RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#80 :: Friday, 1 May 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#80 :: Friday, 1 May 2020
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1. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, How Russia Can Maintain Equilibrium in the Post-Pandemic Bipolar World. To avoid becoming part of a Sino-centric power bloc and maintain international equilibrium, which is critically important to Russia’s status and self-image, Moscow must reduce its dependence on China by fostering its relations with other large economic and financial players: primarily European countries, India, and Japan.
2. Realclearinvestigations: Tom Kuntz, The NY Times Used to Correct Its Whoppers. But Not These Two. Here’s Why.
3. New York Times: Putin’s Long War Against American Science. A decade of health disinformation promoted by President Vladimir Putin of Russia has sown wide confusion, hurt major institutions and encouraged the spread of deadly illnesses.
4. New York Times: Putin, Russia’s Man of Action, Is Passive, Even Bored, in the Coronavirus Era. The pandemic has derailed Vladimir V. Putin’s plans for a big military parade and a referendum extending his rule – and now knocked out his prime minister – as the Russian leader struggles to find his stride.
5. New York Times: Republican-Led Review Backs Intelligence Findings on Russian Interference. A new Senate report undercuts claims by President Trump and his allies that Obama-era officials sought to undermine him while investigating Russia’s 2016 election meddling.
6. The Unz Review: The Saker, Is There a “6th Column” Trying to Subvert Russia? –
7. Between Two Worlds: The “Art” of an American Surviving in Small Town Russia: Hal Freeman, COVID-19 STATUS UPDATE FROM LUGA, RUSSIA.
8. Meduza: Number of new COVID-19 cases in Russia has plateaued, says former health minister.
9. TASS: Changes in coronavirus trajectory in Russia inspire hope – chief sanitary doctor.
10. Reuters: Putin’s Critics Try to Tap Discontent Over Coronavirus Lockdown Pain.
11. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 30 APRIL 2020 –
12. Russian Prime Minister Mishustin tests positive for coronavirus as national total tops 100,000 cases –
13. Meduza: Russia’s prime minister has coronavirus and government sources say he might have permanently lost his position as cabinet head.
14. TASS: Experts: Russian economy may require support worth 5 trillion rubles ($67.3 bln)
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Natalia Orlova, Russian National Projects During the Crisis Period –
16. RFE/RL: Russia’s Energy Czar, Disliked And Feared, Catches Blame As Oil Prices Collapse, Venezuela Deals Crumble. (Igor Sechin)
17. AFP: In Russia virus lockdown, fears of a return to the bottle.
18. Unexpected effect? Russians give up booze and sweets as Covid-19 causes healthy lifestyle kick.
19. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Prague Assassination Claims Alarming but Fortunately Likely Fantasy. Why I find it hard to take the story at face value.
20. Russia Beyond: 5 films to temporarily substitute travelling to Russia.
21. Bloomberg: Hopes Fade for Ukraine Deal That Could Ease Russia Sanctions.
22. Foreign Policy: Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation. A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.
23. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, The FBI’s Flynn Outrage. New documents shock the conscience and demonstrate the need for accountability.
24. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, DOOMED TWICE.

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