RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#254 :: Thursday 31 December 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#254
Thursday 31 December 2015

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THE BEST OF 2015

1. Putin.
2. Medvedev.
3. Lavrov.
4. Russia Direct: The Ukraine crisis has become more dangerous than just
a new Cold War. RD Exclusive: Russia Direct sat down with eminent Russia scholar
Richard Sakwa of the University of Kent to discuss his new book Frontline Ukraine:
Crisis in the Borderlands and to analyze the geopolitical challenges ahead in 2015.
5. Moscow Times: Fyodor Lukyanov, Putin Wants Peaceful Coexistence With
the West.
6. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: The United States,
Russia, and Ukraine: Report from Moscow. Interview with Dmitri Trenin.
7. Russia Direct: Legvold and Trenin: How to fix the US-Russian relationship.
At a recent symposium hosted by Tufts University, two leading Russia experts – Robert
Legvold and Dmitri Trenin – discussed the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship
and what it will take to solve the Ukrainian crisis.
8. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE NEED FOR STRATEGIC EMPATHY.
9. Karen Hewitt: What is going on in Russia? The views and values of ordinary
Russians.
10. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, My First-Hand Account of a Provincial
Russian City (It’s Bustling!). Travelling along the Trans Siberian Railway from
Moscow to Perm reveals a bustling modern city – totally different from the dark
provincial Russia of western fancy.
11. The National Interest: Nicolai Petro, Russia’s Moral Framework and
Why It Matters. A look into Russia’s moral framework and the relationship it has
with religion and state values could help us better understand what makes Moscow
tick.
12. http://gordonhahn.com: Gordon Hahn, Putin: A Russian Neo-Traditionalist,
Not a Western Conservative.
13. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, Russia’s Economy: Not Just Natural Resources.
14. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Spurred by Western criticism,
Russians experience something new: patriotism. In the past, Russia was an empire,
then a communist colossus, then a ‘defeated’ power expected to adopt Western ways.
But current tensions with the West are fostering what may be the birth of a distinct
Russian nationalism.
15. http://warontherocks.com: Michael Kofman, The Seven Deadly Sins of
Russia Analysis.
16. The National Interest: Matthew Dal Santo, Putin’s Popularity, Explained.
17. Financial Times: Thomas Graham, Europe’s problem is with Russia, not
Putin. Moscow is not a rising revolutionary force but one seeking to restore power.
18. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Once again, the West fails to
understand Russia. Western leaders are staying away from this year’s Victory Day,
which mourns the loss of 20 million Russians who died to defeat Nazi Germany.
19. Russia Insider: Shellback, Two Centuries of Russian Surprises–Why
Are We Surprised? Underestimating Russia will surprise you.
20. Counterpunch.org: Halyna Mokrushyna, Perpetrators Honoring Their Victims,
or An Incomprehensible Logic Concerning Donbas “Terrorists”
21. Fair Observer: Olena Lennon and Brian Milakovsky, Is Europe’s Buffer
Zone in Ukraine Keeping it Safe?
22. www.rt.com” “Kiev govt resists only solution to Ukraine crisis- full
autonomy of Donbass.” (interview with Anatol Lieven)
23. Rossiiskaya Gazeta: Sergey Karaganov, Bidding Farewell to the Civil
War. A nation that has not buried its perished fellow citizens cannot respect itself
and move forward.
24. Sarah Lindemann-Komarova: Running for Office in Siberia: And the winner
is…Last in a series covering the District #35 Novosibirsk City Council election.
25. www.belgraviadispatch.com: Gregory Djerejian, REALISTIC APPRAISAL OF
RUSSIA’S POLICY ISN’T TANTAMOUNT TO A PUTIN APOLOGIA.
26. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russia and the Depression That Wasn’t.
27. Valdai Discussion Club: David Lane, Is the Russian Federation a Threat
to the International Order?
28. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Bryan MacDonald, Russia avoids revolution
again. Naysayers are keen to predict Russia’s demise, but despite a difficult year
politically and economically, the country has failed to fall apart.
29. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, West Has Lost the Right to Lecture Putin.
30. Journalitico: Danielle Ryan, The Problem With Propaganda.

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