RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-37 :: Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#37
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia takes (yet another) look at its ‘unpredictable past.’ A recently opened exhibit introduces the Russia public to a different view of the czars – and shows a strong bias for strong leadership and territorial expansion.
2. (Australia): Russia set to lose population, power and influence, report predicts. (Straftor)
3. Ukraine Under Attack: Russia Should Be Deterred Not Communicated With-Estonian President.
4. The Nation: Reinvent, Is Everything We Thought We Knew About Russia Wrong? Clinging to simplified narratives that mischaracterizes Russia as perpetually unreasonable has made productive US engagement with the country impossible.
5. New York Times editorial: Relying Again on an Unreliable Mr. Putin.
6. Morningstar: Prepare for Russia to Bounce with the Oil Price.
7. In Russia, what oil bust?
8. Transitions Online: Russian Opposition to March in Memory of Slain Nemtsov. Kremlin critics say trail of guilt leads straight to the heart of the Chechen leadership.
9. TASS: Chechnya’s head calls chatter the opposition’s report.
10. Vladimir Putin’s address following adoption of a joint statement by Russia and US on Syria.
11. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Joint Statement of the United States and the Russian Federation, as Co-Chairs of the ISSG, on Cessation of Hostilities in Syria.
12. National Public Radio (NPR): Examining Russia’s Role In The Syrian Conflict. (interview with Vladimir Sotnikov)
13. Moon of Alabama: Syria: Does This “Cessation Of Hostilities” Allow Attacks On Jaish al-Fatah?
14. Syria backs US & Russia-brokered ceasefire ‘if fight against terrorists continues’ – media.
15. Fort Russ/ The End of the Syrian War?
16. International Business Times: Howard Amos, Putin’s Personal Intervention Lends Weight To Syria Ceasefire.
17. Wall Street Journal: Pentagon, CIA Chiefs Don’t Think Russia Will Abide by Syria Cease-Fire. Want White House to ready plans to increase pressure on Moscow.
19. Mark Galeotti, Don’t buy the hype: Russia’s military is much weaker than Putin wants us to think.
20. Russia Direct: US elections, Syrian ceasefire deal and a possible new Maidan in Ukraine. Russian media roundup: The U.S. presidential campaign, the negotiations on Syria, and increased tensions in Ukraine were in the spotlight of Russian media last week.
21. New York Times: Russia Wants Closer Look From Above the U.S.
22. Russia Direct: Andrei Korobkov, The US elections: What a Republican tragicomedy means for Russia. Now that the Republican Party’s moderates have demonstrated their political weakness, it’s time to consider what Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio might mean for the future of U.S.-Russian relations.
23. Russia Direct: Ruslan Kostyuk, Will Moldova become a new flashpoint for Russia and Europe? Political instability in Moldova is showing signs of worsening, and that could result in a battle for control over the troubled former Soviet republic by Russia, the EU and other regional players.
24. Anna Nemtsova, The West Is About to Lose Moldova. Moldovans are rising up against corruption. But that doesn’t mean they’re embracing the West.
25. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, Last Two Decades Explained in Two Quotations.
26. The American Interest: Lilia Shevtsova, HOW THE WEST MISJUDGED RUSSIA. PART 6. The Western Pragmatists Explain Russia.
27. Paul Goble: Obscenities an Inalienable Part of Russian Language and Life, Expert Says.
28. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Keeping Russia’s history safe for the ages: Inside a Moscow archive. The Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents in Moscow is the country’s primary repository of manuscripts and records dating back to the Middle Ages and beyond, but the story of the archive itself is not short on
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: It’s official: Native Americans and Siberians are cousins. After more than a century of speculation, an international group of geneticists has conclusively proven that the Aztecs, Incas, and Iroquois are closely related to the peoples of Altai, the Siberian region that borders China and Mongolia.


30. Kyiv Post: Scant evidence thus far links radical protesters to Kremlin.
31. Mark Adomanis, Taking Stock of Ukraine’s Politics.
32. New York Times: Mobs in Ukraine Attack Russian Banks in Burst of ‘Office Pogroms’
33. UNIAN (Kyiv): Poll: Poroshenko, Tymoshenko would get most of votes if ran for president.
34. Interfax-Ukraine: Seven Ukrainian parties could qualify for parliament if elections held in mid-February – poll.
35. Sputnik: Corruption in Ukraine: West ‘Won’t Serve Kiev Anymore’
36. Wall Street Journal: Kiev’s Calls for Restraint Frustrate Ukraine’s Front-Line Fighters. Government’s desire to hold to terms of Minsk cease-fire and keep economic pressure on Russia leaves soldiers bridling at idleness.
37. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Grivach and Danila Bochkarev, WHAT REALLY STANDS BEHIND UKRAINE’S ‘ENERGY INDEPENDENCE’ FROM RUSSIA.
38. Euromaidan Press: As Crimea was occupied, Western countries cautioned Ukraine against “drastic steps”
39. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Why Russia Stopped at Crimea.
40. NATO used Ukraine conflict to overcome ‘identity crisis’ – Russian envoy.
41. James Pearce, Ukrainian Films to Watch if You’re Tired of the Revolution.
42. UNIAN (Kyiv): Ukraine says almost 7,000 civilians killed in conflict with Russia.
43. Granta: Peter Pomerantsev, Propagandalands. (excerpt)
44. Atlantic Council: Andreas Umland, Russia’s Pernicious Hybrid War Against Ukraine.
45. Ivan Katchanovski: Interview with Telepolis (Germany) Concerning the Maidan Massacre Revelations and Investigation.

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