RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2021-#4 :: Thursday, 7 January 2021

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RUSSIALINK: “2020: The People Russia Lost” – Moscow Times

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Dec. 31, 2020) In 2020 the number of deaths in Russia of prominent and beloved public figures was devastatingly high, many from the coronavirus, but some from other causes as well. The performing arts were particularly hard hit by Covid-19, since by the nature of the professions, people at work cannot be masked or socially […]

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From Primers on How to Manage Relationship with Russia to Lessons of Karabakh War: RM’s Most Read of 2020

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(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – RM Staff – Dec. 28, 2020) From the U.S. and Russia’s contributions to subduing ISIS and the agreements that keep the two nuclear superpowers from stumbling into war, to the reverberations of conflicts in Russia’s near abroad and why U.S. policy toward Moscow should not create incentives for closer Russia-China ties, Russia Matters’ most popular reads of […]

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Baku’s Success in Using Turkish Drones Raises Question: Could Ukraine Use Them Against Russia in Crimea?

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(Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 17, Issue 179 – Paul Goble – Dec. 16, 2020) The Azerbaijani military’s use of Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), purchased from Turkey, played such a prominent role in Baku’s victory over Armenian forces during the Second Karabakh War (September 27–November 9, 2020) that defense analysts around the world are […]

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Putin: Russia Reduces Its Dependence On Oil

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(Oilprice.com – Irina Slav – Dec. 17, 2020) Russia is successfully weaning itself off oil revenues, President Vladimir Putin said today during an annual end-of-the-year news conference, as quoted by RT. “This means that, while we’re not completely there, we are nonetheless starting to get off the so-called oil and gas needle,” Putin said, adding, “If someone still wants to […]

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Is Crimea Now Costing Russia More Than It Is Worth?

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

… Not only did that aggressive breach of international law trigger Western sanctions … the authorities in Moscow also never gave the public an honest estimate of just how much money would need to be spent, nor for how long […]

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Western Sanctions Have Had ‘Outsized Impact’ On Russian Companies, Economist Says

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… Russian corporations have lost almost $100 billion since sanctions were imposed … following the annexation of Crimea … equivalent to about 4.2 percent of the country’s economy [then] […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#221 :: Wednesday, 9 December 2020

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#220 :: Tuesday, 8 December 2020

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EVENT VIDEO: JRL NEWSWATCH: “Politics, Tragedy, Sovereignty: A Panel Discussion on the Meaning of Today’s Russia” – Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy/ Anatol Lieven, Marlene Laruelle, James Carden, Boris Mezhuev, Paul Robinson, Richard Sakwa

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“The Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy recently hosted a panel discussion on U.S.–Russia relations and Russia’s place in the world. … The discussion was moderated by Anatol Lieven, the distinguished journalist and scholar. The panel was comprised of George Washington University’s Marlene Laurelle, the philosopher and editor Boris Mezhuev, the University of Kent’s Richard Sakwa, the University of Ottawa’s […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S. officials suspect Russia in mystery ‘attacks’ on diplomats in Cuba, China” – CNBC/ Josh Lederman, Courtney Kube, Abigail Williams, Ken Dilanian

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“Intelligence agencies investigating mysterious ‘attacks’ … [leading] to brain injuries in U.S. personnel in Cuba and China consider Russia … the main suspect, three U.S. officials and two others briefed on the investigation [said] …. backed up by evidence from communications intercepts, known in the spy world as signals intelligence, amassed during a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the FBI, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Former presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya wants to be Belarusian interim president for 45 days” – Interfax

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Former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has said that she is willing to lead the country in the transitional period […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#219 :: Monday, 7 December 2020

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Aleksei Navalny, Ready to Run Again in Russia” – The New York Review of Books/ Amy Knight

