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Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Surrender to Corruption

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com - Leonid Bershidsky - August 18, 2014) To international audiences, Ukraine is now no more than the scene of a Russian-inspired armed conflict. The fighting, however, is confined to areas that are home to 6.5 million of Ukraine’s total population of 45 million. Although the outcome there is important to all Ukrainians, there is

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#181 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 20 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 13. Wall Street Journal: Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Meeting Between Russia’s Putin and Poroshenko.
14. New York Times: Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion.
15. Reuters: Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future. …

Interfax: Post-war rebuilding of Donbas will cost billions of dollars – Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk file photo

KYIV. Aug 20 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the damage done to Ukraine by the war in southeastern Ukraine is in the billions of dollars. “It is very difficult to have a working economy and a healthy financial sector in a situation when there is a war going on in the country,”

Interfax: Poll: Russians say Aug 1991 events are tragedy, not triumph of democracy

File Photo of Parliament Building Billowing Smoke in 1993

(Interfax – August 19, 2014) A relative majority of Russians (41 percent) see the August 19, 1991, putsch in the former Soviet Union as a tragedy which had harmful implications for the country and its people. The number has grown 14 percent in the past 20 years, from 27 percent in 1994, the Levada Center

Struggling With Sanctions, Russia Faces Oil Price Crash

Oil Well file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 20, 2014) The price of Urals crude oil, Russia’s key export and the lynchpin of its government finances, fell below $100 this week for the first time in more than a year, after plummeting $15 in under a month. Russia relies on hydrocarbon exports for 50

Business New Europe: Ukrainian industry ravaged by war

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Business New Europe – bne.eu - Graham Stack in Kyiv - August 20, 2014) The Russian-backed insurgency in the Donbass region of east Ukraine is forcing numerous industrial giants to suspend operations. With the region accounting for over 25% of Ukrainian exports, the effect will hit hard currency revenues and the embattled hryvna. The flashpoint marking the

Ukraine Gains Against Rebels as Diplomacy Intensifies

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com –  Daryna Krasnolutska, Anton Doroshev – August 20, 2014) Ukraine’s armed forces said they continue to push back separatists in fighting in the country’s east ahead of a possible face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders next week. Soldiers from Ukraine’s National Guard captured the city of Ilovaysk, leading separatists to

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Maidan Square file photo

(Oilprice.com – Robert Bensh – August 18, 2014) Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#180 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 19 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 1. Foreign Affairs: John J. Mearsheimer, Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin.
2. Huffingtonpost.com: Russia Has Already Invaded Ukraine: Strobe Talbott.
3. Moscow Times: Natalia Antonova, Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine.
4. The Guardian: Shaun Walker, Moscow and Kiev may both need a deal over Ukraine soon. …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#179 table of contents with links :: Monday 18 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 1. The Australian: Chris Griffith, Ukrainians starve and die for Putin’s political ambitions.
2. Wall Street Journal editorial: Some Realism on Russia. The U.S. has done far too little to deter an invasion of Ukraine.
3. The Sunday Times (UK): Sick babies left behind in city caught in crossfire.
4. The Times (UK): A mother’s flight to safety: ‘I didn’t walk, I crawled. It was a nightmare’ …

Interfax: Kyiv supports ceasefire in Donbas only if some conditions met – Ukrainian foreign minister

Ukraine Map and Flag

KYIV. Aug 18 (Interfax) – Ensuring the impenetrability of the border with Russia is one of conditions for achieving a bilateral ceasefire in south-eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. “We said yesterday in Berlin that everyone should do everything that depends on them in order to block the border, to stop gunfire on

RIA Novosti: Right Sector Not Going to Attack Kiev, Some of Requirements Fulfilled – Leader

Ukraine Map and Flag

KIEV, August 17 (RIA Novosti) – Right Sector militants will continue to fight against the militia forces in the east of Ukraine and will not march on Kiev, because the authorities partially complied with the demands presented by the movement, the leader of the organization Dmitry Yarosh said. On Saturday, the Right Sector ultranationalist movement

