RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#86 :: Wednesday, 22 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#86 :: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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1. Moscow Times: Russia Has Most Protected Natural Areas in the World, WWF Says.
2. Moscow Times: Russian Millennials Worry Most About Corruption and Inequality, Study Says.
3. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian pundit says US foreign policy lacks long-term strategy. (Fyodor Lukyanov)
4. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, The Relationship Between the USA and Russia in the Trump Era.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatyana Stanovaya, Every Man for Himself: The Russian Regime Turns On Itself.
6. Vedomosti: Russian daily says public convinced of ‘corruption of state apparatus’
7. Vedomosti: Poll indicates savings difficulties of Russia’s middle class.
8. Moscow Times: Russia Rejects Bill to Fine Officials for Insulting Citizens.
9. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, The Iron Curtain for the Russian Internet. New laws signed by Putin are an attempt to introduce direct censorship.
10. Meduza: Kolesnikov: The Kommersant scandal is just the latest in an industry that’s been reduced to a sham.
11. New York Times: Russia’s Youth Found Rap. The Kremlin Is Worried.. Streaming and social networks took music out of the hands of the country’s cultural guardians and let a new generation of artists emerge.
12. Moscow Times: Foreign Direct Investment Into Russia Is Falling.
13. Financial Times: SuperJet crash highlights Russia’s struggling domestic industry. Moscow’s plan to mitigate sanctions by creating national champions falters.
14. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia looks for US to propose ‘bigger, better’ arms control. With the end of the INF treaty this year and the New START treaty set to expire soon, Russians are anxious to establish a new arms control regime with the U.S. But they are still waiting for the Trump administration to make an offer.
15. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, From Kennedy-Khrushchev to Trump-Putin.
16. TASS: Izvestia: Number of US tourists visiting Russia grows despite diplomatic tensions.
17. TASS: Security chief does not rule out restoring contacts between Russian, US intel services.
18. Reuters: Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says.
19. TASS:Nezavisimaya Gazeta: THAAD missile system deployed near Russian borders
20. Meduza: Travin: Hopes for Russia’s post-Putin future rely on a China in crisis.
21. Foreign Policy: ELIZABETH BUCHANAN and MATHIEU BOULÈGUE, Russia’s Military Exercises in the Arctic Have More Bark Than Bite. For now, cooperation still reigns.
22. Washington Post: Europe was worried Russia would mess with its elections. Now it has other fears. (excerpt)
23. EU establishment cries ‘Russia!’ in desperate bid to defeat critics. –
24. Russian Embassy in UK: Embassy Press Officer’s comment concerning new articles in the British media on the Salisbury and Amesbury incidents. –
25. ‘Russians don’t surrender’: Butina asks for help to fight injustice in video address from US prison. –
26. American Lawfare in Action! Maria Butina Now Being Bled For Single Cent That She’s Worth! –
27. Interfax: Zelensky calls for tightening anti-Russian sanctions at meeting with U.S. delegation.
28. Wall Street Journal: New Ukraine Leader Calls Snap Election. President advances parliamentary vote in move that could bolster his agenda.
29. TASS: Kommersant: New Ukrainian president takes on Rada and government.
30. Bloomberg: Ukraine’s New President Raises Eyebrows as He Picks Top Staff.
31. The Nation: Lev Golinkin, Joe Biden’s Conflict of Interest on Ukraine. If Biden wants to be president, he should pledge that his son will disentangle himself from investments that could impact foreign policy.
32. The Hill: Sharyl Attkisson, Two scenarios on Trump-Russia investigators – and neither is comforting.

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