RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#223 :: Monday 16 November 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#223
Monday 16 November 2015

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: ‘A monstrous blow to European civilization’: Russia reacts to Paris attacks.
2. TASS: More tragedies to follow Paris massacre if humanity fails to present common front.
4. Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members.
5. Simon Saradzhyan , Putin’s Russia: Claims Versus Reality.
6. Mark Adomanis, Demographic Crisis, American Style.
7. USRBC Russia Monthly Economic Review.
8. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, How Sanctions Are Strengthening Russia’s Financial System. Falling capital outflow suggests deleveraging is ending and with it dependence on Western financial markets.
9. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Getting More Money From Asia As Sanctions Scare Europeans.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Russians still buying American despite economic hardships. Despite economic sanctions and the crisis, U.S. companies are continuing to increase their presence in Russia. The cornerstone of American success is the inexpensive fast-food market, which has only grown more popular during the crisis.
11. Bloomberg: Half of Russia’s Richest People Are Planning to Cash Out.
12. TASS: Russia stands for adopting legally binding agreement at climate change conference.
13. Center for Global Interests: James Neimeister, Paris Climate Talks Should Include Russia’s Lake Baikal. Preserving the Lake Baikal ecosystem is a matter of regional security that must be addressed at the international and grassroots levels.
14. RFE/RL: Putin’s Pioneers: Push For Russian Youth League Stirs Debate, Doubt.
15. Kenneth Rapoza, U.S. Clobbers Russia In Asking Facebook For User Info.
16. Wall Street Journal: Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin Agree on General Path for Syria, U.S. Officials Say. Obama also ‘noted the importance of Russia’s military efforts in Syria,’ officials add.
17. Bloomberg: Putin Goes From G-20 Pariah to Player at Obama Turkey Talk.
18. Reuters: U.S.-Russia cooperation key to fighting Islamic State in Syria: EU.
19. Interfax: U.S., West begin to understand intl problems cannot be resolved without Russia – Matviyenko
20. Lowy Interpreter: Dmitry Gorenburg, Russia’s Syria operation reveals significant improvement in military capability.
21. The Unz Review: The Saker, Week Six of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a First Major Success for the Syrian Armed Forces.
22. TASS: Analysts: NATO unlikely to change strategy even if it agrees to cooperate with Russia.
23. Danielle Ryan, Wake up, Europe: Russia is not the enemy.
24. Most Russians still support govt’s policies on Syria, poll shows.
25. Vedomosti: Russian public said adapting to threat of terrorism in post-A321 situation. (Andrey Kolesnikov)
26. Russia Direct: Ivan Tsvetkov, Obstacles for Russia-West anti-ISIS cooperation after Paris attacks. The Paris attacks have shocked the globe and left world leaders stunned. But the small step needed to unify Russia and the West in the fight against ISIS might prove to be too much of a giant leap.
27. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Georgy Bovt, Paris attacks: Lessons not learned. All those who consider themselves to be a part of the civilized world should not only understand where we have gone wrong over the past 15 years in the fight against terror, but also create new forms of joint and coordinated action.
28. The Independent (UK): Patrick Cockburn, Paris attacks: No security can stop Isis – the bombers will always get through. Only the total destruction of the terrorist group, through US air support for Assad’s ground forces, can keep Europe safe.
29. Washington Post: Leon Aron, Russia is a new front for militant Islam.
30. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexey Arbatov, The First Strike Trap.
31. Wall Street Journal: Russian Track Official Hopes to Have Team Restored in Three Months.
32. PONARS: Brian Taylor, The Code of Putinism.
33. Alfa Fellowship Program.


34. Kyiv Post: Avakov: Terrorist attacks expected in Ukraine’s largest cities in ‘next few days’
35. Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Russian trace in Paris bombing theory not as crazy as you might think.
36. TASS: Donetsk republic reported 80 ceasefire violations by Kiev troops over past week.
37. Moscow Times: Topless Femen Activist Calls Kiev Mayor Klitschko a Pimp.
38. Interfax: Another Georgian native gets Ukrainian citizenship, high post in Ukraine’s national police.
39. TASS: Campaign against Minsk peace accords continues in Ukraine.
40. Reuters: Russia’s Putin says offers Ukraine better terms to restructure debt.
41. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Separatists Feel Abandoned as Moscow’s Attention Shifts. Eastern region becomes gray area, part of Ukraine but economically cut off.
42. Bloomberg: Ukraine Exits 18 Months of Recession to Face Meager Recovery.
43. Washington Post: Jackson Diehl, Ukraine’s civil (service) war.
44. TASS: Ukraine’s PM asks EU to set up fund for Ukrainian officials to drive them off corruption.
45. Meduza: Pavel Kanygin, The Donbass War. Assessing the Aftermath How the ‘Russian Spring’ came to an end in eastern Ukraine.
46. Halyna Mokrushyna, De-humanizing the Other: Retrograde, Soviet Donbas as an anti-hero of progressive Euromaidan Ukraine in the discourse of Ukrainian political elites and media. [excerpt]
47. New Eastern Outlook: Will Western Ukraine Become the new Northern Ireland?

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