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Can Russia stage a comeback in space?

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(opendemocracy.net – Ivan Safronov – August 18, 2014) Ivan Safronov is a correspondent at Kommersant and an expert on the space industry. Fifty years ago, the USSR was in the lead in the proxy war that was the space race, but now Russia is better known for rockets that either fail to launch or crash

Million-Man Army of Programmers Won’t Free Russia From Western Software

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 20, 2014) Foreign software has become the latest target of Russian officials’ clamorous calls for self-sufficiency, with plans to swiftly replace all foreign imports and triple the number of Russian programmers heralding a crusade that analysts consider misguided and hopelessly optimistic. “We stand for complete sovereignty

Business New Europe: Civilians are paying the price for the fighting in east Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – COMMENT: Vera Graziadei – August 19, 2014) “The lawgivers and founders of mankind, starting from the most ancient and going on to the Lycurguses, the Solons, the Muhammads, the Napoleons, and so forth, that all of them to a man were criminals, from the fact alone that in giving

RIA Novosti: US Department of State Ignores All Information on Ukraine Coming From Russia – Moscow

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MOSCOW, August 19 (RIA Novosti) – Russia is systematically providing the US Department of State, which continues accusing Russia of escalating tensions in Ukraine, with selections of publications, reports by Russian and foreign media from hot spots, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Tuesday. “We have started gathering facts; we have started collecting publications,

Aid convoy to move in direction of Lugansk at Moscow’s decision, says Russian Foreign Ministry

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(Interfax - August 22, 2014) Russia’s Ukraine-bound humanitarian aid convoy is starting to move in the direction of the city of Lugansk, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website. “Continuing to put forth new artificial demands and excuses has already become derisive. It is impossible to put up with this mayhem,

Ukrainian army “could take Luhansk by Independence Day”

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Graham Stack in Stannitsa Luhanska – August 22, 2014) The city of Luhansk, a centre of the Russian-backed insurgency in East Ukraine, could fall to Ukrainian government forces in the next few days, the commander of an army battalion moving up on the strategically crucial north-eastern flank of the

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#183 table of contents with links :: Friday 22 August 2014

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… 25. Kyiv Post: Yatsenyuk: ‘I think we will win’
26. The Economist: Ukraine and Russia: Battering on. The fighting in eastern Ukraine intensifies as pro-Russian rebels lose ground, raising fresh questions over the plans of Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
27. Kyiv Post editorial: More sanctions now.
28. The National Interest: Stephen Blank, A Time for Deterrence. …

Interfax: Poroshenko could disolve Rada Aug. 24 – spokesperson

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KYIV. Aug 21 (Interfax) – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could make a decision to disolve the Verkhovna Rada on the Independence Day, his press secretary Svyatoslav Tseholko said. “Poroshenko on the disbandment of the Verkhovna Rada: the decision will be made when constitutional reasons arise. And their time falls on Independence Day,” Tseholko wrote on

Business New Europe: Sanctions aim at Russia’s Arctic push

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Joe Parson in Moscow – August 21, 2014) US and EU sanctions are threatening to derail a monster exploration and production project in the Russian Arctic between state-owned Rosneft and US oil major ExxonMobil. The threat is not that Washington will pressure US companies to pull out of Russian

Moscow’s Food War With West Could Hurt Russia Most

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(RFE/RL Explainer – rferl.org – Charles Recknagel - August 21, 2014) Moscow’s sweeping ban on food imports is meant as a slap in the face to Western powers for imposing sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine. But the ban is also causing food prices to rise in Russia, which is a major importer of food and has few immediate supply alternatives. Here

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#182 table of contents with links :: Thursday 20 August 2014

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… 28. Peterson Institute for International Economics: Anders Aslund, Is the West to Blame for Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine? Of Course Not!
29. The National Interest: James Carden, Ukraine’s Nightmare Drags On. In recent weeks, the American media has seemed focused on reporting on nearly every newsworthy event-except the Ukraine crisis.
30. Carnegie Corporation of New York: Rebuilding US-Russia Relations: Deana Arsenian, Introduction. United States and Russia: A Relationship to Manage …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#181 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 20 August 2014

