RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#96 :: Friday, 7 June 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#96 :: Friday, 7 June 2019
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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russian grassroots democracy? Park-goers rally against church land grabs. Russia may seem to lack a political opposition. But democracy is developing at the grassroots level, as shown by citizens’ attempts to push back against land grabs by the Russian Orthodox Church.
2. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Is Russia Waking Up? Protests in Yekaterinburg ended in a victory for civil society. Who’s next?
3. ‘No way!’: Russia’s Health Ministry vocally decries calls to ban abortions.
4. TASS: Putin states crisis of world economic relations.
5. Ben Aris, The US has been isolated by Russia and China, says Russian President Putin at SPIEF.
7. Interfax: Globalization might turn into its own parody – Putin.
8. Meeting with heads of international news agencies.
9. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Are US tariffs pushing China and Russia together? Russia has felt exiled from the West for years, barred by economic sanctions. With China now facing U.S. tariffs and Western suspicions over Huawei, the Kremlin has a potential partner for the future.
10. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Russia, China Are Key and Close Partners.
11. Trump’s sanctions failed to stop surge of Russia-US trade turnover – Putin.
12. Russia to double global food exports, ready to replace US agricultural products in China.
13. Russia to launch Nord Stream 2 despite Danish hurdles & US threats to derail project.
14. Eric Mack, Siberia Could Be The Tourist Hotspot Of The Future, Literally.
15. Kennan Institute: Pavel Koshkin, Michael Calvey Case Revisited: A Corporate Hit, a Bargaining Chip.
16. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, Global Peace: Why a Major War Is Impossible in Modern International Relations. –
17. ‘It’s not the light at the end of the tunnel yet’: Gorbachev talks to media from hospital.
18. Russia Beyond: Daniel Chalyan, OPINION: How HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ lied to us. And why we should still praise it. –
19. Meduza: ‘Illiterate, stupid, uninquiring idiots’ HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ miniseries has enraged Russia’s state media and pro-Kremlin reporters. Here’s why they hate it.
20. Financial Times: Tobias Grey, Stalingrad by Vasily Grossman – a sweeping tale of war and life. This immense prequel to ‘Life and Fate’ on the siege of Stalingrad finally gets its English translation.
21. TASS: RBC: Sanctions could leave Maria Butina’s attorneys with empty pockets.
22. TASS: US government gangsterism: Civic Chamber slams ‘witch-hunt’ verdict against Russian mom.
23. Washington Post editorial: Putin touts Christianity. So why is Russia persecuting Christians?
24. Washington Post: Timothy Frye, Putin touts Russia as a great power. But he’s made it a weak one.
25. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on course to repeat his landslide victory in Ukraine’s parliamentary election.
26. They watched Russia try to sway voters in 2016. Now, they have 45 ideas to avoid a repeat. A report from former government officials and researchers at Stanford University says the U.S. should do more to stop foreign election meddling before 2020.
[Michael McFaul presentation:]
27. The Hill: John Solomon, Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source.

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