Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#54 :: Tuesday 17 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#54 :: Tuesday 17 March 2015
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1. Business New Europe: Graham Stack, Debaltseve counts its dead – and blames Ukraine.
2. Reuters: Fighting rages near Donetsk airport despite Ukraine ceasefire.
3. Interfax: DPR accuses Kyiv of imitating peace process.
4. Sputnik: Kiev Withdraws Heavy Arms, Ready to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Donbas.
5. https://irrussianality.wordpress.com: Paul Robinson, WHAT PALACE COUP?
6. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Putin looking very well for a man who died last week.
7. Russia Insider: Patrick Armstrong, The Great Putin Disappearance. Western media and experts be-clown themselves again.
8. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Putin’s disappearing act: Was he just trolling everyone?
9. Moscow Times: 82% of Russians See Steep Prices Rises as Nation’s Biggest Problem – Poll.
10. Paul Goble: Russian Elites but Not Russian People, Ready to Capitulate to the West, Kagarlitsky Says.
11. Russia’s documentary “Crimea – Way Back Home” video in Russian: http://russia.tv/video/show/brand_id/59195/episode_id/1180834
12. http://cassad-eng.livejournal.com: Crimea. The Path to the Motherland. Afterword.
13. Sputnik: International Media Hysterical Over Putin’s Comment on Nuclear Readiness.
14. Interfax: Kyiv calls for more pressure on Moscow to secure Crimea’s return.
15. Reuters: Kremlin rules out handing back Crimea to Ukraine.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Politicians trade barbs over Crimea on anniversary. Putin’s press secretary responds to comments by Jen Psaki and Federica Mogherini on the status of the peninsula.
17. TASS: Political part of Minsk Accords for Ukraine harder to enforce than truce.
18. TASS: Poll suggests only half of Russians believe Minsk agreements are violated.
19. Interfax: Russia: All five men in custody charged with Nemtsov’s murder.
20. Interfax: All defendants in Nemtsov murder refusing to cooperate with police – source.
21. Moscow Times: Lawyer Claims Main Suspect in Nemtsov Killing Has Alibi.
22. TASS: Russian oil, gas production expected to decline by 2035 – media.
23. www.rt.com: Ukraine cops get ‘shoot-to-kill orders’ amid unrest over army hit & run killing of 8yo.
24. Kyiv Post: Riots in Kostyantynivka after Ukrainian armored vehicle hits and kills a child.
25. Russia Insider: Dead Newspaper Editor Latest Addition to String of Mysterious Deaths in Ukraine.
26. http://gordonhahn.com: Radio Liberty Fires Andrei Babitskiy for “Incorrect Position on Crimea”
27. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, The Legatum Institute Thinks Ukraine’s Economy Improved In 2014. (Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev)
28. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Finance Minister Seeks More Bailout Financing. Natalie Jaresko says security, political risks could push up debt-restructuring needs.
29. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, THE IMF IS POSTUREPEDIC, SO IGOR KOLOMOISKY CAN SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT.
30. Reuters: Russia not ready to restructure Ukraine’s debt – FinMin.
31. Bloomberg: Ukraine Bondholders’ Tough Talk Signals Debt Deal Won’t Be Easy.
32. Sputnik: EU Unlikely to Lift Anti-Russia Sanctions Despite Lack of Consensus.
33. The Vineyard of the Saker: Rostislav Ishchenko, Kiev’s every move undermines the position of the United States.
34. Foxnews.com: Jews in Baltics fear creep of anti-Semitism.
35. Wall Street Journal: How Looming Recession Is Unsettling One of Russia’s Boom Cities. Ailing economy has rattled consumers and businesses, including in the once booming city of Kaluga.
36. Financial Times: John Lloyd, Civil society in Russia is bloodied but not buried.
37. Russia Direct: Artem Kureev, The real reason why Russia finally left the CFE Treaty. As might be expected, Russia’s full withdrawal from the CFE Treaty has resulted in a flurry of negative statements from Western politicians. But should we really be concerned about a treaty that was already showing signs of being obsolete?
38. Yezhednevnyy Zhurnal: Russian political scientist predicts purge of elites after Nemtsov killing. (Dmitriy Oreshkin)
39. Los Angeles Times: STEVEN PIFER, JOHN HERBST, WILLIAM TAYLOR, Kiev, not Moscow, should be the choice for marking V-E Day.
40. Reuters: Masha Gessen, Vladimir Putin’s absence proves chaos will be his only successor.
41. Los Angeles Times: Paul Stronski, How Nemtsov’s killing puts Putin in the crosshairs.
42. http://gordonhahn.com: Everyday Neo-Fascism in Ukraine.
43. Der Spiegel: The Isolation of Donetsk. A Visit to Europe’s Absurd New Border.
44. William Hill: Ned Keenan.
45. Francis Boyle: Ned Keenan.
 
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