RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#97 :: Thursday, 20 June 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#97 :: Thursday, 20 June 2019
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1. Moscow Times: Putin’s Annual Marathon Phone-In Will Focus His Attention Homeward. Protests, pensions and poverty will overshadow geopolitics during Putin’s annual live call-in show Thursday.
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: THE LANDS IN BETWEEN. (re Mitchell Orenstein’s The Lands in Between: Russia vs the West and the New Politics of Hybrid War)
3. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Washington’s Dr. Strangeloves. Is plunging Russia into darkness really a good idea?
4. ‘Age of digital terrorism’ is coming, impact may be as dangerous as WMDs – Moscow.
5. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russian internet giant Yandex takes rare stand against state snooping. The primacy of Russia’s security state is beginning to crimp the global growth of the country’s information technology sector. That could foretell hard choices for the government over what it will prioritize.
6. The Nation: Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Is Russia Loosening Its Grip on the Press? The unexpected release of journalist Ivan Golunov, who was arrested on false drug charges, could be a sign of change to come.
7. Paul Goble: Kremlin’s Reaction to Protests Depends on How Well Informed Putin is – and That Varies Widely, Aides Say.
8. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Putin and Xi Are Going Soft on Protest. Why? The Russian and Chinese regimes are doing something new: Not escalating in the face of protest.
9. Valdai Discussion Club: Artyom Kureev, American Drones in Poland: Tensions Rise on Russia’s Borders.
10. Inside Higher Ed: Growing Sino-Russian Academic Ties. Are both countries seeking alternatives to the West?
11. Russia Beyond: GEORGY MANAEV, Why did socialism fail in the USSR? –
12. Danielle Ryan, Media hysteria over Trump comments on opposition research from foreigners is totally disingenuous. –
12. Danielle Ryan, Media hysteria over Trump comments on opposition research from foreigners is totally disingenuous.
13. Ray McGovern, FBI Never Saw CrowdStrike Unredacted or Final Report on Alleged Russian Hacking Because None was Produced. The FBI relied on CrowdStrike’s “conclusion” to blame Russia for hacking DNC servers, though the private firm never produced a final report and the FBI never asked them to. –
14. Wall Street Journal: White House’s Top Russia Adviser Fiona Hill to Leave Position. National Security Council’s non-proliferation director to succeed her.
15. Carnegie Corporation of New York International Peace and Security: New resource: Whiskey and Vodka: Distilling U.S.-Russia Relations.

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