RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#90 :: Thursday, 30 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#90 :: Thursday, 30 May 2019
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1. Russia clarifies threats that would lead it to cut RuNet off from World Wide Web.
2. Russia Beyond: Russia’s energy sector explained in 4 simple questions.
3. New law in Russia ends ban on HIV, Hep-C parents adopting children.
4. Moscow Times: Russians Stand Side by Side at LGBT Film Festival. Amid bomb threats and protests, Side by Side powers through. –
5. Trud: Russian experts cited on declining public trust in Medvedev.
6. Washington Post editorial: Russians show they can resist Putin’s war on dissent. Unusual protests occurred this month in Russia’s closed political system.
7. Moscow Times: Kremlin Asks Specialists to Explain Putin’s Falling Trust Ratings.
8. The Unz Review: The Saker, Prospects for the Emergence of a Real Opposition in Russia. –
9. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebranded ‘Freedom Gas’ Is a Not-So-Subtle Dig at Russia.
10. TASS: Russian embassy: Conservative US political analysts distort facts related to New START.
11. INF treaty suspension enables Russia to develop new arms and boost national security – Moscow.
12. Pentagon tells same old story: Russia ‘PROBABLY’ violating nuke treaty… that US never ratified.
13. The National Interest: David Axe, Is Russia Testing Nuclear Weapons in Secret? Most likely the answer is no. But there is a much bigger issue here that must be addressed.
14. TASS: US never publicly provided any evidence of Russia’s violation of CTBT – experts.
15. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov, Bandmaster or Conductor: What is Wrong with the EU “Selective Engagement” Policy? –
16. Russian International Affairs Council: Fabienne Bossuyt, Connecting Eurasia: Is Cooperation between Russia, China, and the EU in Central Asia Possible? –
17. Russia closes Northern Sea Route for foreign warships.
18. AP: Top US and Russian Diplomats Discussed Ways to End Syria War.
19. Interfax: Still possible to prevent Tehran’s possible withdrawal from JCPOA, NPT – Russian ambassador to Iran.
20. Foreign Policy: Reese Erlich, Trump Is Driving Iran into Russia’s Arms. U.S. sanctions won’t necessarily isolate Tehran. They could spur new strategic alliances.
21. TASS: Niece gives up idea to visit UK to meet with Skripal.
22. New Statesman: Charles Grant, How the Kremlin sees the rest of the world. Russian analysts reckon the US will be less focused on intervening around the world and will be more nationalist, mercantilist and interest-focused. –
23. Twitter: Sean Guillory, Russophobia.
24. TASS: Kommersant: Saakashvili’s comeback to play into Zelensky’s hands.
25. Ukraine blames EU for bad integration pact, after ousting president who refused to seal the deal.
26. TASS: Hackers failed to derail 2018 FIFA World Cup with over 25 mln cyber attacks against Russia.
27. ‘Highly likely’ is the new evidence: Five times Western officials had no proof but media fell for it.
28. TASS: Kremlin hopes Russophobia won’t dominate US election campaign.
29. Washington Examiner: Byron York, Retrospective: Mueller and the fatal flaw of the Trump-Russia affair.
30. Facebook: Fred Weir, Re NYT “Potential Clash Over Secrets Looms Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A.”
31. Matt Taibbi, The intelligence community needs a house-cleaning. John Brennan and the CIA claim lives will be endangered if their work is declassified. That excuse only works so many times.

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