Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#51 :: Friday 13 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#51 :: Friday 13 March 2015
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1. Harvard University Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures: Remembering Ned Keenan.
2. The Harvard Crimson: James Kaplan, The Russian Collection. Hard Times at the Russian Research Center. (1975)
3. AP: Ukraine’s grinding war stains innocence of childhood.
4. Voice of America: In E. Ukraine, Civilian Deaths Push Men to Join Rebels.
5. Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Ukraine crisis: Inside the Mariupol base of the controversial Azov battalion.
6. BBC: Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death.
7. Interfax: Contact Group to review compliance with Minsk deal – Luhansk People’s Republic negotiator.
8. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, MOSCOW BLOG: Where is Putin?
9. TASS: Putin’s approval rating at 88% – poll.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines: New evidence sheds doubt on ‘Islamic’ motive in Nemtsov killing. Experts say that conflict between Russia’s security services and the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, likely played a role in the murder.
11. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexey Malashenko, The Chechen Connection?
12. Interfax: Nemtsov murder suspect was not tortured – lawyer.
13. The Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Who killed Boris Nemtsov? He was neither a leader nor real opposition, according to Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University.
14. London Review of Books: Keith Gessen, Remembering Boris Nemtsov.
15. Interfax: Charges dropped against Russian woman accused of treason.
16. The Economist: Ukraine’s media war. Battle of the memes. Russia has shown its mastery of the propaganda war. Ukraine is struggling to catch up.
17. RFE/RL: IMF Loan Package For Ukraine Promises Pain, Questionable Gain.
18. Business New Europe: IMF cash to do little to change grim reality for ordinary Ukrainians.
19. TASS: Analysts say IMF money won’t help Ukraine out of debt pit; peace will.
20. The International New York Times: Mark Modish, Ending Ukraine’s Other War.
21. Colin Cleary, Ukraine’s Rotten Front. Forget Russia — if the new government wants to save the country, it needs to drum corruption out of its ranks.
22. Business New Europe: Russian investigative paper Novaya Gazeta set to shutter print edition.
23. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Putin’s grab of Crimea still rankles West. How about Crimeans?
24. Sputnik: NATO Recon Missed Everything: Admiral Reveals Details of Crimea Operation.
25. TASS: Russia not to blame for loss of territorial integrity by Ukraine – Foreign Ministry.
26. Center on Global Interest: Putin’s Third Term: Assessments Amid Crisis. A new report examines the state of Russia’s politics, security and economy halfway through Vladimir Putin’s third term. Co-authored by Richard Sakwa, Mark Galeotti and Harley Balzer.
27. Mark Adomanis, Russia’s Demography Just Took A Significant Turn For The Worse.
28. Reuters: Russia cuts interest rates as economy struggles.
29. Carnegie Moscow Center: Akio Kawato, Left Behind? Russia in the New Industrial Revolution.
30. Kirill Rodionov, Six steps to return Russia to economic growth. The Russian economy is under pressure: it’s time for an alternative.
31. Reuters: EU unlikely to agree next week to prolong Russia sanctions.
32. Russia Direct: After a year of sanctions, Russia looks for a way out. The Russian economy will have to endure a difficult period of adaptation before it reaches a new equilibrium point, economists predict. For at least a year, economic growth rates will be negative while Russian officials search for a more effective “anti-crisis” plan.
33. Center on Global Interests: Sergey Aleksashenko, Sanctions One Year Later: Did They Even Matter?
34. Moscow Times: Mark Adomanis, U.S. Needs to Get Real, Sanctions Don’t Work.
35. Brookings Institution: Steven Pifer, We may live in different worlds, but sanctions on Russia still make sense.
36. Sputnik: Dmitry Linnik, NATO’s New Lease on Life: Confronting Foes of Its Own Creation. West is sleepwalking into a confrontation which it won’t know how to handle.
37. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Experts: Russia’s withdrawal from the CFE Treaty is a signal to the West. Russian experts say the decision to abandon cooperation with NATO on conventional forces must be considered in the broader geopolitical and historical context.
38. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russian top diplomat interviewed on CFE arms treaty – transcript.
39. Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Making NATO defunct: Is EU Army intended to reduce US influence in Europe?
40. Moscow Times/ Vasily Gatov, How the Kremlin and the Media Ended Up in Bed Together.
41. Robert Parry, Nuland’s Mastery of Ukraine Propaganda.


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