RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#71 :: Friday, 17 April 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#71 :: Friday, 17 April 2020
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1. The Unz Review: Comment on “Putler Closing the American Mind” –
2. Alarming record: Number of new coronavirus cases in Russia surpasses 4,000.
3. TASS: Putin gives instructions to start preparations for coronavirus vaccine production.
4. Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus Concerns Prompt Russia’s Putin to Postpone Victory Day Parade. Kremlin leader promises to hold festivities after pandemic retreats but gives no new date.
5. TASS: Kommersant: Putin postpones Victory Day parade.
6. Moscow could soon look like NEW YORK as coronavirus sweeps Russian capital – top virologist.
7. TASS: US rejects request to house stranded Russian nationals on seized diplomatic property.
8. Asia Times: Giovanni Pigni, Russia’s leadership vacuum grows as virus spreads. President Vladimir Putin has prudently delegated authority and taken a back seat amid the accelerating pandemic.
9. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 16 APRIL 2020.
10. Global News (Canada): Matthew Fisher, Coronavirus will strain Russia’s already troubled health care system –
11. New York Times: How Bubonic Plague Has Helped Russia Fight the Coronavirus. A network of health centers formed by the Soviet Union in the 1920s is providing expertise in quarantines and epidemic response for Covid-19.
12. RFE/RL: The Week In Russia: The Coronavirus And Kremlin Control.
13. Verso Books: Five book plan: The making of Putin’s Russia. As Vladimir Putin attempts to extend his grip on power into the future, Tony Wood, author of new-in-paperback Russia Without Putin, picks out five books that will help us think about how Russia works, and where Putin’s power came from in the first place.
14. TASS: Moscow aware of only 6 Russian schoolkids who returned home from US. According to the diplomat, Washington still has not submitted lists of names and phone numbers of the Russian students to Moscow.
15. TASS: Economic Development Minister rules out possibility of new default in Russia.
16. Financial Times: Russian oil groups wrangle over Opec deal. Dispute about how to share output cuts throws country’s pledge into doubt.
17. Moscow Times: Russia’s Aeroflot Cancels International Flight Sales Until August.
18. International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS): Nigel Gould-Davies, Russia’s failed OPEC gamble. Last week’s OPEC+ agreement on new production cuts brings to an end six weeks of energy market turbulence. For Russia, the affair has been a big setback. It has lost out economically and, even more, politically.
19. Meduza: The president without a plan. Alexander Lukashenko still insists nobody’s going to die from COVID-19. What on earth is happening in Belarus?
20. Shishir Upadhyaya and Danielle Ryan, WHO first? It’s time to revamp global institutions and prepare for a new post-Covid world order –
21. Russia Matters: William Tobey, Simon Saradzhyan and Nickolas Roth, Maintaining Nuclear Safety and Security During the COVID-19 Crisis. (excerpt)
22. Valdai Discussion Club: Richard Weitz and Tamara Kolesnikova, From the Cold War Era to a New Nuclear Weapons Limitation Mechanism. Is it possible to move from the bilateral relations of the Cold War era to the creation of a new, multilateral system for limiting nuclear weapons?
23. Philip Giraldi, The Russians Get Blamed Again, but Who Is Really Subverting American Democracy? –
25. Mother Jones: David Corn, Adam Schiff: Russia Is Still Interfering With US Elections-and Trump Is Covering It Up. The Intelligence Committee chair says the president is holding back information.

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