RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#99 :: Monday 24 June 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#99 :: Monday, 24 June 2019
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1. Ben Aris, Putin promises to take out the garbage in his annual phone-in.
2. TASS: Media: How this year’s Q&A differed from Putin’s previous sessions.
3. Direct Line with Vladimir Putin. (transcript continued)
4. Bear Market Blog: Putin’s Direct Line emphasizes efforts to improve living conditions but recants little in foreign policy.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Tatyana Stanovaya, No Change Ahead, a Jaded Putin Signals at Annual Phone-In.
6. Interfax: Almost 3/4 of Russians trust Putin, 2/3 approved of him as president – poll.
7. Moscow Times: Most Russians Say Soviet Union ‘Took Care of Ordinary People’ – Poll.
8. Moscow Times: Russians Are Losing Interest in Foreign Policy, Poll Says.
9. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Lessons from Yekaterinburg.
10. Strategic Culture Foundation: Patrick Armstrong, A Month in the Life of the World’s Richest Man. –
11. TASS: Interior Ministry exposes violations committed during detention of journalist Golunov.
12. The Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, The Kremlin’s Statecraft and Russia’s Freeze-Thaw Cycle.
13. The Economist: The new musketeers. The improbable careers of Vladimir Putin’s bodyguards. Proximity is power.
14. Russia Beyond: How Russia protects critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.
15. Billionaire Arkady Rotenberg discusses Putin friendship & Western sanctions fight in rare interview.
16. Russia extends counter-sanctions against US, EU & allies through 2020.
17. Interfax: Russian govt waiting for EU to grow tired of anti-Russian sanctions. –
18. TASS: Izvestia: Moscow anticipates Washington’s readiness for dialogue in Osaka.
19. Reuters: Russia Warns of Repeat of 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
20. TASS: Deterrence works both ways: Russian diplomat says Pentagon needs to get a grip on reality.
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kotunov, Is There Life After Arms Control Death? –
22. Eugene Rumer and Richard Sokolsky, How to Reset U.S.-Russian Relations Today.
23. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Russia’s role in American politics. A Trump-Putin opportunity at Osaka G-20 summit.
24. Russia Matters: Expert Round-Up: How Likely Is a China-Russia Military Alliance? (excerpt)
25. Meduza: ‘It falls short on meaning’ The director of Russian TV’s upcoming ‘Chernobyl’ miniseries weighs in on the HBO smash hit.
27. Carnegie Moscow Center: Thomas de Wall, Georgia’s Perpetual Street of Protest. The anger is not all about Russia. The Georgian Dream government is increasingly unpopular with large segments of the population.
28. TASS: Kommersant: Anti-Russian unrest in Tbilisi to boomerang on Georgian economy.
29. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Color Revolution in Georgia. –
30. West ‘turns blind eye’ to ‘ultra-nationalists’ rioting when it comes to Georgia – Moscow. –
31. Awful Avalanche: Caucasian Catfight: Maria Bitch-Slaps Salome. (re Georgia) –
32. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, SPLITTER! (re Ukraine)
33. Russia Beyond: 5 great Russian books for your summer reading list. –
34. Asia Times: Andrew Salmon, The war over who won World War II. In the years since Hitler’s downfall, Hollywood’s victory has been history’s defeat – and recent events point to churlish politics in the West.
35. Sean’s Russia Blog Podcast: Sean Guillory, Soviet Anti-Americanism. (interview with Rósa Magnúsdóttir)
36. The Guardian (UK): Victoriya Holland, I’m Russian but I’m not a spy! When we came to the UK, I never expected that my nationality would be any kind of problem, but I’ve found it very difficult to be Russian and live here in the North.

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