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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#8 :: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
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1. Moscow Times: Moscow’s Record Wave of Bomb Hoaxes Continues Into 2020.
2. Moscow Times: Climate Change Threatens Russia’s Economic Growth, Watchdog Warns. Audit Chamber warns Russia will not hit targets to increase life expectancy and boost economy unless country addresses climate change.
3. Yezhednevny Zhurnal: Russian pundit says 2019 belonged to ‘angry people’ (Alexei Makarkin)
4. Interfax: Mothers against Political Repressions again ask Moscow govt for permission to go on march.
5. A maximum of RUB2-3bn are stolen from the Russian federal budget every year, says Kudrin.
6. Moscow Times: Moscow Builds Record Number of New Apartments. The city’s renovation drive and tumbling mortgage rates helped deliver a construction boom in 2019. (With comment by Fred Weir)
7. Meduza: ‘We traditionally turn a blind eye’. A scholar explains how mass retractions and the largest audit in the history of Russian academia will affect the country’s higher education
8. Russia Bets Big On The World’s Least Explored Oil Frontier. (Africa)
9. NPR: BOOK REVIEW. ‘Between Two Fires’ Asks: At What Point Are We Responsible For Our Actions? (Joshua Yaffa)
10. Irish Times: Sketches of the Criminal World: Cold, unromantic stories of criminality. Book review: Varlam Shalamov draws on his 15 years as a political prisoner in Russia.
11. The Diplomat: Maria Shagina, Has Russia’s Pivot to Asia Worked? Russia’s pivot to Asia is instrumental for offsetting Western sanctions.
12. Wall Street Journal: Russia Gives China a Leg Up in Foreign Broadcasting. Moscow-run RT backs China on Hong Kong, Uighurs as countries join in information battle against U.S.
13. Voice of America: Russia Claims Progress but Falls Short on Libya Cease-Fire Deal.
14. Carnegie Moscow Center: Kirill Zharov, Can Russia and Turkey Bring Peace to Libya?
15. Interfax: Prospects vague for Iran deal renewal in near future – Duma.
16. TASS: Russia ready to help establish dialogue between US and Iran, Lavrov says.
17. Komsomolskaya Pravda: Russian daily warns of ‘war’ in Middle East amid US-Iran tension.
18. BBC Monitoring: Russian pundits lambast ‘incompetent’ Iran air defence.
19. Asia Times: US hit on Soleimani plays into Kremlin’s hands. On a complex chessboard, the US assassination grants Moscow immediate benefits – and wider regional potential.
20. Breaking Defense: China, Russia Press For Mideast Gains While US Talks Of Withdrawal. Moscow is making sure no one forgets the role it has played in the Middle East, while Beijing searches for inroads in a region President Trump has pledged to leave.
21. Infobrics: U.S. Media Says Russia the True Winner in Hostilities Against Iran.
22. OUTLOOK 2020 Belarus.
23. Zero Hedge: Tyler Durden, Here Comes Wikigate 2: NYT Claims Russian Hackers Successfully “Breached” Burisma.
24. Consortiumnews: Documentary Released Monday Sheds New Light on Ukrainegate. A new documentary by Olivier Berruyer, editor of the website, released in conjunction with Consortium News on Monday, sorts out the complicated scandal and the role Joe Biden played in it.
25. TASS: Russian IT specialists hired by embassy unable to enter US for two years.
26. TASS: Court in Ukraine orders investigation of Poroshenko, Obama administration members.
27. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, Be prepared to fight a dangerous new wave of disinformation during the Senate trial.
28. The American Interest; Kyle Wilson, MOSCOW DOWN UNDER. Russia’s Australian Well-Wishers. What does Russia want in Australia-and why are there so many fellow travelers supporting its interests there?
29. Alternative Insight: Disinformation of Disinformation. The Russian caper.

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