RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-36 :: Monday, 22 February 2016

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#36
Monday, 22 February 2016

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1. Evelyn Farkas, HOW WE CAN DEFEAT PUTIN.
2. Yezhednevnyy Zhurnal: Opposition politician urges Putin to go in open letter. (Leonid Gozman)
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, KISSINGER AND CIVILIZATION.
4. Russia Direct: Andrei Tsygankov, 5 reasons why the threat of a global war involving Russia is overstated. Despite the growing potential for military conflict in either Europe or the Middle East, the risk of a great power war has been greatly exaggerated by the media and top political leaders.
5. Gala reception to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day.
6. Moscow Times: Russian Duma Introduces Amendment Defining ‘Political Activity’ to NGO Law.
7. Vedomosti: Russian daily views parliamentary parties’ agreement ahead of election. (Dmitriy Kamyshev)
8. TASS: Russian government considers changing country’s economy model – deputy PM. (Arkady Dvorkovich)
9. The Government’s action plan to ensure stable socioeconomic development in 2016. (Medvedev)
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Medvedev takes action to limit growth of Russia’s gray economy.
11. TASS: Should Russia get rid of its dependence on oil exports?
12. Mark Adomanis, There’s Still No Evidence Of Russia’s Much-Hyped ‘Import Substitution”
13. No binding deal on oil production cap agreed – Russian energy official.
14. Mark Adomanis, Russia and Saudi Arabia’s New “Cap” on Oil
15. Fort Russ: 5 Positive Trends in the Russian Economy at the Beginning of the Year.
16. National Public Radio: For Russian Farmers, Climate Change Is Nyet So Great.
17. Kenneth Rapoza, Russian Government Official Looks Into Crystal Ball On EU Relations. (Alexei Ulyukayev)
18. Paul Goble: Russians Still Get News from TV But Trust It Far Less than They Did, Gudkov Says.
19. Moscow Times: Standing Up for Reason: Russian Academia Fights Pseudoscience.
20. Reuters: Violence rages in Syria as Kerry and Lavrov reach provisional deal on ceasefire.
21. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Kommersant: Churkin: Don’t assign too much importance to Assad’s words.
22. Izvestia: Dmitriy Yevstafyev, There Will Be No Long-Term Ceasefire. On the Prospects of A Truce in Syria.
23. Pentagon discreetly provided Russia with US special forces’ location in Syria.
24. Vedomosti: Military Expenditure Will Be Reduced by 5 Per cent in 2016. Majority of Reductions Will Be in Armament Procurement.
25. Neil Clark, Russian military is rubbish! No hang on, it’s actually pretty good.
26. New York Times: Russia Pulls Back From Cooperating With U.S. on Afghanistan.
27. Russia Direct: Andrei Korobkov, The 2016 US Presidential race holds some surprises for Russia. The early success of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential campaign hints at changes within the U.S. political system that could hold important implications for the future of U.S.-Russian relations.
28. AP: Russia Wants to Fly Over US With Advanced Digital Camera.
29. MP urges intl probe into US cyberattacks on other nations.
30. Russia Insider: John Vogt, Why Doesn’t Vladimir Putin Kill George Soros? According to Western media, he has killed far lesser people for far lesser offenses.
31. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, He Who Speaks Bad Russian, Stays Long.
32. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in an interview with Kommersant daily, published on February 19, 2016.


33. TASS: Saakashvili says his ambition stretch further than Ukraine’s premiership.
34. TASS: Yatsenyuk’s government clings to power to control budget flows – Tymoshenko.
35. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Yatseniuk and Biden.
36. USA Today: 2 years after revolution, corruption plagues war-torn Ukraine.
37. Kyiv Post: Ultra-nationalist group holds public meeting in central Kyiv.
38. Kyiv Post: Far-right group says it aims to ‘open second front’ against government.
39. TASS: “Revolution of Dignity” fails to meet Ukrainians’ expectations.
40. The Unz Review: Linh Dinh, Broken Ukraine.
41. Gordon Hahn, February 20, 2014 ‘Snipers’ Massacre’: Another EuroMaidan Protester Acknowledges Killing Berkut First.
42. Bird in Flight: Maidan Activist Ivan Bubenchyk: It’s True I Shot Them in the Back of the Head.
43. Interfax-Ukraine: Investigators know not only contractors, organizers and perpetrators of Maidan murder but also have evidence – Poroshenko.
44. Kyiv Post: EuroMaidan investigations, already showing no progress, could stop on March 1.
45. US Department of State: Second Anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.
46. US Embassy Kyiv Blog: Making Good on the Promise of the Maidan.
47. New York Times: Truce Unravels as Fighting Picks Up in Ukraine.
48. Kyiv Post: Irina Paliashvili, Ukraine’s politicians use process to excuse lack of results.
49. Mikhail Minakov, Post-Soviet parliamentarian drama: a view from ‘the gods’ in Kiev. The political history of Russia’s neighbours can be described in terms of one long conflict between a presidential authoritarian tendency and democratic parliamentarianism. Parliaments are the key.
50. Graham Phillips, 2 Years On – the 12 ‘Triumphs’ of Euromaidan.
51. RFE/RL: Brian Whitmore, The Daily Vertical: Ukraine Deserves Better. Ukrainians are the first nation in history to shed blood for the idea of Europe.
52. Ukraine wants to criminalize calling Russia ‘Russia’


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