RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#205 :: Wednesday 21 October 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#205
Wednesday – 21 October 2015

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1. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, West Has Lost the Right to Lecture Putin.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines: No common ground for Russia and U.S. on ISIS. Three weeks after Russia began bombing runs in Syria, American and Russian officials continue their disagreement about the goals of the campaign.
3. The National Interest: Vladimir Lukin, Looking West from Russia: The Eurasianist Folly. Eurasianists who see Russia’s soul in raiders from the eastern steppes have always led their nation to danger and decay. Progress and prosperity have come under leaders who looked West.
4. History News Network: Walter Moss, The Surprising Consensus on What Experts Say about Putin.
5. Interfax: Putin to attend Valdai Club’s final plenary session on October 22.
6. Brookings Institution: Jeremy Shapiro and Samuel Charap, Really, actually avoiding a new Cold War.
7. St Pete Lawmaker wants Russia to forget 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.
8. Interfax: Russian deputy prime minister says no plans to raise pension age.
9. Moscow Times: Russia’s Sole Sexual Assault Center Struggles to Make Ends Meet.
10. Marina Pustilnik, How to Be a Sexist Jerk Without People Caring. (re Sergei Parkhomenko)
11. Reuters: Investment tide may have turned for crisis-hit Russia.
12. Interfax: Russian authorities know how to take inflation under control, to reach plan by yearend – Shuvalov.
13. Sputnik: Russian Crisis Over, Reforms Needed for Economic Growth. (Deputy Finance Minister Maksim Oreshkin)
14. Business New Europe: The ABR (Anywhere But Russia) crew of fund veterans now punting in Pakistan, Iraq and Iran.
5. Kenneth Rapoza, Russian Production Improving, But Locals Losing Money Fast.
16. Russia becomes China’s top crude supplier.
17. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Assad pays surprise visit to Moscow for Syria talks with Putin. Syrian president thanks Russian leader for assistance in fight against ‘terrorists’.
18. TASS: What brought Assad to Moscow?
19. Meeting with President of Syria Bashar Assad.
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Is Moscow looking to make Syria’s opposition a deal? A recent meeting between a Russian presidential envoy and a Syrian opposition leader in Cairo has sparked much rumor and speculation. RBTH has polled Russian observers for their views on the reasons behind the meeting with opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
21. TASS: President Assad’s visit to Moscow may launch new dialogue in Syria – Russian expert. (Vitaly Naumkin)
22. Interfax: Communication, mutual aid channels to be established once agreement with U.S. Defense Department takes effect.
23. TASS: Russian defence official hails Syria flight safety memo signed with USA.
24. Vedomosti: Paper mulls likelihood of Russia’s creating permanent military base in Syria.
25. Gordon Hahn, REPORT: An Anatomy of North Caucasus-Tied Jihadi Groups in Syria and Iraq.
26. Washington Post: David Ignatius, Team Russia: World Police.
27. Moscow Times: Calculating the Cost of Russia’s War in Syria.
28. Reuters: Upstaged NATO searches for ‘360-degree’ response to Russia.
29. Wall Street Journal: Americans See Russia, Syria as Looming Threats – WSJ/NBC Poll.
30. Russia Insider/Telepolis: Renowned German Journalist Breaks Ranks, Slams Media Portrayal of Russia. (Gabriele Krone-Schmalz)
31. The Blog Mire: Reclaiming the Media Narrative After Russian Intervention in Syria – by Russell O’Phobe.
32. Moscow Times: The Sakharov Center’s Direct View on Real Life.
33. Komsomolskaya Pravda: Russian general interviewed on Syria campaign. (LONG: Viktor Baranets interviews Andrey Kartapolov, deputy chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff and head of the General Staff’s Main Operations Directorate)


34. New York Times: Sounds of War Recede to Background in an Eastern Ukraine City. (Mariupol)
35. Reuters: Ukraine ceasefire helps volunteers bring dead soldiers home.
36. UNIAN (Kyiv): Odesa SBU blast has “Russian trace”: SBU chief.
37. TASS: Popularity of Ukraine’s ruling parties falls, right-wing radicals score points.
38. Kyiv Post: Campaigns getting dirtier ahead of Oct. 25 vote.
39. TASS: Fitch forecasts Ukraine’s GDP to contract by 10% in 2015.
40. Interfax: Ukrainian energy minister plans to prolong electricity contract with Russia.
41. Adrian Karatnycky and Alexander J. Motyl, How Putin’s Ukrainian Dream Turned Into a Nightmare. Kiev and the West are winning. Now is not the time to let Moscow off the hook.
42. Robert Parry, MH-17 Case: ‘Old’ Journalism vs. ‘New.’ (re Bellingcat)
44. Dominique Arel: ASN 2016 World Convention Call for Papers (Deadline Reminder: 29 October)

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