RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: 2014-#57 :: Saturday, 15 March 2014

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1. The Guardian: Mikheil Saakashvili, Let Georgia be a lesson for what will happen to Ukraine My country’s ordeal in 2008 suggests Crimea’s referendum is a trick for Russia to cement its territorial and military grip.
2. The Weekly Standard: Reuben Johnson, Dismembering Ukraine. The Putin invasion.
3. Roman Osharov, Mr Putin’s mercenaries.
4. Washington Post: Masha Gessen, Putin wins in Russia only by escalating his war rhetoric.
5. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Putin’s Crimea Policies Reflect His Fear of Revolutionary Change in Russia, Pavlovsky Says.
6. Lucian Kim, Putin’s Phony War. How Vladimir Putin concocted a conflict to soothe his own paranoid fears.
7. Paul Roderick Gregory, Enough Of Moral Equivalence On Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine Already!
8. ‘Useful, but no breakthrough’: Russia, US stalled after Ukraine crisis talks . (Lavrov)
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Crimea referendum opponents manipulate detached norms of intl law – Churkin.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Fyodor Lukyanov, What the world needs is “19th century behavior.” The crisis in Ukraine has become a manifestation of conceptual and legal chaos in the international arena.
11. 5 very important answers to 5 very important answers.
12. RIA Novosti: Russia to Wait Until After Ukraine Elections for Loan Talks.
13. New York Times: Rumors Mushroom in Eastern Ukraine, Fueling Expectations of War.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Crimea could face energy shortage, price hikes. Russia can supply water and electricity to the peninsula, but not immediately, which could result in problems for local residents.
15. Interfax: Russians fear possible civil war in Ukraine – poll.
16. Eric Posner, Let Crimea Go. Next week’s referendum on joining Russia is underhanded, dishonest, absurd-and completely legitimate.
17. The Vineyard of the Saker: Ukraine SITREP March 14, 10:55 EST (and a look at the Ukrainian military).
18. Interfax: Right Sector militants detained in Kharkiv after opening fire at local residents – TV.
19. Right Sector nationalists behind deadly attack on anti-Maidan activists in Kharkov – Interior Ministry.
20. Ukraine mayor detained for ‘attacking’ Right Sector thugs who raided city council meeting.
21. Concerns as Ukraine’s govt hastily revamps Maidan squads into National Guard.
22. AP: Ukraine’s Right Sector Radical Group, Eyes Power After Ukraine Protest.
23. Interfax: Unbearable work conditions created in Ukraine for Russian TV reporters – Russian Communications Ministry
24. Washington Post editorial: Vladi­mir Putin stamps on his citizens again, this time with Internet censorship.
25. Interfax: Ban on liberal websites partially lifted.
26. Ekho Moskvy: Russian liberal radio station editor in chief re-appointed for another term.
27. Russia Beyond the Headlines: W. George Krasnow, What the West missed about Ukraine. Outside observers fail to understand the role divisions within Ukraine itself have played in the crisis there.
28. New Statesman: Julian Evans, Ukraine: Rebirth of a nation. Bullied and humiliated by Russia, seen as a strategic buffer by the US, Ukraine is riven by corruption and deeply divided. Can it rise and free itself?
29. Pietro Shakarian, United Caucasus: An Incomplete Vision Without Russia.
30. The National Interest: Graham Allison, A “Belgian Solution” for Ukraine?
31. The National Interest: Joshua Rovner, What to Say to Russia.
32. Washington Post: Jack F. Matlock Jr., Who is the bully? The U.S. has treated Russia like a loser since the end of the Cold War.
33. Gorbachev urges mutually acceptable solution in Ukraine crisis, to prevent ‘new Cold War’
34. ITAR-TASS: Civil society should take lead in promoting Russia’s stances to world – view.
35. Washington Post: Angela Stent, What is Putin thinking? The U.S. needs more Russia experts.
36. Ira Straus: Mistakes in some arguments given for Russia’s action.
37. Moscow News: Natalia Antonova, From your friendly editor: a goodbye and some unsolicited advice.
38. Moscow Times: Oleg Babinov, Advice for Investors Concerned About Crimean Crisis.
39. EU sanctions are ‘stupid’ and will ‘sabotage’ the West – Rosneft spokesperson.
40. ITAR-TASS: Crimea should expect Russian tourists in summer.
41. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Andrei Vasilevski, Big-idea literature has reappeared in Russia. Literature in Russia lost its ideology when the Soviet Union collapsed. Is it coming back again? Literary critic Andrei Vasilevski eyes a new trend.

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