Moscow Times: Putin’s Food Ban Splits EU on Wisdom of Russia Sanctions

File Photo of U.S. Dairy Cows

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 18, 2014) The European Union’s united front on Russia sanctions seems to be buckling, as Eastern European countries hit hardest by Moscow’s retaliatory food import bans begin to question the wisdom of wrecking their economies in the name of a strategy that has seen the crisis

RIA Novosti: Kiev Not in Control of Right Sector Radicals – Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov file photo

BERLIN, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – The recent demarche by Ukraine’s radical Right Sectormovement, which demanded the closure of all criminal cases against its members, shows that the Kiev government fails to control paramilitary groups active in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. “The Kiev government fails to control numerous armed groups,

RIA Novosti: Water Supply in Donetsk Cut For Indefinite Period

Ukraine Map and Flag

DONETSK, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – TheDonetsk city council urged the residents of the besieged Ukrainian city in the east to store drinking water before the water supply would be cut off for an indefinite period as a result of the ongoing fighting, the council told RIA Novosti. “Urgent: all Donetsk residents must stock up

Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies; RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen

Ukraine Map and Flag

Subject: RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 From: Keith Smith <keith.smith@cepa.org> Ambassador Keith C. Smith (Ret.) Center for European Policy Analysis 1225 19th Street NW, Suite 450 Washington, D.C. 20036 August 15, 2014 Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies By Keith C. Smith Center for European Policy Analysis I read

Russian NGOs Working to Fight AIDS Not ‘Foreign Agents’

HIV Infection Microscopic Photo of Cells

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – August 15, 2014) Non-governmental organizations working to fight HIV/AIDS in Russia will not be required to register as foreign agents if they receive funding from abroad, Kommersant reported Friday, citing the results of recent inspections by the Justice Ministry. The inspections, which began in June at the

Most Russians Don’t Know a Single NGO

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 15, 2014) Most Russians cannot name a single nongovernmental organization, though public support for NGOs in Russia has greatly increased over the past decade, a recent poll shows. More than half of the people questioned by state-run pollster VTsIOM – 59 percent – could not provide

Russian Farmers Will Need Years to Fill Gaps Left by Food Ban

File Photo of U.S. Dairy Cows

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 15, 2014) Russian politicians have declared the recent bans on Western imports a golden opportunity for Russian agriculture – but farmers and economists warn that upping production is a question of years, not months, and closing the market will not be enough to solve its problems.

Russia May Soon Return to Soviet-Style Price Controls

File Photo of Older Russian Woman Shopping in Grocery Store

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 15, 2014) After a 20-year hiatus, direct Soviet-style price controls on the retail sector may be coming back, as the government strives to fight price hikes in supermarkets following Moscow’s decision to ban swathes of Western food imports in retaliation for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Federal

Interfax: Far-right groups threaten Kyiv region priest with reprisals

Church Domes with Crosses file photo

MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Members of far-right groups disrupted a religious service being conducted by Priest Volodymyr Navozenko at the Church of the Holy Intercession in the village of Chervona Motovylivka outside of Kyiv. A video posted on YouTube shows several dozen people entering the church holding Ukrainian flags and symbols of the far-right

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#178 table of contents with links :: Friday 15 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#178 :: Friday 15 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. www.foreignpolicy.com: Sergeii Leshchenko, Ukraine’s Oligarchs

Interfax: Russian emergencies ministry and Ukrainians discussing transfer of aid to eastern Ukraine

Map of Western CIS/FSU and European Environs

ROSTOV-ON-DON. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Officials of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry who are accompanying Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy and the Ukrainian authorities are discussing ways to transfer the cargo intended for people in eastern Ukraine, a source familiar with the situation told reporters on Friday. “At the moment, the main questions surrounding the transfer

RIA Novosti: No Fuel, Almost No Medicine in Luhansk – Local Authorities

Ukraine Map and Flag

MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) -The eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk has run out of fuel and is running out of medicine after being isolated from the outside world for 13 days, the Luhansk City Council said Friday. “There is a pressing issue of a lack of fuel supplies in the city, all the reserves

