Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#122 :: Monday 22 June 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#122
Monday 22 June 2015

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Putin: Russian economy has stabilized, now time to focus on the future. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia’s economy has stabilized, despite the ongoing sanctions and low oil prices. In a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin identified the government’s primary focus for the future as collaboration with the Pacific Region countries and the creation of more competitive enterprises.
2. Plenary session of the 19th St Petersburg International Economic Forum. (and Charlie Rose interview)
3. Russia Insider: Danielle Ryan, Bloomberg’s Coverage of St. Petersburg Econ Forum Was Embarrassing. Here Are the Highlights. When one of the commentators described Tsipras’ speech to the forum as akin to “diplomatic terrorism” it was pretty clear what viewers were in for.
4. PBS Newshour: Charlie Rose on how Vladimir Putin sees the world.
5. Financial Times: Senior Putin aide warns over Russia-US relations. (Sergei Ivanov)
6. Financial Times: Transcript: Interview with Sergei Ivanov.
7. TASS: Kremlin administration chief says high oil prices were Russia’s curse.
8. World no closer to Cold War-style nuclear standoff, Putin tells global media chiefs.
9. Reuters: After midnight in the library, Putin sets out his world view.
10. Moscow Times: Putin Offers Little Change at Russia’s Top Economic Forum.
11. Business New Europe: Chris Weafer, Russia’s recovery faces a reality check.
12. Moscow Times: Russian Security Fear Citizens Joining ISIS More than Ukrainian Separatists.
13. Fort Russ: Patrushev: “Russia can’t prevent volunteers from going to the Donbass”
14. Sputnik: Farewell to Arms: Over 10,000 Soldiers Desert Ukrainian Army.
15. Gordon Hahn, One Day in the Life of ‘Ukrainian Democracy’
16. The Vineyard of the Saker: Something critical might be happening in the Ukraine.
17. Russian experts eye Moscow’s options if USA moves heavy arms to Eastern Europe.
18. AP: US hopes Russia may change direction when Vladimir Putin is gone.
19. US Department of Defense: Media Availability with Secretary Carter En Route to Berlin, Germany.
20. Russia Direct: Ivan Tomofeev, Russia and the West: The muscle flexing is leading nowhere fast. Experts at the GLOBSEC 2015 conference are concerned that the crumbling architecture of Euro-Atlantic security post-Ukraine is pushing nuclear conflict to the fore.
21. The National Interest: Noel Anderson, The Agreement That Will Save Ukraine. Here’s how the West and Russia might be able to peacefully resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
22. The American Conservative: Paul Grenier, The Varieties of Russian Conservatism. A staunchly traditional society grapples with modernity’s disruptions, seeking conservatisms far beyond Putinism.-
23. New York Times editorial: The Fantasy Mr. Putin Is Selling.-
24. New York Times: Thomas Friedman, Foreign Affairs; Now a Word From X. (George Kennan in 1998)


Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion