RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-121 :: Thursday, 30 June 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#121
Thursday, 30 June 2016

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1. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, WORLD (DIS)ORDER: AN ADVANTAGE FOR RUSSIA?
2. The National Interest: Nikolay Pakhomov, Russia Is Far From Isolated. Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. A recent economic summit shows the world still wants in.
3. Putin: Rivalry for world’s resources increasing, some try to disregard all rules.
4. Ben Aris, Russia’s agricultural revival continues apace.
5. Meeting with Government members.
6. Sputnik: Over 80% of Russians Approve of Putin’s Work as President – Poll.
7. Rethinking Russia: Boris Mezhuev, The Volodin Effect: Primaries Against Glass Bead Game.
8. Moscow Times: Governor Belykh’s Arrest Has Russian Elite on Edge.
9. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, The Crime and Punishment of a Russian Liberal.
10. Awful Avalanche: L’infâme Nikita – Part II.
11. BBC Monitoring: Russians feel negative impact of economic crisis – polls.
12. US-Russia Business Council: Russia Rates Highly In Human Capital Rankings, But Low Healthy Life Expectancy Takes a Toll.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Kommersant: Vodka production in Russia grows by one third. Legal distilling increases as illegal operations are closed.
14. Interfax: Russian markets rode out Brexit volatility fairly smoothly – Nabiullina.
15. Oil market sees best quarterly results since 2009.
16. Sputnik: Oil Prices Unlikely to Rebound to High Levels Soon – Russian Central Bank.
17. Jude Clemente, Russia’s Oil Production Won’t Falter.
18. Transitions Online: Matthew Finked, The Juggernaut Stumbles. The grim fate of Russia’s energy economy.
19. Voice of America: Russia Seeks to Reassure Over Brexit Volatility.
20. Sputnik: Keep Calm and Carry On: Why Kremlin Staying Cool Amid Brexit Fuss.
21. Russia Direct: Ruslan Kostyuk, How the Russian political elite view Brexit. Officially, Russia was neutral on the question of Brexit. However, it’s easy to see how many members of the Russian political elite could be celebrating Britain’s unprecedented move.
22. Cyrus Sanati, Brexit Could Open the Door to Russia Joining the EU. And that’s a good thing for everyone.
23. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Blaming Brexit on Putin and Voters (the People). Unwilling to confront its own responsibility, the US political-media elite is again demonizing Putin and denigrating democracy to explain the UK vote to leave the EU.
24. Wall Street loses out as Russian deal-making doubles.
25. Sputnik: Russian Senator Warns Against ‘Boycotting’ West Amid Anti-Russia Sanctions. (Valentina Matvienko)
26. Alexander Mercouris, Europe’s Sanctions against Russia coming to an End. Speeches and discussions by European politicians and businesspeople at SPIEF 2016 suggests an early end to sanctions.
27. TASS: Putin hopes for big Eurasian partnership formation.
28. Alexander Mercouris, Putin’s Grand Strategy: The Greater Eurasia Project. Putin uses SPIEF 2016 to outline a gigantic project to unite the whole Eurasian continent and pleads with the Europeans to take part.
29. Sputnik: How Russia’s ‘China Dreams’ Turn Into Actual Projects.
30. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Kommersant: Sergei Strokan, Erdogan’s apology to Moscow: Is it sincere? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s apology to Russia for the shooting down of a Russian jet in November 2015 may not be quite as honest as it first appears.
31. Reuters: Russia will countenance an Assad exit in Syria, but not yet.
32. Sputnik: ‘No Way Forward’ on Political Front in Syria Without Russia – CIA Director.
33. Washington Post: Josh Rogin, Obama proposes new military partnership with Russia in Syria.
34. Center on Global Interests: Alexander Golts and Michael Kofman, Russia’s Military: Assessment, Strategy, and Threat.
36. Jan Oberg, Why is NATO So Irrational Today?
37. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, For pro-EU Ukraine, a chill wind blows with Brexit. The crisis over Britain’s vote to leave the EU may worsens the prospects for joining a Europe already experiencing ‘Ukraine fatigue.’
38. Russia Direct: Can Ukraine’s economic problems bring Russia and the EU together? RD Interview: Ruslan Grinberg, director of the Institute for Economics at the Russian Academy of Sciences, discusses the possibility that a financial crisis in Ukraine could become a source of cooperation for Russia and the West.
39. Russia Insider: Alexei Pankin, Donbass Heroism and Suffering Commemorated With Legendary Rock Song (Video)


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