Business New Europe: Putin says we’ll do all we can to stop conflict in Ukraine

Kremlin and Moscow Environs Aerial View

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Tim Ash, Standard Bank – August 15, 2014) Putin speaking in Crimea, at session of Russia’s National Security Council. This is about as far as Putin gets to extending an olive branch and saying “lets talk”. Also noting that he does not want Russia to be isolated internationally. We

Interfax: Russia dealing with Crimean problems inherited from former authorities – Putin

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Desk

(Interfax – August 14, 2014) There are many problems in Crimea which had not been solved for decades, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He made the statement at a meeting with members of Russian parliamentary parties in Yalta, as quoted by Russian privately-owned news Interfax agency on 14 August. “There is a lot to

Kremlin Mutes Putin’s Big Crimea Speech

Aerial View of Kremlin and Environs

(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson – August 14, 2014) The speech was Putin’s first major speech on the peninsula since May, when he spoke in glowing, historical tones about the Crimea annexation during a visit to the city of Sevastopol.The absence of television coverage appeared all the more unusual given the fact that

RIA Novosti: Russia Deploys Mobile Border Guard Teams to Border With Ukraine – FSB

File Photo of Partial FSB Headquarters Building Facade

MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has deployed mobile teams of border guards to the vicinity of the border with Ukraine, but they are to operate strictly on the Russian side, a spokesman for Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service said Friday. The spokesman said that residents of the border territories are under threat due

RIA Novosti: Russian experts speculate on why prime minister’s Twitter account was hacked

File Photo Dmitry Medvedev at Desk with Laptop Computer

(RIA Novosti – August 14, 2014) Moscow, 14 August: Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev’s Twitter account [https://twitter.com/MedvedevRussia], which was hacked on Thursday [14 August], may have been hacked in response to the law that imposes stricter liability on bloggers and the partial ban on anonymous access to the Internet via [public] wi-fi networks, or because

Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent.

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

Subject: Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent. Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 From: Sergey Slobodyan <Sergey.Slobodyan@cerge-ei.cz> This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the utterly ridiculous claim that recent Rosstat migration data proves existence of “exodus of Russian talent”: “Russia’s statistics service data shows 186,382 moved abroad

Interfax: EU ready to cancel Russia sanctions if situation in east Ukraine stabilizes – Usackas

EU Map

MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – The European Union would not want to continue the sanctions policy regarding Russia and is not ruling out the possibility of canceling the existing measures if the situation in eastern Ukraine stabilizes. “When clear results in terms of stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine appear, of course, the EU will

Interfax: VTsIOM: Western sanctions unnoticed by over 90 percent of Russians

Truck at Russian Border Crossing

(Interfax – August 15, 2014) Most Russians are aware of sanctions imposed on their country but the sanctions seem to have gone unnoticed by an overwhelming majority, sociologists told Interfax. Some 92 percent of the respondents said the Western sanctions had not harmed them, 4 percent spoke about a price rise and the others mentioned

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Public opinion divided as aid convoy approaches Ukraine

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

(Russia Beyond the Headlines Press Digest – rbth.ru – Ivan Konyukhov, special to RBTH – August 14, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the controversial humanitarian aid convoy sent by Moscow to Ukraine, the election of the new head of the Ukrainian Orthodox

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#177 table of contents with links :: Thursday 14 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#177 :: Thursday 14 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Reuters: Putin sounds conciliatory note

Interfax: Election of Metropolitan Onurfy head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church indicates pro-Moscow tendencies among bishops – “Kyiv Patriarchate”

Church Domes with Crosses file photo

MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The election of Metropolitan Onufry as head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church indicates that the majority of the bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate adhere to “Russian world” ideas and puts an end to the idea of creating a local Church of Ukraine, the self-proclaimed “Kyiv Patriarchate” said. “Despite the hopes

