Locusts, Spiders, Snakes Plague Russian Regions

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(Moscow Times – – June 30, 2015) Several Russian regions have been plagued recently by locusts, spiders and snakes, media reports and government officials said Monday. Locusts have destroyed large swaths of crops in the republic of Bashkortostan and the Orenburg region, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency, Channel One reported. An aircraft was scrambled to […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-5 :: Friday, 6 January 2017

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To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at [check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#4 Friday, 6 January 2017 A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s […]

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Ukraine’s Politics Descend Into Slapstick

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

(Bloomberg – – Leonid Bershidsky – December 15, 2015) Less than a week after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden asked Ukraine’s political leaders to play nice, the quiet war between the teams of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and President Petro Poroshenko has turned publicly and comically violent. The situation is growing increasingly reminiscent of Ukraine’s previous attempt to break […]

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#128 :: Tuesday 30 June 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#128 Tuesday 30 June 2015 A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs The contents do not necessarily represent the views of IERES or the George Washington University. JRL homepage: JRL on Facebook: JRL on Twitter: Support JRL: Support for JRL is provided in part by […]

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Surkov Return May Signal Softer Kremlin Line

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(Moscow Times – – Oleg Sukhov – September 24, 2013) The appointment of former “gray cardinal” Vladislav Surkov to a post in President Vladimir Putin’s administration has prompted a flurry of speculation among Kremlin watchers with some saying it signals a return to a more flexible policy in political affairs and others insisting it is just a sinecure for […]

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