hearing with Attorney General Barr on Wednesday. –
27. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Larry Johnson, The Malevolent Farce that is Mueller and the Russia Hoax. –
28. The Atlantic: John Sipher, The Russia Investigation Will Continue. Counterintelligence agencies must find it hard to believe the cupboard is already bare. (“they will continue to search for Americans working on behalf of the Kremlin”

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