RIA Novosti: Red Cross Officials Meet Moscow’s Aid Convoy in South Russia

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met Moscow’s convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine in Russia’s southern Rostov Region, ICRC tweeted Thursday. “We’ve made initial contact with Russia-led aid convoy, Rostov region, Russia. Many practical details to be clarified,” ICRC wrote in Twitter. Russia sent

Business New Europe: The west has no plan for an end game in the Ukraine conflict

File Photo of Joe Biden at Podium with U.S. Seal, With Ukrainian and U.S. Flags in Background

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris MOSCOW BLOG – August 14, 2014) What does the west hope to achieve in its show down with Russia over the fate of Ukraine? An increasing number of articles have appeared recently arguing that the west has no long-term strategy to end this conflict and is being

RIA Novosti: Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Minister Strelkov Resigns – Official Website

Ukraine Map and Flag

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – The defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov, resigned from the post Thursday, the republic’s official website said in a statement. “At today’s session, the Cabinet of Ministers approved DPR Defense Minister Strelkov’s resignation due to his appointment to a new position,” the statement reads.

Russian Lawmaker: ‘Thin Line’ Keeps Russia, Ukraine From All-Out War

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 14, 2014) Only a “thin line” separates Russia and Ukraine from going to war, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker said, arguing that Moscow has been careful in its policies to avoid tipping the scale and that Kiev should demonstrate more restraint. The head of the federal parliament’s International Affairs Committee, Alexei

Crimean Boost For Putin’s Ratings Expected to Fade by Year’s End

Russian Naval Vessel in Ukrainian Port

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 14, 2014) As President Vladimir Putin touched down in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Wednesday, a poll revealed that his support among voters has almost doubled since January, largely due to the Kremlin’s policies in Crimea and Ukraine, analysts said. The turmoil in Ukraine and

Interfax: Russia may theoretically withdraw from ECHR jurisdiction – Putin

European Court of Human Rights Building file photo

YALTA. Aug 14 (Interfax) – Russia may theoretically withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) jurisdiction, but the matter is not under consideration now, President Vladimir Putin says. While Putin was meeting with members of State Duma factions in Yalta on Thursday, he was asked whether Russia may withdraw from the ECHR jurisdiction.

Interfax: Moscow stays committed to INF Treaty despite new security threats – Russian Defense Ministry

File Photo of Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan at Table Signing Documents

(Interfax – August 14, 2014) Russia remains committed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), although the situation has changed significantly in the world since this document was signed, and almost 30 countries hold such weapons today, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said. “One cannot fail to admit that the military and

Interfax: Russian top MP says Ukraine to harm itself with sanctions against Moscow

Russian State Duma Building file photo

(Interfax – Moscow, August 13, 2014) By shelling Russian territory, Ukraine would like to provoke a prolonged conflict with it and Russia’s response should be extremely careful, head of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov (One Russia faction) has said. “Our actions must be extremely level-headed. After all this could entail a

Interfax: Pushkov not ruling out Russia’s pull-out from INF treaty

Alexei Pushkov file photo

MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, has not ruled out the possibility that Russia could withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “Russia is not planning a series of denunciations of international agreements but it could exit those which no longer meet its national

Interfax: Some 82 percent of Russians ready to support Putin in next election – poll

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Speaking At All-Russia Popular Front Gathering

(Interfax – August 13, 2014) The election rating of Vladimir Putin has practically doubled since the beginning of the year and he would have won a convincing victory if the next presidential election were held next Sunday, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax. Some 52 percent of the respondents who intend to cast their ballots mentioned


Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Surrender to Corruption

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com - Leonid Bershidsky - August 18, 2014) To international audiences, Ukraine is now no more than the scene of a Russian-inspired armed conflict. The fighting, however, is confined to areas that are home to 6.5 million of Ukraine’s total population of 45 million. Although the outcome there is important to all Ukrainians, there is

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#181 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 20 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 13. Wall Street Journal: Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Meeting Between Russia’s Putin and Poroshenko.
14. New York Times: Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion.
15. Reuters: Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future. …

Interfax: Post-war rebuilding of Donbas will cost billions of dollars – Yatsenyuk

