RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#217 table of contents with links :: Friday 17 October 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2014-#217 :: Friday 17 October 2014
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Ukraine

1. Wilson Center: Michael Kofman, Weapons Are Not the Answer to Ukraine’s Military Woes.
2. Reuters: Putin’s talks with EU and Poroshenko ‘difficult, full of misunderstandings’: Kremlin.
3. www.rt.com: Ukraine and Russia agree to ‘basic parameters’ of gas deal – Poroshenko.
4. Levada.ru: Most Russians think Ukraine ceasefire will end in more fighting – poll.
5. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Will there be a Maidan 3.0?
6. www.rt.com: Putin: If Ukraine siphons gas from pipeline, Russia will reduce Europe supplies.
7. Reuters: Russia, Ukraine energy chiefs meet as standoff continues.
8. Business New Europe: Thirty-nine government heads roll after lustration law takes effect.
9. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Ukraine purge: Communists, cronies, and crooks face the axe. Ukraine is launching a review of officials to weed out former President Yanukovych’s appointees, members of the Communist Party, and anyone living beyond their reported means. But critics say the move could hurt Ukraine more than help it.
10. Kyiv Post editorial: No campaign.
11. Interfax: DPR won’t hold Ukrainian elections – Purgin.
12. Kyiv Post: What Went Wrong With EuroMaidan Reformers?
13. Euromaidan Press: Ukraine’s Institute of National Memory addresses myths about UPA for the new Day of the Defender.
14. Russia Insider: Vladimir Golstein, Will History Rhyme? Ukraine as Rwanda. The world is ignoring an impending humanitarian catastrophe.
15. Russia Insider: Watch This Chilling Neo-Nazi Torch-lit March through Kiev on Wednesday. The neo-nazi movement in Ukraine is far more mainstream than the western media realizes.
16. RIA Novosti: Kiev’s Ultranationalism Behind Conflict With Eastern Ukraine: Russian Envoy.
17. The Voice of Russia: Has the West abandoned Ukraine?
18. RIA Novosti: EU-Kiev Integration Possible if Ukraine Remains NATO-Free: Military Historian. (Michael Vlahos)
19. Ruslan Pukhov: New book: Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine.
20. Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST): Russian Defense Arrangements in Crimea.(excerpt)

Russia

21. Moscow Times: Muscovites in for a Harsh Winter as Temperatures Set to Plunge.
22. Interfax: Expert says drug abuse rates in Russia not catastrophic, alcoholism much worse.
23. Interfax: West Africa Ebola sooner or later to be contained, virus not to reach Russia – Virology Research Institute.
24. Financial Times: Chris Weafer, Guest post: there is cause for optimism over Russia’s crisis.
25. Moscow Times: Putin’s Glamour Deemed Threat to National Security.
26. Moscow Times: Fyodor Lukyanov, Russia’s Control of Business Is Now a Global Trend.
27. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Mikhail Gorbachev: I am against all walls. The first and last president of the Soviet Union spoke with RBTH about the past and how it should inform the present.
28. TASS: No plans to ban Internet in Russia – presidential aide.
29. www.rt.com: ‘Unpredictable West’ could isolate Russian internet, Putin’s aide warns.
30. Moscow Times: Navalny Wouldn’t Return Crimea, Considers Immigration Bigger Issue Than Ukraine.
31. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Does Russian Liberalism Still ‘End at Ukraine’?
32. Business New Europe: Russia to crack down on tax evasion.
33. Interfax: Russians feel no effect from Western sanctions, think Russian economy may benefit – poll.
34. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ruble devaluation compensates for loss of oil revenue. Falling oil prices – and the falling ruble – have different consequences for the budget and consumers.
35. Interfax: Novak: oil price drop no ‘tragedy’
36. Business New Europe: Chris Weafer, Life in Russia with $80 oil.
37. Moscow Times: Vladislav Inozemtsev, The Ruble’s Senseless and Harmful Devaluation.
38. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, Putin’s Class Of 2014.
39. www.opendemocracy.net: Yelizaveta Surnacheva, For the Russian elite, loyalty is all. Life has changed for Russia’s elite – and not just their holiday destinations
40. Bloomberg: China Embraces a Russia Cut off From Western Capital.
41. China Daily: Dmitri Trenin, Russia’s growing China connection.
42. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Fenenko, Rise of China and Myth of the “New Bipolarity”
43. Carnegie Moscow Center: Akio Kawato, For Russia, Asia Is No Substitute for the West.
44. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Do the Trans-Siberian shuffle.
45. Russia Direct: Vladimir Sotnikov, The apocalyptic scenario that unites Russia and the West. In what now appears to be an increasingly likely scenario, the Islamic State and the Taliban may unite in their efforts to bring radical jihadism to Central Asia, the North Caucasus and Turkey.
46. Moscow Times: Hagel: U.S. Army Must Be Ready to Face ‘Revisionist’ Russia.
47. Interfax: Russian defence chief “seriously concerned” by US counterpart’s statement.
48. Rossiyskaya Gazeta : Interview with Nikolay Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council. Cold War II. Nikolay Patrushev: The sobering up of the Ukrainians will be harsh and painful.
49. Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor: Pavel Felgenhauer, Preparing for War Against the US on All Fronts-A Net Assessment of Russia’s Defense and Foreign Policy Since the Start of 2014.
50. http://us-russia.org: `Thinking about the unthinkable: what comes next in the New Cold War?` Expert Panel.

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