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… 13. Wall Street Journal: Fighting Rages in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Meeting Between Russia’s Putin and Poroshenko.
14. New York Times: Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion.
15. Reuters: Ukraine rebel movement faces uncertain future. …

Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Surrender to Corruption

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com - Leonid Bershidsky - August 18, 2014) To international audiences, Ukraine is now no more than the scene of a Russian-inspired armed conflict. The fighting, however, is confined to areas that are home to 6.5 million of Ukraine’s total population of 45 million. Although the outcome there is important to all Ukrainians, there is

Interfax: Post-war rebuilding of Donbas will cost billions of dollars – Yatsenyuk

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KYIV. Aug 20 (Interfax) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the damage done to Ukraine by the war in southeastern Ukraine is in the billions of dollars. “It is very difficult to have a working economy and a healthy financial sector in a situation when there is a war going on in the country,”

Interfax: Poll: Russians say Aug 1991 events are tragedy, not triumph of democracy

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(Interfax – August 19, 2014) A relative majority of Russians (41 percent) see the August 19, 1991, putsch in the former Soviet Union as a tragedy which had harmful implications for the country and its people. The number has grown 14 percent in the past 20 years, from 27 percent in 1994, the Levada Center

Struggling With Sanctions, Russia Faces Oil Price Crash

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 20, 2014) The price of Urals crude oil, Russia’s key export and the lynchpin of its government finances, fell below $100 this week for the first time in more than a year, after plummeting $15 in under a month. Russia relies on hydrocarbon exports for 50

Business New Europe: Ukrainian industry ravaged by war

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu - Graham Stack in Kyiv - August 20, 2014) The Russian-backed insurgency in the Donbass region of east Ukraine is forcing numerous industrial giants to suspend operations. With the region accounting for over 25% of Ukrainian exports, the effect will hit hard currency revenues and the embattled hryvna. The flashpoint marking the

Ukraine Gains Against Rebels as Diplomacy Intensifies

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com –  Daryna Krasnolutska, Anton Doroshev – August 20, 2014) Ukraine’s armed forces said they continue to push back separatists in fighting in the country’s east ahead of a possible face-to-face meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian leaders next week. Soldiers from Ukraine’s National Guard captured the city of Ilovaysk, leading separatists to

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

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(Oilprice.com – Robert Bensh – August 18, 2014) Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian military’s showdown with separatists in the industrial east has forced

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#180 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 19 August 2014

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… 1. Foreign Affairs: John J. Mearsheimer, Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault: The Liberal Delusions That Provoked Putin.
2. Huffingtonpost.com: Russia Has Already Invaded Ukraine: Strobe Talbott.
3. Moscow Times: Natalia Antonova, Kiev Must Show Compassion to Eastern Ukraine.
4. The Guardian: Shaun Walker, Moscow and Kiev may both need a deal over Ukraine soon. …

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#179 table of contents with links :: Monday 18 August 2014

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… 1. The Australian: Chris Griffith, Ukrainians starve and die for Putin’s political ambitions.
2. Wall Street Journal editorial: Some Realism on Russia. The U.S. has done far too little to deter an invasion of Ukraine.
3. The Sunday Times (UK): Sick babies left behind in city caught in crossfire.
4. The Times (UK): A mother’s flight to safety: ‘I didn’t walk, I crawled. It was a nightmare’ …

Interfax: Kyiv supports ceasefire in Donbas only if some conditions met – Ukrainian foreign minister

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KYIV. Aug 18 (Interfax) – Ensuring the impenetrability of the border with Russia is one of conditions for achieving a bilateral ceasefire in south-eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said. “We said yesterday in Berlin that everyone should do everything that depends on them in order to block the border, to stop gunfire on

RIA Novosti: Right Sector Not Going to Attack Kiev, Some of Requirements Fulfilled – Leader