Arseniy Yatsenyuk file photo

KYIV. Aug 20 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the damage done to Ukraine by the war in southeastern Ukraine is in the billions of dollars. “It is very difficult to have a working economy and a healthy financial sector in a situation when there is a war going on in the country,”

Interfax: Poll: Russians say Aug 1991 events are tragedy, not triumph of democracy

File Photo of Parliament Building Billowing Smoke in 1993

(Interfax – August 19, 2014) A relative majority of Russians (41 percent) see the August 19, 1991, putsch in the former Soviet Union as a tragedy which had harmful implications for the country and its people. The number has grown 14 percent in the past 20 years, from 27 percent in 1994, the Levada Center

Struggling With Sanctions, Russia Faces Oil Price Crash

Oil Well file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 20, 2014) The price of Urals crude oil, Russia’s key export and the lynchpin of its government finances, fell below $100 this week for the first time in more than a year, after plummeting $15 in under a month. Russia relies on hydrocarbon exports for 50

Business New Europe: Ukrainian industry ravaged by war

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Business New Europe – bne.eu - Graham Stack in Kyiv - August 20, 2014) The Russian-backed insurgency in the Donbass region of east Ukraine is forcing numerous industrial giants to suspend operations. With the region accounting for over 25% of Ukrainian exports, the effect will hit hard currency revenues and the embattled hryvna. The flashpoint marking the

Ukraine Gains Against Rebels as Diplomacy Intensifies

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com –  Daryna Krasnolutska, Anton Doroshev – August 20, 2014) Ukraine’s armed forces said they continue to push back separatists in fighting in the country’s east ahead of a possible face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders next week. Soldiers from Ukraine’s National Guard captured the city of Ilovaysk, leading separatists to

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

Maidan Square file photo

(Oilprice.com – Robert Bensh – August 18, 2014) Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#180 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 19 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 1. Foreign Affairs: John J. Mearsheimer, Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin.
2. Huffingtonpost.com: Russia Has Already Invaded Ukraine: Strobe Talbott.
3. Moscow Times: Natalia Antonova, Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine.
4. The Guardian: Shaun Walker, Moscow and Kiev may both need a deal over Ukraine soon. …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#179 table of contents with links :: Monday 18 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

… 1. The Australian: Chris Griffith, Ukrainians starve and die for Putin’s political ambitions.
2. Wall Street Journal editorial: Some Realism on Russia. The U.S. has done far too little to deter an invasion of Ukraine.
3. The Sunday Times (UK): Sick babies left behind in city caught in crossfire.
4. The Times (UK): A mother’s flight to safety: ‘I didn’t walk, I crawled. It was a nightmare’ …

Interfax: Kyiv supports ceasefire in Donbas only if some conditions met – Ukrainian foreign minister

Ukraine Map and Flag

KYIV. Aug 18 (Interfax) – Ensuring the impenetrability of the border with Russia is one of conditions for achieving a bilateral ceasefire in south-eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. “We said yesterday in Berlin that everyone should do everything that depends on them in order to block the border, to stop gunfire on

RIA Novosti: Right Sector Not Going to Attack Kiev, Some of Requirements Fulfilled – Leader

Ukraine Map and Flag

KIEV, August 17 (RIA Novosti) – Right Sector militants will continue to fight against the militia forces in the east of Ukraine and will not march on Kiev, because the authorities partially complied with the demands presented by the movement, the leader of the organization Dmitry Yarosh said. On Saturday, the Right Sector ultranationalist movement

Moscow Times: Putin’s Food Ban Splits EU on Wisdom of Russia Sanctions

File Photo of U.S. Dairy Cows

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 18, 2014) The European Union’s united front on Russia sanctions seems to be buckling, as Eastern European countries hit hardest by Moscow’s retaliatory food import bans begin to question the wisdom of wrecking their economies in the name of a strategy that has seen the crisis

RIA Novosti: Kiev Not in Control of Right Sector Radicals – Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov file photo

