RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-46 :: Monday, 7 March 2016

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#46
Monday, 7 March 2016

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1. Mark Adomanis, Are We in for a Repeat of Brezhnev?
3. Valdai Discussion Club: A NEW COLD WAR? CHURCHILL’S ‘IRON CURTAIN’ SPEECH REVISITED. Seventy years ago today, Winston Churchill delivered his famous speech in Fulton, Ohio, widely seen as the symbolic beginning of the Cold War. Today, more and more people believe that the Cold War has made a comeback. Valdai Club expert, writer and diplomat Sir Rodric Braithwaite shares his view of whether fears of a new Cold War are valid.
4. Anna Nemtsova, Gorbachev Sings! And Denounces New Stalinism.
5. Interfax: Nancy Reagan played important role in improving U.S-USSR relations – Gorbachev.
6. Russia Insider/Argumenty i Fakty: Nikolai Starikov, Why Gorbachev Will Never Be Forgiven. He sold out the country he was elected to defend.
7. Many Russians feeling nostalgic for communist past. Amid a worsening economy, Kremlin seems concerned about potential resurgence of Communist party as elections near.
8. Wall Street Journal: Russian Entrepreneurs Set Sights Closer to Home. Some regional startups are avoiding Silicon Valley and Moscow, as they take advantage of lower labor costs and a push for made-in-Russia products.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: A crisis is the best time to invest in the world’s future consumers. Despite Russia’s difficult economic situation, 30 Russian and international companies – without intentions of making an immediate profit – have invested in the biggest educational entertainment center in Europe, KidZania. As a reward they hope to bring up loyal consumers for the future.
10. Russian airports named best in Europe.
11. Sputnik: Putin’s Trump Card: Russia May Outperform the West in Unexpected Way. (re agriculture)
12. Russia Can’t Find Enough Skilled Workers.
13. Will Russia End Up Controlling 73% of Global Oil Supply?
14. Reuters: Moody’s warning highlights pressure on Russia to adapt to lower oil.
15. TASS: Expert: 2035 Master Plan of Russian Oil Sector Development suggests output decline.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Nord Stream 2: Is Russian gas politically incorrect? A lobbying campaign against the extension of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, spearheaded by Gazprom together with five European energy majors, has now engulfed the European Parliament. What are the arguments of the opponents and are they business-focused or politically motivated?
17. AFP: There Are Cities In Russia That No One Is Allowed To Go To.
18. European Leadership Network: Ian Kearns and Denitsa Raynova, Managing Dangerous Incidents: The need for a NATO-Russia Memorandum of Understanding.
19. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Yevgeniy Shestakov, What’s in store for Middle East? Russia seeks ‘golden mean’ in region.
20. AP: Putin’s Syria Campaign Is Win-Win for Most Russians.
21. Sputnik: Confidential: NATO Report Praises Russia’s Superiority in Syria.
22. Russia Insider; Alexander Mercouris, How Russia Is Bringing Peace to Syria. Russia uses diplomacy in Geneva, peace-making in the Syrian countryside, and bombing of jihadi terrorists and the Islamic State, to stabilise the country.
23. The National Interest: Michael Kofman, How to Lose a Proxy War with Russia. The only winning move is not to play.
24. The Unz Review: The Saker, Week Twenty-one of the Russian Military Intervention in Syria: The Calm Before the Storm?
25. editorial: German Secret Service copies CIA playbook: blame Putin!
26. Wall Street Journal: Mikhail Kasyanov, Russia’s Democratic Opposition Needs the West’s Support. Some of us would risk our lives to bring change to Russia. But even that isn’t enough.
27. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, The Daily Vertical: Putin’s Liberal Enablers.
28. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russia Missed Its Chance to Be Like America.
29. Reuters: Lucian Kim, Do you suffer from Russophobia? The Kremlin thinks you might.
30. Stanford News: Stanford political scientists discuss diplomacy and foreign policy amid global turmoil. (Rice and McFaul)
31. Washington Post: Michael Birnbaum, Just because Russians like Putin doesn’t mean they’re happy about the economy.
32. Washington Post: Michael Birnbaum, How to understand Putin’s jaw-droppingly high approval ratings.
33. Deutsche Welle: Gorbachev’s fate could befall Putin. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev turned 85 this week, but even with the passing of time Russians still don’t like him. Is there a message here for the seemingly untouchable Putin? Fiona Clark takes a look.
34. Dominique Arel: ASN 2016 Convention Preliminary Program (14-16 April, NY)


35. The Blog Mire: Rob Slane, Unpopular and Corrupt Government in Town: Where in the World are Nuland’s Democracy Cookies?
36. Ukraine Today (Kyiv): U.S. says it has given Ukraine USD 265 million since conflict in east began.
37. Business Ukraine (Kyiv): JARESKO FOR PM? US-born minister reportedly agrees to replace Yatsenyuk. Could the highly rated political outsider Natalie Jaresko be about to reinvigorate Ukraine’s reform drive and win over the country’s international doubters as Prime Minister of a new technocrat government?
38. Russia Insider: Mark Nicholas, An American for Prime Minister: Ukraine’s Poroshenko Makes Victoria Nuland an Offer She Can’t Refuse. Americans helped block the sacking of Prime Minister Yatsenyuk. Will they change their minds if Poroshenko offers them the Illinois-born Jaresko?
39. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan Shootings.
40. Sputnik: Ukraine PM Says Opponents Fail to Offer Alternative Plan to End Crisis.
41. Kyiv Post/Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Yatsenyuk: Most Poroshenko lawmakers ‘block our reforms’
42. Russia Insider: Nicolai Petro, Gogol, One of Russia’s Greatest Writers, Was Half Ukrainian. His Thoughts on Ukrainian Identity.
43. Peter Clateman: The Russia-Ukraine Bond Dispute: Another Frozen Conflict?


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