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KIEV, August 17 (RIA Novosti) – Right Sector militants will continue to fight against the militia forces in the east of Ukraine and will not march on Kiev, because the authorities partially complied with the demands presented by the movement, the leader of the organization Dmitry Yarosh said. On Saturday, the Right Sector ultranationalist movement

Moscow Times: Putin’s Food Ban Splits EU on Wisdom of Russia Sanctions

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Panin – August 18, 2014) The European Union’s united front on Russia sanctions seems to be buckling, as Eastern European countries hit hardest by Moscow’s retaliatory food import bans begin to question the wisdom of wrecking their economies in the name of a strategy that has seen the crisis

RIA Novosti: Kiev Not in Control of Right Sector Radicals – Lavrov

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BERLIN, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – The recent demarche by Ukraine’s radical Right Sectormovement, which demanded the closure of all criminal cases against its members, shows that the Kiev government fails to control paramilitary groups active in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. “The Kiev government fails to control numerous armed groups,

RIA Novosti: Water Supply in Donetsk Cut For Indefinite Period

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DONETSK, August 18 (RIA Novosti) – TheDonetsk city council urged the residents of the besieged Ukrainian city in the east to store drinking water before the water supply would be cut off for an indefinite period as a result of the ongoing fighting, the council told RIA Novosti. “Urgent: all Donetsk residents must stock up

Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies; RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen

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Subject: RE: 2014-#176-Johnson’s Russia List/Stephen Cohen Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 From: Keith Smith <keith.smith@cepa.org> Ambassador Keith C. Smith (Ret.) Center for European Policy Analysis 1225 19th Street NW, Suite 450 Washington, D.C. 20036 August 15, 2014 Fallacies in Support of Russia’s Ukraine Policies By Keith C. Smith Center for European Policy Analysis I read

Russian NGOs Working to Fight AIDS Not ‘Foreign Agents’

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – August 15, 2014) Non-governmental organizations working to fight HIV/AIDS in Russia will not be required to register as foreign agents if they receive funding from abroad, Kommersant reported Friday, citing the results of recent inspections by the Justice Ministry. The inspections, which began in June at the

Most Russians Don’t Know a Single NGO

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 15, 2014) Most Russians cannot name a single nongovernmental organization, though public support for NGOs in Russia has greatly increased over the past decade, a recent poll shows. More than half of the people questioned by state-run pollster VTsIOM – 59 percent – could not provide

Russian Farmers Will Need Years to Fill Gaps Left by Food Ban

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – August 15, 2014) Russian politicians have declared the recent bans on Western imports a golden opportunity for Russian agriculture – but farmers and economists warn that upping production is a question of years, not months, and closing the market will not be enough to solve its problems.

Russia May Soon Return to Soviet-Style Price Controls

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 15, 2014) After a 20-year hiatus, direct Soviet-style price controls on the retail sector may be coming back, as the government strives to fight price hikes in supermarkets following Moscow’s decision to ban swathes of Western food imports in retaliation for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The Federal

Interfax: Far-right groups threaten Kyiv region priest with reprisals

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MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Members of far-right groups disrupted a religious service being conducted by Priest Volodymyr Navozenko at the Church of the Holy Intercession in the village of Chervona Motovylivka outside of Kyiv. A video posted on YouTube shows several dozen people entering the church holding Ukrainian flags and symbols of the far-right

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#178 table of contents with links :: Friday 15 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#178 :: Friday 15 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. www.foreignpolicy.com: Sergeii Leshchenko, Ukraine’s Oligarchs

Interfax: Russian emergencies ministry and Ukrainians discussing transfer of aid to eastern Ukraine

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ROSTOV-ON-DON. Aug 15 (Interfax) – Officials of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry who are accompanying Russia’s humanitarian aid convoy and the Ukrainian authorities are discussing ways to transfer the cargo intended for people in eastern Ukraine, a source familiar with the situation told reporters on Friday. “At the moment, the main questions surrounding the transfer