BERLIN, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – The recent demarche by Ukraine’s radical Right Sectormovement, which demanded the closure of all criminal cases against its members, shows that the Kiev government fails to control paramilitary groups active in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. “The Kiev government fails to control numerous armed groups,

RIA Novosti: Water Supply in Donetsk Cut For Indefinite Period

Ukraine Map and Flag

DONETSK, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – TheDonetsk city council urged the residents of the besieged Ukrainian city in the east to store drinking water before the water supply would be cut off for an indefinite period as a result of the ongoing fighting, the council told RIA Novosti. “Urgent: all Donetsk residents must stock up

Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies; RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen

Ukraine Map and Flag

Subject: RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 From: Keith Smith <keith.smith@cepa.org> Ambassador Keith C. Smith (Ret.) Center for European Policy Analysis 1225 19th Street NW, Suite 450 Washington, D.C. 20036 August 15, 2014 Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies By Keith C. Smith Center for European Policy Analysis I read

Russian NGOs Working to Fight AIDS Not ‘Foreign Agents’

HIV Infection Microscopic Photo of Cells

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – August 15, 2014) Non-governmental organizations working to fight HIV/AIDS in Russia will not be required to register as foreign agents if they receive funding from abroad, Kommersant reported Friday, citing the results of recent inspections by the Justice Ministry. The inspections, which began in June at the

Most Russians Don’t Know a Single NGO

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 15, 2014) Most Russians cannot name a single nongovernmental organization, though public support for NGOs in Russia has greatly increased over the past decade, a recent poll shows. More than half of the people questioned by state-run pollster VTsIOM – 59 percent – could not provide

Russian Farmers Will Need Years to Fill Gaps Left by Food Ban

File Photo of U.S. Dairy Cows

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 15, 2014) Russian politicians have declared the recent bans on Western imports a golden opportunity for Russian agriculture – but farmers and economists warn that upping production is a question of years, not months, and closing the market will not be enough to solve its problems.

Russia May Soon Return to Soviet-Style Price Controls

File Photo of Older Russian Woman Shopping in Grocery Store

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 15, 2014) After a 20-year hiatus, direct Soviet-style price controls on the retail sector may be coming back, as the government strives to fight price hikes in supermarkets following Moscow’s decision to ban swathes of Western food imports in retaliation for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Federal

Interfax: Far-right groups threaten Kyiv region priest with reprisals

Church Domes with Crosses file photo

MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Members of far-right groups disrupted a religious service being conducted by Priest Volodymyr Navozenko at the Church of the Holy Intercession in the village of Chervona Motovylivka outside of Kyiv. A video posted on YouTube shows several dozen people entering the church holding Ukrainian flags and symbols of the far-right

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#178 table of contents with links :: Friday 15 August 2014

St. Basil's file photo

[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#178 :: Friday 15 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. www.foreignpolicy.com: Sergeii Leshchenko, Ukraine’s Oligarchs

Interfax: Russian emergencies ministry and Ukrainians discussing transfer of aid to eastern Ukraine

Map of Western CIS/FSU and European Environs

ROSTOV-ON-DON. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Officials of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry who are accompanying Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy and the Ukrainian authorities are discussing ways to transfer the cargo intended for people in eastern Ukraine, a source familiar with the situation told reporters on Friday. “At the moment, the main questions surrounding the transfer

RIA Novosti: No Fuel, Almost No Medicine in Luhansk – Local Authorities

Ukraine Map and Flag

MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) -The eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk has run out of fuel and is running out of medicine after being isolated from the outside world for 13 days, the Luhansk City Council said Friday. “There is a pressing issue of a lack of fuel supplies in the city, all the reserves

Business New Europe: Putin says we’ll do all we can to stop conflict in Ukraine

Kremlin and Moscow Environs Aerial View

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Tim Ash, Standard Bank – August 15, 2014) Putin speaking in Crimea, at session of Russia’s National Security Council. This is about as far as Putin gets to extending an olive branch and saying “lets talk”. Also noting that he does not want Russia to be isolated internationally. We

Interfax: Russia dealing with Crimean problems inherited from former authorities – Putin

