Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#129 :: Wednesday 1 July 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#129
Wednesday 1 July 2015

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1. Moscow Times: Russia’s Satellite Nuclear Warning System Down Until November.
2. Russia Direct: War, dialogue, and reconciliation: Russia and the world in 2020. Russia Direct sat down with political science professors Andrey Sushentsov and Andrey Bezrukov from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University) to discuss current and future conflicts facing Russia, as well as how Russia and the world can tackle global challenges together.
3. Valdai Discussion Club: Richard Sakwa, Profits and Prophets: A View from the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
4. The Guardian: Jonathan Steele, Yevgeny Primakov obituary. Outstanding Russian foreign secretary and PM who served under Yeltsin and Gorbachev.
5. Valdai Discussion Club: Rodric Braithwaite, In Memory of Yevgeny Primakov.
6. Constitutional Court allows early parliamentary elections in 2016.
7. Interfax: Nearly half of Russians have social network accounts – poll.
8. The Vineyard of the Saker: What does Vladimir Putin’s 89% rating really mean?
9. Paul Goble: Nothing on Horizon Now Could Cut Into Putin’s High Poll Ratings, Gudkov Says.
10. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, The West Is Too Paranoid About Russia’s ‘Infowar’
11. Pro-Putin Think Tank Based In New York Shuts Down.
12. RFE/RL: From Burning Hearts To Civil Unions: The Unlikely Evolution Of Dmitry Kiselyov.
13. Mark Galeotti, How about a Smarter, Pettier, Snarkier Sanctions Regime?
14. TASS: Greek default may shake EU, not Russia – analysts.
15. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Iranian nuclear talks continue at a slow pace. RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on international events, featuring reports on the visit of Syria’s Foreign Minister to Moscow, the talks on Iran’s nuclear program continue and recent election results from Moldova.
16. RIA Novosti: No plans for military alliance with Moscow, says Chinese envoy.
17. Interfax: Russia’s NATO envoy makes downbeat statements on ties with alliance.
18. AP: Russia-US ties alive and well at Iran nuclear talks.
19. American Thinker: Gregory Gounev, Russia is not the Main Enemy.
20. Moscow Times: Russia Only Has Itself to Blame for Lost Influence in Post-Soviet Sphere.
21. Business New Europe: Electric Yerevan: what next? .
22. Fight root causes of terrorism, not symptoms – Lavrov to Bloomberg.


23. Kyiv Post: Kurakhove, a Ukrainian-controlled city 10 kilometers from the war front, is on edge with residents divided.
24. BBC: Ukraine: Odessa Region media highlights 20-26 Jun 15. (excerpt)
25. European Council on Foreign Relations: Tornike Sharashenidze, Saakashvili in Odessa – no half-measures this time.
26. O’Dwyer’s: APCO Gives PR Support to Embattled Ukraine.
27. Ukraine: union protests reach a tipping point.
28. Kyiv Post: Shevchenko: Yatsenyuk should not be Ukraine’s prime minister.
29. Brian Milakovsky, Is it worth risking the lives of the most vulnerable to teach a “lesson-by-blockade”?
30. Brian Milakovsky, Why de-Communization makes me nervous.
31. From 9,000 to 200,000: Poroshenko’s displays numeracy problem in counting ‘Russian invaders’
32. Interfax: No military solution to Ukraine conflict – Russian Defence Ministry.
33. The Huffington Post: Nikolas Kozloff, Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora.
34. Ukraine to stop buying Russian gas after talks on new deal fail.
35. TASS: Russia notes possible risks of gas transit to Europe through Ukraine – Energy Minister.
36. International Business Times: Moscow To Build Bridge From Russian Mainland To Crimea Across The Kerch Strait.
37. Sputnik: Strained Relations Aside, Ukrainian-Russian Police Cooperation Continues.
38. Human Rights in Ukraine: High-ranking Berkut officer charged over Euromaidan killings.
39. Sputnik: Brzezinski: Russia Has to Be Assured That Ukraine Will Never Join NATO.
40. Fort Russ: Rostislav Ishchenko, How Russia Can Win All of Ukraine.
41. IVO DAALDER AND MALCOLM RIFKIND, In defense of Ukraine. The West has to act now, or Russia’s assault will be irreversible.


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