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“The Russian opposition politician, who narrowly escaped death by nerve agent poisoning, remains undeterred from challenging Putin’s hegemony.” “Though not yet restored to full health, … Navalny is recovering in Germany from the poisoning that almost killed him … preparing to return to Russia to continue his fight for democracy. … Not surprisingly, the Kremlin has refused to initiate a […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Mixed Censorship Model Is a Boon for Online Activism” – Moscow Times

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New research shows the growth of mobile internet leads to falling trust in governments, with Navalny as the prime example. (Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jake Cordell – Dec. 4, 2020) The rapid spread of mobile internet around the world over the last decade has directly contributed to falling levels of trust in government and a surge in populism, according […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Clock is Ticking on New START Extension” – Air Force Magazine/ Amy McCullough

File Photo of Stealth Bomber in Flight

“… New START … set to expire … Feb. 5, 2021 … limits each party to 1,500 deployed nuclear warheads and allows up to 700 of any combination of deployed intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles, and nuclear-capable bombers. It appeared a deal was on the horizon in October, with the Trump administration proposing to extend the treaty for one […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Nagorno-Karabakh conflict killed 5,000 soldiers” – BBC

Map of Azerbaijan and Environs, adapted from image at cia.gov

“… Azerbaijan made significant territorial gains but gave no casualty numbers, while Armenia said last month it had counted 2,425 dead soldiers. Now Azerbaijan says 2,783 of its forces died in the Nagorno-Karabakh war and another 100 are missing in action. It brings to over 5,000 the number of soldiers confirmed to have died. At least 143 civilians were also […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Putin explains why AI cannot yet run country” – Interfax

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While the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in public administration is bound to grow, a machine cannot yet be the leader of a state, … Putin […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#218 :: Friday, 4 December 2020

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RUSSIALINK: “5 Questions About Russia’s Sputnik V Vaccine, Answered” – Moscow Times

File Photo of Blue-Gloved Hand Holding Syringe and Injecting Arm, adapted from image at nih.gov

Hours after Pfizer-BioNTech made headlines … winning the first official general-use vaccine approval in the western world, … Putin ordered large-scale vaccination with [Russia’s] domestically produced] Sputnik V to start … late next week […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#217 :: Thursday, 3 December 2020

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Putin orders start of large-scale coronavirus vaccination in Russia ‘next week’” – Meduza

File Photo of Blue-Gloved Hand Holding Syringe and Injecting Arm, adapted from image at nih.gov

“… Putin [reportedly] has asked Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to start large-scale coronavirus vaccination … next week ….’… more than two million doses have already been produced … or will be produced in the next few days …. [with vaccinations prioritizing] doctors and teacher[s].’ … The Sputnik V vaccine is … undergoing Phase III clinical trials, involving 40,000 volunteers. […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Putin Urges Post-Soviet Allies to Support Embattled Armenian PM” – Moscow Times

Armenia Map and Flag

… Putin has urged fellow members of a post-Soviet military bloc to support Armenia’s prime minister as he grapples with domestic pressure over … a Moscow-brokered peace deal with Azerbaijan […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#216 :: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

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RUSSIALINK: “Blame Climate Change for Historically Warm Fall in Russia’s Biggest Cities, Experts Say” – Moscow Times

Cartoon Sun and Thermometer, adapted from cdc.gov

… Russia’s two largest cities experienced the warmest autumn temperatures of their recorded histories in 2020 …. And it’s only the beginning, experts say […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#215 :: Tuesday, 1 December 2020

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EVENT: “Russia’s Meaning Post-Election: Panel Discussion, Wed., Dec. 2, 2020” – [Virtual/Zoom] – Simone Weil Center for Political Philosophy

File Photo of U.S. Embassy Moscow, with Russian Foreign Ministry Building in Distance