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(Interfax – August 14, 2014) There are many problems in Crimea which had not been solved for decades, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He made the statement at a meeting with members of Russian parliamentary parties in Yalta, as quoted by Russian privately-owned news Interfax agency on 14 August. “There is a lot to

Kremlin Mutes Putin’s Big Crimea Speech

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(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson – August 14, 2014) The speech was Putin’s first major speech on the peninsula since May, when he spoke in glowing, historical tones about the Crimea annexation during a visit to the city of Sevastopol.The absence of television coverage appeared all the more unusual given the fact that

RIA Novosti: Russia Deploys Mobile Border Guard Teams to Border With Ukraine – FSB

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MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has deployed mobile teams of border guards to the vicinity of the border with Ukraine, but they are to operate strictly on the Russian side, a spokesman for Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service said Friday. The spokesman said that residents of the border territories are under threat due

RIA Novosti: Russian experts speculate on why prime minister’s Twitter account was hacked

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(RIA Novosti – August 14, 2014) Moscow, 14 August: Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev’s Twitter account [https://twitter.com/MedvedevRussia], which was hacked on Thursday [14 August], may have been hacked in response to the law that imposes stricter liability on bloggers and the partial ban on anonymous access to the Internet via [public] wi-fi networks, or because

Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent.

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Subject: Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent. Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 From: Sergey Slobodyan <Sergey.Slobodyan@cerge-ei.cz> This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the utterly ridiculous claim that recent Rosstat migration data proves existence of “exodus of Russian talent”: “Russia’s statistics service data shows 186,382 moved abroad

Interfax: EU ready to cancel Russia sanctions if situation in east Ukraine stabilizes – Usackas

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MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – The European Union would not want to continue the sanctions policy regarding Russia and is not ruling out the possibility of canceling the existing measures if the situation in eastern Ukraine stabilizes. “When clear results in terms of stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine appear, of course, the EU will

Interfax: VTsIOM: Western sanctions unnoticed by over 90 percent of Russians

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(Interfax – August 15, 2014) Most Russians are aware of sanctions imposed on their country but the sanctions seem to have gone unnoticed by an overwhelming majority, sociologists told Interfax. Some 92 percent of the respondents said the Western sanctions had not harmed them, 4 percent spoke about a price rise and the others mentioned

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Public opinion divided as aid convoy approaches Ukraine

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines Press Digest – rbth.ru – Ivan Konyukhov, special to RBTH – August 14, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the controversial humanitarian aid convoy sent by Moscow to Ukraine, the election of the new head of the Ukrainian Orthodox

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#177 table of contents with links :: Thursday 14 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#177 :: Thursday 14 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Reuters: Putin sounds conciliatory note

Interfax: Election of Metropolitan Onurfy head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church indicates pro-Moscow tendencies among bishops – “Kyiv Patriarchate”

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MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The election of Metropolitan Onufry as head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church indicates that the majority of the bishops of the Moscow Patriarchate adhere to “Russian world” ideas and puts an end to the idea of creating a local Church of Ukraine, the self-proclaimed “Kyiv Patriarchate” said. “Despite the hopes

RIA Novosti: Red Cross Officials Meet Moscow’s Aid Convoy in South Russia

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MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – Officials of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met Moscow’s convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Ukraine in Russia’s southern Rostov Region, ICRC tweeted Thursday. “We’ve made initial contact with Russia-led aid convoy, Rostov region, Russia. Many practical details to be clarified,” ICRC wrote in Twitter. Russia sent

Business New Europe: The west has no plan for an end game in the Ukraine conflict

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Ben Aris MOSCOW BLOG – August 14, 2014) What does the west hope to achieve in its show down with Russia over the fate of Ukraine? An increasing number of articles have appeared recently arguing that the west has no long-term strategy to end this conflict and is being

RIA Novosti: Donetsk People’s Republic Defense Minister Strelkov Resigns – Official Website

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MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti) – The defense minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Igor Strelkov, resigned from the post Thursday, the republic’s official website said in a statement. “At today’s session, the Cabinet of Ministers approved DPR Defense Minister Strelkov’s resignation due to his appointment to a new position,” the statement reads.

