RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#133 :: Friday, 24 July 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#133 :: Friday, 24 July 2020
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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, With Siberia in flames, climate change hits home for Russia. Siberia may be best known for being cold. But this summer, large parts of it are in flames – a state of affairs that Russian scientists say is a byproduct of climate change, and is likely to end up accelerating the process.
2. Counterpunch: Robert Hunziker, Thawing Arctic Permafrost –
3. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia, NATO drifting towards Arctic standoff.
4. 52% of Russians say they’re not entirely satisfied with their lives – state pollster.
5. Meduza: Russia’s way out . Microbiologist Denis Logunov explains his headstart on a coronavirus vaccine and why a two-vector approach promises better immunity. [Longer interview in Russian:]
6. TASS: Izvestia: Russians ditching face masks.
7. Russia Beyond: How coronavirus changed habits & daily life of Russians –
8. After 4-month suspension, Russia to resume international flights from August 1; UK & Turkey among first destinations.
9. Meduza: A second chance for LDPR, but hardly a thought for the protests.
10. Facts of the Furgal Case That Are Inconvenient for MSM Propagandists –
11. Twitter: Ollie Richardson, Mini-thread about liberal youth in Russia.
12. Wall Street Journal: Russia Cuts Interest Rates to Record Low. Recession-hit Russian economy is under pressure from the pandemic and low oil prices.
13. New York Times: A Russian Gas Pipeline Increases Tension Between the U.S. and Europe. The Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany pipeline is 94 percent complete. Washington wants to keep it that way.

14. Russia Considers Emulating The World’s Largest Oil Hedge.
15. Mark Galeotti: Re: Subject: A comment on Galeotti. (re Nicolai Petro)
16. Counterpunch: T.J. Coles, UK-Russia Report: the Integrity Initiative Strikes Again! –
17. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 23 JULY 2020 –
18. Russia Beyond: 5 reasons to read Zakhar Prilepin’s ‘The Monastery’ –
19. The Conversation: James Rodgers, From Lenin to Putin: Russia’s turbulent history as told by the foreign press
20. Newsweek: Alex Hudson, Second Cold War With Russia Could Last 40 Years
21. Kennan Institute: Ani Kokobobo and Colleen Lucey, If You Thought US-Russian Relations Were Bad Now, Wait Another 10 Years.
22. Facebook: Fred Weir, Comment re “If You Thought US-Russian Relations Were Bad Now, Wait Another 10 Years”
23. US Space Force accuses Russia of testing ‘weapon-like’ anti-satellite device in orbit.
24. Trump tells Putin he wants to avoid three-way arms race with Russia & China.
25. TASS: Unabating US protests raise serious questions about Trump’s re-election chances – expert –
26. Jacobin: Branko Marcetic, Trump the “Putin Puppet” Just Dramatically Escalated the Undeclared War Against Russia. The national security state has claimed a dangerous new victory: receiving authorization from Trump to conduct cyberattacks against enemies around the world with greater leeway – especially Russia. It’s the latest success for a years-long pressure campaign by the national security bureaucracy centered on Orwellian claims that Trump’s foreign policy is somehow pro-Russian. –
27. TASS: Vedomosti: Parties to Donbass conflict agree to ceasefire monitoring measures.
28. New Cold War: US presidential election and prospects of Kiev advance in eastern Ukraine –
29. Washington Post: Russia’s disinformation campaigns are targeting African Americans
30. The Hill: How Russian imperialism could bring down Putin
31. NPR: Democrats Go On Offense On Russian Election Interference As November Approaches.

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