Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#53 :: Monday 16 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#53 :: Monday 16 March 2015
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1. www.belgraviadispatch.com: Gregory Djerejian, REALISTIC APPRAISAL OF RUSSIA’S POLICY ISN’T TANTAMOUNT TO A PUTIN APOLOGIA.
2. http://readrussia.com: Mark Adomanis, Is It All Doom and Gloom?
3. www.rt.com: ‘It’s boring without rumors’: Putin appears in public after week of MSM hysteria.
4. Center for European Policy Analysis: Edward Lucas, Where is Putin?
5. Interfax: One third of Ukrainians want war in Donbass stopped through concessions – poll.
6. Interfax: Military specialists advised using all means of deterrence in ‘Crimean Spring’ – documentary.
7. Sputnik: Putin Reveals Details of Russia-Crimea Reunification, Maidan in Documentary.
8. Rossiya 1 TV (Moscow): Russian state TV shows Crimea film, talks to Putin (pre-recorded interview)
9. TASS: Russian special forces were deployed to Crimea against Ukraine, Putin tells film.
10. TASS: Kiev “coup” plotters wanted ex-president dead, Putin tells film.
11. Moscow Times: Peter Hobson, No, Crimea Is Not ‘Suffering Reign of Terror’ Under Russian Rule.
12. Orientalreview.org: German sociologists on Crimea’s choice.
13. www.thedailybeast.com: Anna Nemetsova, Crimea’s Curse One Year On. Russia thought it could trump international law in Crimea, but it has just begun to feel the consequences.
14. Interfax: Zakharchenko: Kyiv breached ceasefire over 8,000 times.
15. TASS: Ukraine needs constitutional reform – Council of Europe chief.
16. Reuters: Oil, dividends, cheap assets – return to Russia rewards investors.
17. Moscow Times; Wenyuan Qiu, Oil Crash Is Crushing Russia.
18. Business New Europe: Mark Adomanis, The Russian banking system? Yeah, that’s going to be a problem.
19. www.rt.com: Alexander Yakovenko, On Russia’s anti-crisis measures.
20. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, Kadyrov, FSB at War After Nemtsov Death.
21. Russia Direct: Oleg Buklemishev, The Kremlin’s perception of Western sanctions is dangerous. It is time for the Kremlin to realize that the notion that Western sanctions can in some way benefit the Russian economy is fundamentally false and dangerous.
22. Reuters: Russia a land of plenty, but hard to reach from rebel east Ukraine.
23. Russia Insider: Yury Nickulichev, Ukraine’s Maidan Curse. Step by step, Maidan after Maidan, life in the country goes from bad to worse.
24. Center TV (Moscow): Ukrainian pundit tells Russian TV talk show his vision of Donbass conflict.
26. Politico.com: ‘You Can’t Bomb It Away.’ The State Department’s former No. 2 on Iran’s nuclear program, Putin and past secretaries of state. Interview with William J. Burns. (excerpt re Russia)
27. Carnegie Moscow Center: Vladimir Dvorkin, Who Benefits From Ending Russian-Ukrainian Cooperation in the Space and Defense Sectors?
28. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, Europe Doesn’t Need an Army: It Needs a Better Foreign Policy. The CEPS Task Force Report on “More Union in European Defence” advocates for the creation of a European Army. But is a more militarized Europe the answer?
29. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, IMF MAKES UKRAINE WAR-FIGHTING LOAN – ALLOWS THE US TO FUND MILITARY OPERATIONS AGAINST RUSSIA, MAY REPAY RUSSIAN BOND AND GAZPROM BILL – FRANKLIN TEMPLETON BOND DEAL IN FREEFALL.
30. Wall Street Journal: EU Ministers Divided Over Extending Sanctions Against Russia. Foreign ministers wary that extension could threaten improving conditions in eastern Ukraine.
31. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, US Intel Stands Pat on MH-17 Shoot-down.
32. Interfax: Pushkov does not expect improvement of Russia-U.S. relations.
33. The International New York Times: HANS BINNENDIJK and JOHN HERBST, Putin and the ‘Mariupol Test’
34. Wall Street Journal: NATALIE JARESKO, Bringing Ukraine Back From the Brink. An economically successful Ukraine is vital to the security of Europe and the sustainability of democratic values everywhere.
35. New York Times editorial: Murder? Pull Out the Kremlin Script.
36. New York Review of Books: Amy Knight, A Kremlin Conspiracy Gone Wrong?
37. The Vineyard of the Saker/Odnako: Denis Seleznev, When The Kiev Army Has No More Tanks.
38. Interfax: Fire in Novodevichy Convent bell tower did not damage building.
39. The Hollywood Reporter: Russian Government Plans to Make Soviet-Era Films “Public Property”
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