Subject: Russia’s Meaning Post-Election: Panel Discussion, Wed., Dec. 2, 2020 Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2020 From: Paul Grenier <psgrenier@gmail.com> Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 12 Noon – 1:15 PM (EST) Panelists: Marlene Laruelle, James Carden, Anatol Lieven, Boris Mezhuev, Paul Robinson, Richard Sakwa Topic: What does the election mean for US-Russia relations? Aside from how Russia might influence the U.S., for […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#214 :: Monday, 30 November 2020

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#213 :: Saturday, 28 November 2020

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Young Russians Increasingly More Pessimistic about Future than Their Elders, Goncharov Says

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

… That pattern, [a] Levada Center sociologist says, reflects … the very different experiences of the two generations and the inability of the Putin government to find a common language with the rising generation … a threat to the stability of the regime […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Over 20 NGOs appeal to Russian ombudsman, Council of Europe over broadening of foreign agent list, tightening of requirements” – Interfax

Russian State Duma Building file photo

… The authors of the address added that, if these bills are passed, it will become far more challenging to organize rallies, demonstrations, processions, and pickets […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Moscow Plans Expanded Social Credit-Style Tracking System – Open Media” – Moscow Times

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Moscow plans to track its residents’ “loyalty” with detailed digital profiles […]

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Armenians See Russia As ‘Savior’ Not ‘Scapegoat’ In Nagorno-Karabakh War

Map of Azerbaijan and Environs, adapted from image at cia.gov

(Article text ©2020 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Ron Synovitz – Nov. 24, 2020 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/armenians-see-russia-as-savior-not-scapegoat-in-nagorno-karabakh-war/30966988.html) As war raged this autumn over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, some Armenians expressed a sense of betrayal that long-standing ally Russia wasn’t providing more support to ethnic Armenian fighters in the conflict. But any […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia registers 23,675 new Covid-19 cases, another all-time high of 507 deaths – HQ” – Interfax

Covid-19 Coronavirus file photo, adapted from image at cdc.gov

Russia registered 23,675 new Covid-19 cases, the all-time high of 507 deaths, and more than 25,000 recoveries in the past 24 hours, the coronavirus response headquarters said […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#211 :: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

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Is the WHO Too Soft on Russia? Critics fear Russia is using the WHO’s structural weaknesses to validate its coronavirus approach.

File Photo of World Health Assembly at WHO, with Alex M. Azar II at the Podium, adapted from image featured at geneva.usmission.gov

… Russian and international health experts have raised fresh concerns over the WHO’s public stance, saying … defense of questionable statistics and overly pro-government comments demonstrate[] Russia’s influence … and highlights … organizational weaknesses […]

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AUDIO: Katrina vanden Heuvel: “Steve Cohen’s Anecdote Lecture — December 6, 1983/ via John/ JohnBatchelorShow.com podcast”

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Subject: Steve Cohen’s Anecdote Lecture — December 6, 1983/ via John/ JohnBatchelorShow.com podcast Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 From: Katrina vanden Heuvel <kat@thenation.com> Steve Cohen gave an annual anecdote lecture in his Soviet Politics class, first at Princeton starting in 1980, and running through his ten years at NYU — until about 2012 — Here is the 12/6/83 Lecture broken […]

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RUSSIALINK: “IMF projects below-target inflation in Russia, recommends policy easing in coming months” – Interfax

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… acceleration of inflation in Russia in recent months was a temporary occurrence brought about mainly by a weakening ruble; consumer price growth will be below target from now on and the Central Bank should lower its key rate in the coming months, the … IMF[] said […]

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RUSSIA NEWS & INFORMATION – Johnson’s Russia List contents & links :: JRL 2020-#210 :: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s health system under strain as the virus surges back” – AP/ Daria Litvinova

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings, adapted from image at lanl.gov

“… Russia’s health care system, vast yet underfunded, has been under significant strains … as the pandemic surges again and daily infections and virus death … break records. Across the country, 81% of hospital beds … set aside for coronavirus patients were full … Wednesday. Three times last week, the Russian government reported … record … daily deaths … [T]he […]

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