RIA Novosti: No Fuel, Almost No Medicine in Luhansk – Local Authorities

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MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) -The eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk has run out of fuel and is running out of medicine after being isolated from the outside world for 13 days, the Luhansk City Council said Friday. “There is a pressing issue of a lack of fuel supplies in the city, all the reserves

Business New Europe: Putin says we’ll do all we can to stop conflict in Ukraine

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Tim Ash, Standard Bank – August 15, 2014) Putin speaking in Crimea, at session of Russia’s National Security Council. This is about as far as Putin gets to extending an olive branch and saying “lets talk”. Also noting that he does not want Russia to be isolated internationally. We

Interfax: Russia dealing with Crimean problems inherited from former authorities – Putin

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(Interfax – August 14, 2014) There are many problems in Crimea which had not been solved for decades, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. He made the statement at a meeting with members of Russian parliamentary parties in Yalta, as quoted by Russian privately-owned news Interfax agency on 14 August. “There is a lot to

Kremlin Mutes Putin’s Big Crimea Speech

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(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Carl Schreck and Luke Johnson – August 14, 2014) The speech was Putin’s first major speech on the peninsula since May, when he spoke in glowing, historical tones about the Crimea annexation during a visit to the city of Sevastopol.The absence of television coverage appeared all the more unusual given the fact that

RIA Novosti: Russia Deploys Mobile Border Guard Teams to Border With Ukraine – FSB

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MOSCOW, August 15 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has deployed mobile teams of border guards to the vicinity of the border with Ukraine, but they are to operate strictly on the Russian side, a spokesman for Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service said Friday. The spokesman said that residents of the border territories are under threat due

RIA Novosti: Russian experts speculate on why prime minister’s Twitter account was hacked

File Photo Dmitry Medvedev at Desk with Laptop Computer

(RIA Novosti – August 14, 2014) Moscow, 14 August: Russian Prime Minister Dmitriy Medvedev’s Twitter account [https://twitter.com/MedvedevRussia], which was hacked on Thursday [14 August], may have been hacked in response to the law that imposes stricter liability on bloggers and the partial ban on anonymous access to the Internet via [public] wi-fi networks, or because

Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent.

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Subject: Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent. Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 From: Sergey Slobodyan <Sergey.Slobodyan@cerge-ei.cz> This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the utterly ridiculous claim that recent Rosstat migration data proves existence of “exodus of Russian talent”: “Russia’s statistics service data shows 186,382 moved abroad

Interfax: EU ready to cancel Russia sanctions if situation in east Ukraine stabilizes – Usackas

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MOSCOW. Aug 15 (Interfax) – The European Union would not want to continue the sanctions policy regarding Russia and is not ruling out the possibility of canceling the existing measures if the situation in eastern Ukraine stabilizes. “When clear results in terms of stabilizing the situation in eastern Ukraine appear, of course, the EU will

Interfax: VTsIOM: Western sanctions unnoticed by over 90 percent of Russians

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(Interfax – August 15, 2014) Most Russians are aware of sanctions imposed on their country but the sanctions seem to have gone unnoticed by an overwhelming majority, sociologists told Interfax. Some 92 percent of the respondents said the Western sanctions had not harmed them, 4 percent spoke about a price rise and the others mentioned

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Public opinion divided as aid convoy approaches Ukraine

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines Press Digest – rbth.ru – Ivan Konyukhov, special to RBTH – August 14, 2014) RBTH presents a selection of views from leading Russian media on the latest developments in Ukraine, including the controversial humanitarian aid convoy sent by Moscow to Ukraine, the election of the new head of the Ukrainian Orthodox

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#177 table of contents with links :: Thursday 14 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#177 :: Thursday 14 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Reuters: Putin sounds conciliatory note


Crimean Boost For Putin’s Ratings Expected to Fade by Year’s End

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Ivan Nechepurenko – August 14, 2014) As President Vladimir Putin touched down in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Wednesday, a poll revealed that his support among voters has almost doubled since January, largely due to the Kremlin’s policies in Crimea and Ukraine, analysts said. The turmoil in Ukraine and

Interfax: Russia may theoretically withdraw from ECHR jurisdiction – Putin

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YALTA. Aug 14 (Interfax) – Russia may theoretically withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) jurisdiction, but the matter is not under consideration now, President Vladimir Putin says. While Putin was meeting with members of State Duma factions in Yalta on Thursday, he was asked whether Russia may withdraw from the ECHR jurisdiction.

