RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#79 :: Thursday, 9 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#79 :: Thursday, 9 May 2019
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1. Deutsche Welle: Russian ‘spy whale’ may have provided therapy for children. The tame beluga whale that appeared in Norwegian waters may have previously served as a child therapy animal in Russia, according to Fiskeribladet. There had been media speculation that the whale was a Russian navy spy.
2. Meduza: Dueling opinions about Victory Day.
3. Russia Beyond: Immortal Regiment marches across the globe (PHOTOS) –
4. Russia Insider: Goosebumps: Watch Putin Lead a Full Stadium in a Rousing Singing of the Russian National Anthem (English Lyrics) [Video:]
5. Victory Parade on Red Square. Vladimir Putin attended a military parade marking the 74th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
6. NATO Soldier With Grenade Launcher Taunts Russians, Climbs WWII Monument in Estonia! –
7. Reuters: Putin, Battling Ratings Slump, Reviews Red Square Military Parade.
8. The Real News Network: Russia-China Alignment Challenges U.S. Hegemony. (interview with Richard Sakwa) –
9. PONARS Eurasia: Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Russia’s Struggle Over the Meaning of the 1990s and the Keys to Kremlin Power.
10. TASS: Russian non-energy export expected to reach $160 bln in 2019.
11. Russia’s nuclear power exports are booming.
12. Financial Times: Russia ramps up bond sales ahead of possible US sanctions. Moscow’s $1.1bn issuance comes after April fundraising smashed records.
13. Transitions Online: New Russian Documentary Brings the Horrors of the Gulag to the YouTube Generation. Yuri Dud’s documentary has garnered millions of views in days. From Global Voices.
14. The Hill: Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia is the real winner in any US-Iran conflict.
15. Theodore Karasik and Tristan Ober, Divided Arab States Look to Russia. Unlike Western powers, Russia seems to have both the means and the willingness to intervene when its interests are at stake.
16. Moscow Times: Max Hess, In Venezuela, Geopolitics Obscure the True Prize: Oil. To ensure a peaceful transition, the U.S. should offer Russia a stake in Venezuela’s oil.
17. TASS: Russia, US extend agreement on astronauts’ travels to space station on board of Soyuz.
18. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, What’s to be done about the dire state of U.S.-Russia relations?
19. Washington Post editorial: Trump wants to negotiate nuclear deals. He should start with the one he already has.
20. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Russiagate Zealotry Continues to Endanger American National Security. If Venezuela becomes a Cuban Missile-like Crisis, will Trump be free to resolve it peacefully?
21. Interfax-Ukraine: Poroshenko: War lessons give Ukraine grounds for fight against Russian aggression.
22. Maryna Vorotnyuk, Zelenskiy faces tough choices amidst high expectations.
23. The Duran: Russian Archpriest: US behind the Recognition of schismatics in Ukraine. The four signees of the letter don’t even try to conceal the fact that the process of “autocephaly” was political as it was granted not to the Church but state. –
25. So Many Lost Opportunities! Ukraine Continues to Bleed Billions Over No Trade With Russia! –
26. Sputnik: Observers on ‘Political Hack Job’ & Who Really ‘Meddled’ in US 2016 Elections. –
27. The Hill: John Solomon, Steele’s stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election.
28. Suzanne Massie, Why Are We Always Wrong about Russia?

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