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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#81 :: Monday, 4 May 2020
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1. Russia Beyond: How are Russians different to other nationalities? (we asked the Russians) – rbth.com/lifestyle/332111-russian-differences
2. Bloomberg: Coronavirus Has Exposed Putin’s Brittle Regime.
3. CNN: As coronavirus hits record numbers in Russia, this is a dangerous moment for Putin.
4. Financial Times: Russia: Pandemic tests Putin’s grip on power.
5. The Express (UK): End of Putin? Public anger and defiance grows as popularity ratings plummet.
6. JSTOR Daily: Was Russia Destined to Be an Autocracy? The most important factors that steered Russia away from democracy, says one scholar, weren’t inevitable. (re Michael McFaul)
7. The New Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, Comment.
8. Paul Goble: First Russian Opposition Online Meeting Attracts Widespread Interest and 4800 Participants.
9. Washington Post: Russia has a huge fund for times of crisis. But Putin is hesitating on a sweeping rescue plan.
10. New York Times: As Putin Dallies, Russia’s Small Businesses Are Withering Away. The Russian president, who seems to share the traditional Soviet view of entrepreneurs as “swindlers,” is doing little to help them through a coronavirus lockdown.
11. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin 100 days of servitude. Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin completes his first 100 days in office, but the job has changed radically.
12. www.rt.com: Over 10,000 for the 1st time: Russia hits new daily record for fresh coronavirus cases.
13. TASS: Actual number of Moscow’s coronavirus cases amounts to two percent of population – mayor.
14. TASS: Spread of COVID-19 cannot be fully stopped now, Russia’s chief sanitary doctor says.
15. RFE/RL: Russia To Adjust Spending On Putin’s ‘National Projects’ As Economy Hit By Coronavirus.
16. New York Times: Too Cold for an Oil Cut? Russia’s Move Reveals a Long-Running Bluff. Moscow long rejected OPEC’s pleas to reduce output, citing its frosty climate as an excuse. Now, facing a glut, the country is closing wells, many in the Arctic.
17. The National Interest: Dimitri Alexander Simes, Will Russia Be the Real Loser in the New U.S.-China Cold War? Although Moscow has previously benefited from increased tensions between Washington and Beijing, recent developments threaten to go too far.
18. The National Interest: James Holmes, Why Warlike One-Upmanship Works to Russia’s Benefit. Russia is less an enigma than a product of its unique history combined with basic human passions that endure from age to age. These forces shape politics and strategy in Moscow.
19. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, NATO-backed group admits it doesn’t care about Orban’s disregard for ‘Western values,’ so long as Hungary helps oppose Russia – rt.com/op-ed/487674-orban-disregard-west-oppose-russia/


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