Interfax: Moscow stays committed to INF Treaty despite new security threats – Russian Defense Ministry

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(Interfax – August 14, 2014) Russia remains committed to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), although the situation has changed significantly in the world since this document was signed, and almost 30 countries hold such weapons today, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has said. “One cannot fail to admit that the military and

Interfax: Russian top MP says Ukraine to harm itself with sanctions against Moscow

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(Interfax – Moscow, August 13, 2014) By shelling Russian territory, Ukraine would like to provoke a prolonged conflict with it and Russia’s response should be extremely careful, head of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee Aleksey Pushkov (One Russia faction) has said. “Our actions must be extremely level-headed. After all this could entail a

Interfax: Pushkov not ruling out Russia’s pull-out from INF treaty

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MOSCOW. Aug 14 (Interfax) – The head of the State Duma International Affairs Committee, Alexei Pushkov, has not ruled out the possibility that Russia could withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “Russia is not planning a series of denunciations of international agreements but it could exit those which no longer meet its national

Interfax: Some 82 percent of Russians ready to support Putin in next election – poll

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(Interfax – August 13, 2014) The election rating of Vladimir Putin has practically doubled since the beginning of the year and he would have won a convincing victory if the next presidential election were held next Sunday, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax. Some 52 percent of the respondents who intend to cast their ballots mentioned

Interfax: Russians certain Putin assisting in peaceful resolution in Ukraine – poll

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MOSCOW. Aug 13 (Interfax) – A total of 63% of Russian citizens believe that actions and statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situation in Ukraine assist in the peaceful resolution of the conflict, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said citing a poll held. This stance is mostly shared by residents of

Business New Europe: Sanctions “unbearable” for EU, will be cancelled in 3 months

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Danske Bank – August 13, 2014) We analyse the economic and financial impact of the Ukrainian crisis with a special focus on our footprint Nordic markets. We view the situation in Ukraine as far from de-escalating as fighting continues in Donetsk and Lugansk, which we expect to weigh on

RIA Novosti: Nazi Symbolism Flourishes in Post-Maidan Ukraine

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[Photos here http://en.ria.ru/world/20140813/191975347/Nazi-Symbolism-Flourishes-in-Post-Maidan-Ukraine.html] MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) – Ukrainian authorities have vehemently denied that Ukraine’s armed forces have slightest correlation with neo-fascists. However, open use of Neo-Nazi symbolism in their crusade against militia forces and civil population of eastern Ukraine explicitly suggests otherwise. The country’s special unit for protection of public order – the

Moscow Times: Russian View: Ukraine Is Safe From a Moscow Invasion

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – August 13, 2014) Concerns voiced by Kiev and the West that Moscow’s humanitarian convoy to Ukraine’s battle-scarred east is nothing more than a Trojan Horse are – most likely – unfounded, Russian military analysts said. Pundits told The Moscow Times on Tuesday that the limited scope of

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#176 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 13 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#176 :: Wednesday 13 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  1. Reuters: Ukraine crisis death toll

Recent JRL Tables of Contents – Links

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Fewer Russians Worry About Inflation Despite Predictions of Higher Food Prices

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 13, 2014) Fewer Russians are concerned about inflation than they were a month ago, a new poll published Tuesday showed, even as analysts warned recession was inevitable and that a ban on many foreign food items would push up prices for consumers. The state-run Russian Public Opinion Research Center

RIA Novosti: No Grounds for Food Price Hikes in Russia – Deputy Prime Minister

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MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Wednesday that a possible food shortage and a resulting imbalance in food prices that could occur in the country’s westernmost exclave could easily be compensated by Belarus. “There is a case in particular [of price imbalance] and that’s the Kaliningrad region, which

