RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-183 :: Tuesday, 4 October 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#183
Tuesday, 4 October 2016

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1. Joshua Keating, Obama May Have Just Given up on Russia for Good. Monday could end up being remembered as the moment when the years-long deteriorating relationship between the United Sates and Russia went from terrible to unsalvageable.
2. TASS: Kremlin sees growing potential of US unfriendly steps towards Russia.
3. Time: Massimo Calabresi, How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election. What’s behind Russia’s effort to influence the U.S. election.
4. John Stanton, The Great CYBER Scare: How the Atlantic Council and NYT Hustle for the Latest Panic.
5. Russia Direct: Andrei Tsygankov, How cyber power fits into Russia’s current foreign policy. The Kremlin continues to look for new ways to challenge U.S. hegemony, expose the limitations of the West and win respect for Russian values and interests.
6. Russia Direct: MH17, Syria and the US presidential elections. Russian media roundup: The current state of Russia’s Syrian military campaign, the release of a controversial new report on MH17 and the first U.S. presidential debate all made headlines.
7. Less than half Russians believe recent Duma election fair.
8. Bear Market Blog: Aaron Schwartzbaum, How Stable is Russia? Part 1.
9. Bear Market Blog: Aaron Schwartzbaum, How Stable is Russia? Part 2.
10. TASS: Psychologists discover serving in Russian army is a great way to beat gadget addiction.
11. Moscow Times: Ilan Berman, Mother Russia Is Still Struggling With Demography.
12. TASS: Kudrin: Russia needs to settle political discord with West to reach high growth rates.
13. Interfax: Recession ending, growth under way for Russian economy – Kudrin.
14. Moscow Times: Russia to Increase Military Spending While Slashing Welfare Budget.
15. Russia’s oil & gas age coming to end, warns Sberbank CEO. (Gref)
16. Interfax: Russian economy’s mono-product era could end in 2028-2030 – Gref.
17. Sputnik: Russian Economy Grows in September, Set to Decline Overall in 2016.
18. Bloomberg: Russia Hones Bank Oversight in Biggest Shakeup Since Crisis.
19. Transitions Online: Chechens Plead Not Guilty to Nemtsov Murder. Suspect and alleged accomplices deny being contracted to kill the Russian opposition politician, who was slain in Moscow.
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia suspends plutonium disposal cooperation with U.S. The Russian president has signed a decree suspending Russian-U.S. agreements on the use and management of plutonium. A Russian expert suggests that while this is merely a political step, a halt to nuclear cooperation between Russia and the U.S. is a dangerous development. (Alexei Arbatov)
21. BBC Monitoring: Russian press sees plutonium ultimatum as symbolic gesture.
22. Interfax: U.S. offered Russia consultations on plutonium disposition methods, Russia’s rejection causes regret – Gottemoeller.
23. Sputnik: Washington Taking ‘Devil-May-Care Attitude’ to Plutonium Deal With Russia.
24. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Syria turning into proxy war with Russia in eyes of Americans – U.S. expert. International experts have expressed pessimism about the prospects for improving Russia-U.S. relations, urging leaders in Moscow and Washington to remain cautious while dealing with each other in Syria. (Robert Legvold)
25. The Nation: James Carden, The Obama Administration’s Suspension of Syria Talks With Russia Is the Most Dangerous Development in a New Cold War. The collapse of talks takes the United States one step closer to an unnecessarily deadly “military solution” to the Syria crisis.
26. Interfax: Washington’s latest statements may cause Russia to increase support for Syrian president – Russian expert.
27. The National Interest: Dave Majumdar, Why the United States Should Exercise Restraint Before Launching A New War in Syria. The Russians might not be willing to back down in a confrontation with American forces.
28. US treading water in Syria mired by Pentagon & White House rivalry. (Gareth Porter)
29. Vedomosti: Vladimir Frolov, Easier to go in than to come out. Results of Russia’s military presence in Syria.
30. Moon of Alabama: Special Interests Create The “Good”, The “Bad” And The “Compelling” Story – The Media Tell It.
31. Robert Parry, Do We Really Want Nuclear War with Russia? The U.S. propaganda war against Russia is spinning out of control, rolling ever faster downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a nuclear showdown.
32. Valdai Discussion Club: Evgeny Buzhinsky, MH17 TRAGEDY: CUI BONO?
33. Le Monde diplomatique: Jens Malling, Sloviansk, eastern Ukraine. After the fighting.
34. Georgi Derlugian, On 25 years of postmodernity in the South Caucasus. A quarter century since the collapse of Soviet rule in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, where is the region now and what can come next?

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