RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-100 :: Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#100
Wednesday, 1 June 2016

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1. Rethinking Russia: Think Tank Atlas: Russian Studies Abroad. (With introductory remarks by Richard Sakwa, Thomas Graham, and Yan Vaslavskiy)
2. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview to Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper and radio, Moscow, May 31, 2016.
3. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Sergei Karaganov, Russian foreign policy: new stage? – Group of established experts have presented their view of the priorities of Russian foreign policy.
4. Medvedev calls for major effort to improve Russians’ attitude toward businesspeople.
5. US-Russia Business Council: Medvedev: Economic Growth Will Depend On Changing Perceptions Of Business.
6. Russia expects economic growth in a year.
7. Russia Direct: Dmitry Dokuchaev, When will the Russian economy finally emerge from recession? Despite some positive indicators in the Russian economy, it badly needs structural reforms to resume stable economic growth.
8. Russia gives away first free land in Far East.
9. Izvestia: Sergei Markov, Primaries in Russia: A difficult developmental stage. On the need to reduce the gap between deputies and voters.
10. Interview with political analyst Konstantin Kalachev, by Aleksandr Ivakhnik: Konstantin Kalachev: ‘Objectives of Primaries Have Generally Been Achieved. Meanwhile, Problems in Individual Regions Allow Party To Pin Certain Alarm Lights on Map of Russia’
11. Meduza: The strange death of Russia’s ‘Democratic Coalition’
12. Vedomosti: Russian paper says pressure on NGO leaders increasing.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: ‘Putin’s people’: The mysterious agency that guards the president’s life. The head of Russia’s Federal Protection Service (FSO), responsible for protecting the life of the president, has been replaced. RBTH looks into what this change means and what this most mysterious of all Russian special services does today.
14. ‘Exemplary intl relations:’ Russia-China ties at their peak despite Western sanctions.
15. Sputnik: Diplomatic Tightrope: Will Russia Solve Yet Another Syrian Problem.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Bryan MacDonald, Political division over Ukraine sets scene for thaw in Russia-EU relations. The release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko by Moscow and hints in Germany of a relaxation on sanctions, as well as positive overtures toward Russia by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, have raised real hopes that Russia and the EU may be ready to start rebuilding their relationship.
17. New York Times: Ian Bateson, Ukraine Declares War on Journalism.
18. The Times of Israel: Ukraine honors nationalist whose troops killed 50,000 Jews.
19. Russia Insider: ladislav Sotirovic, Who Are the Ukrainians? Does Ukraine still put your head in a spin? A Serbo-Lithuanian academic gives a clear breakdown of exactly what ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Ukrainians’ are.
20. Paul Goble: Russia Remains a Byzantine State and that May Doom It, ‘Gazeta’ Editors Say.
21. Vineyard of the Saker: Eugenia V Gurevich, Dmitri Orlov, and The Saker (A. Raevsky), A Russian Warning.

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