Officials yet to agree upon terms of Russian humanitarian aid convoy

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Concorde Capital – August 13, 2014) The Russian government has agreed upon the route of the humanitarian convoy and hopes that the Ukrainian government will ensure its safety on its controlled territory, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in an Aug. 12 statement. The two governments agreed that the humanitarian

Russia Beyond the Headlines: Humanitarian convoy to Ukraine: Trojan horse or genuine aid mission?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Ilya Slastenov, Nikolai Litovkin, RBTH – August 13, 2014) Moscow’s decision to send an aid convoy to eastern Ukraine has been received with mistrust by the U.S. and a number of European countries. RBTH interviewed a number of Russian experts on how the political scenario in relations between

People from the Donbass seen from other Ukrainians

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Subject: People from the Donbass seen from other Ukrainians Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 From: Antony Penaud <antonypenaud@yahoo.fr> Below is part of an email from a Ukrainian girl (she is a pretty 30yrs old girl from Zaporizhya and lives in London): “As for Donbass region – if you do some research you might understand a

Ferapontov Monastery

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Subject: Ferapontov Monastery Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 From: William Brumfield <william.brumfield@gmail.com> My current article for Russia beyond the Headlines is devoted to the radiant frescoes created at  in 1502 by the artist Dionisy and his two sons. The monastery and its frescoes are on the UNESCO World Heritage list: rbth.com/travel/2014/08/08/ferapontov_monastery_sublime _beauty_in_the_russian_north_38893.html For best results

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#175 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 12 August 2014

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… 7. Wall Street Journal: Russian Aid Convoy Leaves for Ukraine. Kiev Had Demanded Aid be Coordinated Through Red Cross.
8. Business New Europe: Russian and Red Cross convoy leaves Moscow for Ukraine, bearing humanitarian aid.
9. Reuters: Kerry says hopeful Russia and Ukraine can work together. …

In Russia, Iron Curtain Falls Not at the End of the Play But Much Earlier, Moscow Sociologist Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 12, 2014) Aleksey Levinson, a Levada Center sociologist, says that iron curtains like the one now being erected around Russia are a political strategy that reflects weakness rather than strength and that its appearance is not the end of the story but somewhere much earlier. In

Russia’s Boom Business: Forced Labor In Prisons

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(RFE/RL – rferl.org – Vladimir Abarinov – August 11, 2014) When Nadezhda Tolokonnikova arrived at penal colony IK-14 in August 2012, a deputy warden proudly announced: “As far as my political convictions go, I am a Stalinist.” Tolokonnikova soon learned what that meant in practice. One year into her sentence for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” the Pussy Riot

Hiding dual citizenship now a criminal offense in Russia

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Anastasia Vityazeva, special to RBTH – August 12, 2014) New legislation requires Russians with passports of two or more countries to inform the migration service on their own initiative, with those who intentionally conceal dual citizenship being criminally liable. A government representative claims that Russians who are a

Kremlin Undergoing Major Renovation to Lure Tourists

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 12, 2014) The Kremlin’s historic building complex in the heart of Moscow is undergoing a series of changes to make it more accessible to tourists, and the presidential administration’s unused offices may be torn down to restore the world heritage site’s “historic look.” Most of the

RIA Novosti: Russia not planning to close air transit route across Siberia – minister

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(RIA Novosti – August 11, 2014) Russia is not planning at present to stop western airlines from flying across Siberia, Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov has said. “Do not worry, there is no decision being taken on this just yet,” he replied when asked by journalists, RIA Novosti news agency reported on 11 August. The newspaper

One in Ten Russians Want to Leave Their Country

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 12, 2014) About one in every 10 Russians wants to emigrate from the country, a recent poll has shown, and while few seem to be actively pursuing their wish, the number is significant because it represents mostly young and educated professionals. Among those who said they wanted to leave