Russian Lawmaker: ‘Thin Line’ Keeps Russia, Ukraine From All-Out War

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 14, 2014) Only a “thin line” separates Russia and Ukraine from going to war, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker said, arguing that Moscow has been careful in its policies to avoid tipping the scale and that Kiev should demonstrate more restraint. The head of the federal parliament’s International Affairs Committee, Alexei

Crimean Boost For Putin’s Ratings Expected to Fade by Year’s End

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 14, 2014) As President Vladimir Putin touched down in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Wednesday, a poll revealed that his support among voters has almost doubled since January, largely due to the Kremlin’s policies in Crimea and Ukraine, analysts said. The turmoil in Ukraine and

Interfax: Russia may theoretically withdraw from ECHR jurisdiction – Putin

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YALTA. Aug 14 (Interfax) – Russia may theoretically withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) jurisdiction, but the matter is not under consideration now, President Vladimir Putin says. While Putin was meeting with members of State Duma factions in Yalta on Thursday, he was asked whether Russia may withdraw from the ECHR jurisdiction.

Interfax: Moscow stays committed to INF Treaty despite new security threats – Russian Defense Ministry

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(Interfax – August 14, 2014) Russia remains committed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), although the situation has changed significantly in the world since this document was signed, and almost 30 countries hold such weapons today, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said. “One cannot fail to admit that the military and

Interfax: Russian top MP says Ukraine to harm itself with sanctions against Moscow

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(Interfax – Moscow, August 13, 2014) By shelling Russian territory, Ukraine would like to provoke a prolonged conflict with it and Russia’s response should be extremely careful, head of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov (One Russia faction) has said. “Our actions must be extremely level-headed. After all this could entail a

Interfax: Pushkov not ruling out Russia’s pull-out from INF treaty

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MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, has not ruled out the possibility that Russia could withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “Russia is not planning a series of denunciations of international agreements but it could exit those which no longer meet its national

Interfax: Some 82 percent of Russians ready to support Putin in next election – poll

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(Interfax – August 13, 2014) The election rating of Vladimir Putin has practically doubled since the beginning of the year and he would have won a convincing victory if the next presidential election were held next Sunday, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax. Some 52 percent of the respondents who intend to cast their ballots mentioned

Interfax: Russians certain Putin assisting in peaceful resolution in Ukraine – poll

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MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) – A total of 63% of Russian citizens believe that actions and statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situation in Ukraine assist in the peaceful resolution of the conflict, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said citing a poll held. This stance is mostly shared by residents of

Business New Europe: Sanctions “unbearable” for EU, will be cancelled in 3 months

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Danske Bank – August 13, 2014) We analyse the economic and financial impact of the Ukrainian crisis with a special focus on our footprint Nordic markets. We view the situation in Ukraine as far from de-escalating as fighting continues in Donetsk and Lugansk, which we expect to weigh on

RIA Novosti: Nazi Symbolism Flourishes in Post-Maidan Ukraine

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[Photos here http://en.ria.ru/world/20140813/191975347/Nazi-Symbolism-Flourishes-in-Post-Maidan-Ukraine.html] MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian authorities have vehemently denied that Ukraine’s armed forces have slightest correlation with neo-fascists. However, open use of Neo-Nazi symbolism in their crusade against militia forces and civil population of eastern Ukraine explicitly suggests otherwise. The country’s special unit for protection of public order – the

Moscow Times: Russian View: Ukraine Is Safe From a Moscow Invasion

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – August 13, 2014) Concerns voiced by Kiev and the West that Moscow’s humanitarian convoy to Ukraine’s battle-scarred east is nothing more than a Trojan Horse are – most likely – unfounded, Russian military analysts said. Pundits told The Moscow Times on Tuesday that the limited scope of

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#176 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 13 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#176 :: Wednesday 13 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Reuters: Ukraine crisis death toll

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