RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-21 :: Friday, 29 January 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#21
Friday 29 January 2016

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RUSSIA

1. Moscow Times: Russia Sanctions Can Be Lifted If Minsk Implemented – U.S. Ambassador.
2. US Embassy Moscow: Transcript of Ambassador Tefft’s Interview with Russian Wire Services.
3. Russia Direct: John Pedler, What the Kremlin expects from the West in 2016. If Obama reaches reconciliation with Russia in 2016 before leaving office, he will bequeath a worthy legacy to the next American president. To achieve this, he needs to understand and accept what the Kremlin wants in Ukraine.
4. Interfax: Putin has not yet decided whether he will run for president in 2018 – Peskov.
5. Interfax: Dvorkovich: Russian oil sector market oriented; state doesn’t control production.
6. Reuters: Russia’s Lavrov voices ‘indignation’ to Kerry over corrupt Putin allegations.
7. www.rt.com: White House accusations aimed at Putin are insults – Kremlin spokesman.
8. http://warontherocks.com: Dmitry Gorenburg, THREATENING RUSSIA WILL NOT BRING PRO-WESTERN FORCES TO POWER IN MOSCOW.
9. Russia Direct: Marina Obrazkova, The Kremlin’s attempt to co-opt the opposition takes a new turn. A political party for entrepreneurs in Russia will be led by a political figure close to the Kremlin, leading to speculation that this party will become just another way to siphon votes away from the opposition.
10. Interfax: Russian Investigative Committee completes inquiry against five Nemtsov murder suspects – Markin.
11. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, Khodorkovsky – The Murder Case. Russian authorities re-open file on twenty year old murder case, accusing Khodorkovsky of the crime.
12. TASS: Almost 50% of Russians fear repetition of 1998 economic crisis – pollster.
13. TASS: Anti-crisis plan: what can Russia do to prop up its economy and survive?
14. Bloomberg: Russia’s Great Shift Downward. Putin has shown little interest in changing the economic model.
15. Wall Street Journal: Russian Central Bank Keeps Rates on Hold, Warns On Inflation Risk.
16. www.rt.com: Ruble rebounds on rumors of Russian oil production cut.
17. Moscow Times: The Upside of a Down Ruble.
18. True Economics: Russian Capital Outflows 2015: Abating, but Still High.
19. Reuters: Russia cautious on prospects for oil cut deal with OPEC.
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Gazeta.ru: Saudi Arabia asks Russia to reduce oil production.
21. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Don’t Expect Russia To Save Oil Prices, Barclays Warns.
22. www.rt.com: ‘Russia-OPEC oil deal – chances small’
23. The Independent (UK): Patrick Cockburn, Syria peace talks: If the crisis is to be solved, it will be by an agreement between Russia and the United States. With diplomatic chaos surrounding the Geneva peace talks, hopes of ending the bloodshed now turns to the traditional superpowers as the conflict enters its third stage.
24. www.rt.com: Alexander Yakovenko, Russia’s approach to humanitarian problems in Syria.
25. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Gevorg Mirzayan, Who benefits and who loses from revocation of anti-Iranian sanctions. If Moscow plays its cards correctly, it will be able to strengthen its positions not only in Iran but also throughout the entire Middle East.
26. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, RUSSIA AND EUROPE: STRUCTURAL IMBALANCES. Differences between Russia and Europe have been discussed at length. The fact that these differences exist has taken root in political ideology and social stereotypes in the EU and Russia as well.
27. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, All the Russian Words You Need to Discuss the Litvinenko Inquiry.
28. http://readrussia.com: James Pearce, The USSR: What’s to Blog About?
29. Journalitico: Danielle Ryan, Fancy a trip to Russia? Better not. It’s the “11th most dangerous” country in the world.
30. New York Times: 130 Years Ago: ‘War and Peace’ Finally Published in English.
31. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 28 January 2016.
32. Rethinking Russia: Robert Bridge, Putin Becomes Target of Bizarre Personal Attacks as West’s Global Ambitions Falter.
33. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Why do some journalists continue to write obvious lies about Sochi?
34. RFE/RL: Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ Radical Islam No Alternative To Liberal Democracy.
35. American Enterprise Institute: U.S. GRAND STRATEGY: DESTROYING ISIS AND AL QAEDA, REPORT ONE; AL QAEDA AND ISIS: EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO THE U.S. AND EUROPE. (excerpt re Al Qaeda and Putin)
36. Atlantic Council: Stephen Blank, In Ukraine, Putin Tries to Cash in Before Luck Runs Out.

 

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