Interfax: Ukraine military scoring successes near Horlivka – Security and Defense Council

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KYIV. Aug 12 (Interfax) – Ukrainian forces, pushing towards Donetsk, have seized control of a stretch of the motorway between Horlivka and Donetsk, the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman said. “Forces involved in the counterterrorism operation have captured a stretch of the motorway between Horlivka and Donetsk, cutting Horlivka from the main forces,”

BNE: Russian and Red Cross convoy leaves Moscow for Ukraine, bearing humanitarian aid

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – August 12, 2014) Russia in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will send a humanitarian convoy to Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said in a telephone conversation with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Monday. An enormous Russian convoy of about 280 trucks carrying humanitarian

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#174 contents with links :: Monday 11 August 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#174 :: Monday 11 August 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. Moscow Times: Fyodor Lukyanov,

Interfax: Russian GDP growth slows to 0.8% in Q2 – Rosstat

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MOSCOW. Aug 11 (Interfax) – Russian year-on-year GDP growth slowed to 0.8% in Q2 2014, from 0.9% in Q1, the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) said in a preliminary estimate. The Economic Development Ministry estimated the economy would grow 1.1% in Q2. Rosstat will unveil more details in the middle of September. The Econ Ministry

Russian Foodies React To Import Ban With Patriotism, Some Gloom

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(RFE/RL  – rferl.org – Tom Balmforth – MOSCOW, August 7, 2014) Moscow’s upmarket food shoppers are reacting variously with patriotic approval and gloomy resignation at the prospect of going without some of their favorite foreign foods for a year. The Russian government on August 7 approved a lengthy shopping list of foods and produce that cannot be imported

No Passports Required to Use Public Wi-Fi, Moscow City Hall Says

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 9, 2014) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree Friday instructing public Wi-Fi network operators to require user identification – but only in certain spots. The decree was almost immediately greeted with outrage from many residents of Moscow, where Wi-Fi is widely available in parks, cafes, schools and on

Ban on anonymous access to public Wi-Fi irritates Russians

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Igor Rozin, RBTH – August 11, 2014) A government decree demanding that Russians show their passports when accessing public Wi-Fi has agitated Russian society. A few hours after the decree was issued, the Moscow Mayor and the Ministry of Communications’ press offices explained that the decision did not

Moscow Times: Eight Things That Will Make You Jealous of Russians and Their Dachas

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – August 9, 2014) [Missing photos here themoscowtimes.com/news/article/8-things-that-will-make-you-jealous-of-russians-and-their-dachas/504792.html] In summer, the dacha becomes the focal point of Russian existence. Children and grandparents live there while school is out, and those who still have to work head out for their own bit of greenery once Friday afternoon rolls around. It doesn’t have

West Doesn’t Have a Strategy in Ukraine, Pastukhov Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 11, 2014) The notion that the West has a strategy for Ukraine is “a myth of Kremlin propaganda,” Vladimir Pastukhov says. “What is happening in Ukraine is the result not so much of the application of a mistaken strategy by the West as much as it

RIA Novosti: Russia to Use All Possible Measures in WTO to Contest Sanctions – Putin’s Press Secretary

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SOCHI, August 11 (RIA Novosti) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow has a wide range of possible responses to Western sanctions under the rules of the World Trade Organization that can be used by any member. “There is a whole range of measures and defined tools within the WTO which, of course, each WTO

Interfax: Some 250,000 Lugansk residents have no power for two weeks, city has no food, medication, fuel supplies

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(Interfax – August 11, 2014) As of Monday morning, the situation in Lugansk remains critical – the city is completely cut off from power, the Lugansk city council press office said in a statement. “About 250,000 Lugansk residents, who stayed in the city, have no power and water for nine days already, cellular and landline

RIA Novosti: Between Justice and European Courts’ Rulings on Russia: a Dangerous Gap

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(RIA Novosti – Alexander Mercouris – August 9, 2014) There is always going to be a gap between people’s understanding of what is just/unjust and formal court rulings. Law will always strive to catch up with changing societal attitudes to “justice” and “injustice.” But law will always more or less miserably fall behind, unless some

