RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#92 :: Monday, 3 June 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#92 :: Monday, 3 May 2019
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1. ‘We are a patient country’: Putin spokesman says Kremlin keen on fresh Trump talks.
2. Paul Goble: 75 Percent of Residents of Major Russian Cities Use Internet Every Day; Only 70 Percent Watch TV that Often.
3. May 31, 2019: Generation Putin. ‘If not I, then who?’: Armed with the internet, Russia’s young people want to remake their world.
4. Interfax: Most Russians approve of President Putin’s job performance, say Russia heading in right direction – poll.
5. The Duran: George Callaghan, The popularity of Putin. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin provides continuity and stability. –
6. James Rodgers, The Trickiest Task In Russian Politics? Reading President Putin’s Poll Numbers.
8. Russia Insider: Watch Putin Brainstorm With Young Scientists – How to Boost Science in Russia. (Russian TV News) –
9. Bloomberg: Putin’s Own Government Warns His Campaign Promises Can’t Be Met.
10. Russia Insider: Anatoly Karlin, Russians Beat Out Nazis as Top Villains in Mass-Market Video Games. –
11. Paul Goble: Generational Change Makes Current Protests More Serious than Earlier Ones, Gontmakher Says.
12. AFP: DROWNING IN WASTE, RUSSIANS FUME OVER LACK OF RECYCLING. The rubbish towers above the Timokhovo dump outside Moscow, one of the biggest in Europe.
13. Financial Times: Russian billionaire pushes back over US sanctions. Viktor Vekselberg seen as pro-US but presence at Trump inauguration stoked controversy.
14. Financial Times: Kremlin says Michael Calvey may be released from house arrest. Move would mark shift in case that has shocked Russia’s business community.
15. TASS: Kremlin says it would ‘prefer’ to see Calvey attend SPIEF.
16. Bloomberg: Russia Holds Rare Earths But Mines Little. That’s Changing.
17. TASS: Izvestia: Expert highlights expectations from Xi’s upcoming visit to Russia.
18. TASS: Xi’s visit may offer new prospects for Russian-Chinese cooperation, experts say
19. The Siberian Times: Russia and China are connected: first bridge between the neighbours is joined together. Historic $307 million road link across the Amur River – known in China as the Heilongjiang River – will open in April 2020.
20. Wall Street Journal: In a Blow to Maduro, Russia Withdraws Key Defense Support to Venezuela. Russia has been one of Maduro’s major supporters in its standoff with the U.S.
21. Interfax: Peskov refers question on Russian specialists in Venezuela to organizations servicing hardware there.
22. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Russia has more in common with Israel than meets the eye.
23. Valdai Discussion Club: Oleg Barabanov, Taliban in Russia and the Future of Afghanistan. –
24. Asia Times: Manoj Kumar Mishra, Geopolitics and Russia’s peace initiatives.
25. TASS: Russian embassy in US criticizes Washington Post article on disarmament.
26. A US-led military alliance is closing in on Russia – what you need to know. –
27. We didn’t order sex & drugs scenes to be cut from Elton John biopic, Russian culture ministry says.
28. AP: Russians Criticize Heavily Edited Version of Elton John Film.
29. ‘Chernobyl’ is a blast of a TV series – but don’t call it ‘authentic’ –
30. Live Science: There Are Still 10 Chernobyl-Style Reactors Operating Across Russia. How Do We Know They’re Safe?
31. TASS: RBC: Poroshenko to continue pursuing political career.
32. TASS: Loss of gas transit, ban on oil export from Russia to spell trouble for Ukraine – official.
33. Paul Goble: Ukraine Needs Peace, even a Humiliating Brest-Type One, to Become Strong, Pastukhov Says
34. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan shootings.
35. Awful Avalanche: Babchenko’s “Killer” Confesses: “I was a Ukrainian spy!” – Part I. –
36. Ukrinform (Kyiv): Zelensky’s election may topple Putin’s regime in Russia – British journalist. (Edward Lucas)
37. Facebook: Fred Weir, Mueller Report.
38. Sic Semper Tyrannis: Larry Johnson, More Evidence of the Russian Meddling Lie. –
39. The Hill: David Sloss, Could Russia swing the next presidential election?

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