RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#198 :: Monday 12 October 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#198
Monday – 12 October 2015

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1. Putin: Russia has no intention of mounting Syria ground operation, wants to see political compromise.
2. Interview to Vladimir Solovyov. (DJ: #1 task for Russia watchers is to read this.)
3. The National Interest: Andrey Sushentsov, Lowdown: Making Sense of Russia’s Syria Strategy. A view from Moscow on Russia’s strategy behind its Syrian move.
4. A Syria Without Assad? Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and whether it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end.
5. Prospect (UK): Rachel Polonsky, Putin’s plan for Syria. Only Russia has a clear goal-we should join it or stay out.
6. Alastair Crooke, Russia’s Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda.
7. The National Interest: Mikhail Barabanov, Why Russia Needs an Exit Strategy in Syria. A Russia defense expert analyzes the Syria conflict.
8. Gordon Hahn, Putin’s Syria Intervention and Shi’a-Sunni Dilemma.
9. New York Times: Shiites in Iraq Hailing Putin for Syria Push.
10. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, Russia’s Security Council: The Committee That Runs Russia. Russia’s Security Council is the key institutional body in Russia’s government, coordinating and deciding policy.
11. Moscow Times: Russia Sees First Capital Inflow in 5 Years.
12. Moscow Times: Chris Weafer, Where Is the Ruble Going Next?
13. TASS: Russian government approves challenging budget for 2016.
14. Sputnik: Money-Losing Business: West Loses Faith in ‘Project Ukraine’
15. Kyiv Post: Oligarchy needs to be dismantled to rebuild economy, public trust in business, experts say.
16. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, End Game in Ukraine – Russia Wins. We told you this would happen. Normandy Four Talks seal Russia’s victory.
17. Halyna Mokrushyna, On Ukraine’s ‘Incorrect’ Past.
18. 5 Kanal TV (Kyiv): Ukraine needs unity to stop Russian aggression, president tells nation.
19. Russian evidence on MH17 crash ignored – Peskov.
20. Moscow Times: Lukashenko Victory Set to Stoke EU Rapprochement, Moscow Unease.
21. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, The Artistic Triumph of Svetlana Alexievich.
22. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Why Svetlana Alexievich Won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
23. Eric Margolis, FAR FAR OFF KAZAKHSTAN.
24. Reuters: Kremlin turns opinion over Syria with U.S.-style ‘shock and awe’ media blitz.
25. Business New Europe: Mark Galeotti, The limits of the Russian ‘patriotic mobilization’
26. Wall Street Journal: Analyzing Putin’s Game. A transcript of the weekend’s program on FOX News Channel. (excerpt with Garry Kasparov)
27. In ’60 Minutes’ Interview, Obama Muddles Facts on Ukraine.
28. 60 Minutes: Steve Kroft questions President Obama. (excerpt re Russia)
29. Washington Post: Jackson Diehl, Putin’s model of success. Chechnya foreshadows his Syria policy.
30. Stephen Sestanovich: Has Russia Gone Rogue?
31. Patrick Smith, “Putin is the only major leader to utter a few simple truths about the role of the United States in the world today.” Perry Anderson on foreign policy: America’s problem is it’s a global hegemon without global ideology legitimacy.
32. Gabriel Gorodetsky, How Churchill attempted to crack the ‘riddle’ of Russia. (Ivan Maisky)

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