Why Russia is falling behind in the science race

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(opendemocracy.net - Andrey Sobolevsky – August 6, 2014) The reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences is not popular with scientists. Especially in Siberia. The Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in May 1957. The new scientific centre in the east of the country was intended as a counterweight to Moscow and

Business New Europe: Putin plays peacemaker in South Caucasus

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – August 11, 2014) While the world’s attention is focused on the fighting in Iraq and Ukraine, a threatened resurgence of the long frozen conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh looks to have been averted. Following several small-scale clashes around the separatist republic in recent weeks, the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed

The Winners of the 22nd Moscow Times Theater Awards

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – John Freedman – August 7, 2014) What a year. Drama. Histrionics. Villainy. Hubris. Intrigue. Tragedy. And I haven’t even begun considering the 2013-2014 theater season. You guessed it. It is time for the annual Moscow Times Theater Awards. For the 22nd year running, I take a look back at why

Daching: How to Get Beaten Up in the Russian Countryside

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – August 11, 2014) Many extreme sports, from snowboarding to air racing, are known health hazards. But only one can lead to indiscriminate beating, allegations of terrorism, jail and even self-imposed exile – and all you need to do is take a stroll through supposedly public land. Dozens

Ukraine Urges Mass Evacuation as Army Surrounds Cities

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Kateryna Choursina and Volodymyr Verbyany – August 11, 2014) Ukraine told residents of separatist strongholds in its easternmost regions to flee as government troops close in after dismissing a cease-fire offered by the militants. Inhabitants of Donetsk and Luhansk, cities that were home to 1.5 million people before the pro-Russian insurgency

Interfax: Separatist leader in Ukraine sets out terms for peace talks

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(Interfax – August 10, 2014) A senior figure in the Donetsk people’s republic has set out terms for a cease-fire with Ukraine, which Kiev has rejected, Interfax news agency reported on 10 August. “The main condition for a cease-fire is the Ukrainian army doing exactly the same. A cease-fire has to be reciprocal,” the self-proclaimed

After Putin, Russia Will Be Either Fascist or Federalized, Ukrainian Analyst Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 10, 2014) Ever more people around the world want Vladimir Putin to leave the scene but very few have asked themselves what Russia will be like after his departure. One who has, Sergey Klimovsky, suggests that Russia will either be a fascist state even worse than

World War on Russia’s Mind When U.S. Duels Over Ukraine

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Olga Tanas – August 8, 2014) From his perch as Vladimir Putin’s adviser for building ties with fellow former Soviet republics, Sergei Glazyev perceives the world shifting to a war footing. There’s a war waged against Russia with economic sanctions and military conflicts roiling Ukraine to Iraq, according to Glazyev, 53,

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#173 contents with links :: Sunday 10 August 2014

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#172 contents with links :: Friday 8 August 2014

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Putin has Turned the Clock Back to July 1938, Felshtinsky Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, August 7, 2014) During the Cold War, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists rated the level of danger of a nuclear war in terms of the number of minutes the clock was running before midnight. Now, Russian historian Yury Feltshtinsky has told a Polish newspaper that Vladimir

Moscow Times: Ukraine Says Rebels Mistook Doomed Flight MH17 for Aeroflot Plane

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – August 8, 2014) Ukraine has claimed that pro-Moscow separatists downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 after mistaking it for a Russian Aeroflot plane that they supposedly wanted to shoot down to provide Moscow with a pretext for invading Ukraine. The latest theory in an array of conflicting claims

RIA Novosti: Ukrainian Transit Not Crucial For Russian Oil Deliveries to Europe – Transneft

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MOSCOW, August 8 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has alternative routes to deliver oil to Europe if Ukraine decides to stop transit via its territory, but Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic will sustain losses, a spokesman for Russia’s oil transit monopoly Transneft said Friday. Russia delivers about 14 million tons of oil to European consumers via

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