RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-47 :: Tuesday, 8 March 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#47
Tuesday, 8 March 2016

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1. Reuters: Russia leads in workplace equality at top.
2. Russia Direct: Russia, the world order and history as seen by Foreign Minister Lavrov. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explains the historic role of Russia in shaping the world order and calls for greater cooperation in solving the world’s most pressing problems.
3. Russia Direct: Ivan Tsvetkov, Lavrov added to Putin’s Munich speech with historical arguments. While Sergey Lavrov’s article outlining Russia’s historical role in shaping the world order is impressive, it still fails to lay out how exactly Russia plans to play a role in providing for its future development, security and stability.
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, PHILOSOPHICAL HODGE-PODGE.
5. Russia Direct: Ivan Korgunyuk, Is Churov’s ouster really the end of a political era in Russia? The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission, Vladimir Churov, will leave his post before the 2016 parliamentary elections. What does it mean for the country’s political future and electoral system?
6. Communist MPs demand parliamentary probe into police break-up of meeting with voters.
7. Mark Galeotti, Russia’s Communist Party is making a comeback – and it’s bad news for Putin.
8. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Russia’s New Election Tactics: Why the Kremlin No Longer Needs Ballot-Stuffing.
9. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, The U.S. Election’s Echoes of 1996 Russia.
10. Vedomosti: Russian daily says police top brass complain about bans on “peaceful” rallies.
11. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, A Soviet salute? Russian schools quick march towards more military training. An effort to revive Soviet-era universal cadet training in schools reveals national nostalgia for a time when military patriotism was a central part of Russian identity.
12. Russia may be running out of oil.
13. Bloomberg: Stephen Bierman, Russia’s Oil Dilemma Explained.
14. Mark Galeotti, The weaponization of prejudice.
15. Russia Insider: Tina Jennings, Washington Hubris on Full Display at London Foreign Policy Speech. An ex-US defence official lectures the UK on how to deal with Russia – on the heels of America’s exceptional success in Ukraine. (Evelyn Farkas)
16. Commentary: Noah Rothman, Stop Treating Russia like a Partner.
17. Interfax: Russians consider meeting between pope, patriarch useful, support their further contacts – poll.
18. National Catholic Reporter: Jonathan Luxmoore, Pope’s Russian outreach stirs anxieties.
19. The Nation: James Carden, The New Cold Warriors Bare Their Fangs Ahead of the Next Round of Syria Peace Talks. They praise anyone thought to be standing up to Russia, no matter how noxious.
20. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, NATO, Alcoholism and Homer Simpson.
21. Washington Post: Egor Lazarev and Anna Biryukova, Are Russia’s 20 million Muslims seething about Putin bombing Syria? Is a revolt imminent? Probably not.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Leaked NATO report praises ‘professionalism’ of Russia’s air force in Syria. Russian mass media have been discussing a classified NATO report that praised the performance of the Russian aerospace contingent in Syria.
23. The National Interest: Paul Saunders, Why Syria Won’t Save U.S.-Russia Relations. A bit of success in the war-torn country does not beget success in other areas.
24. Irina Zvyagelskaya, Russia in a Changing Middle East.
25. Michael Krepon, Let Russia’s Planes Keep Flying Over US, Just Like Ike Wanted. The Pentagon dithered while Moscow upgraded. It’s time to catch up – not scrap the Open Skies Treaty.
26. Wall Street Journal: American Pundit Russians Love to Hate Is in Hot Demand. Ex-pat gets bashed for defending U.S. on Moscow TV shows, but he doesn’t mind; ‘We cherish him.’ Michael Bohm, a former insurance executive from a St. Louis suburb, has become both the unlikely star and the punching bag of Russian political talk shows.
27. The Hill (Washington DC): Agnia Grigas, Growing the next generation of Russia experts.


28. The Guardian: Nicolai Petro, Why Ukraine needs Russia more than ever. With country at risk of becoming a failed state, Kiev must recognise that economic survival depends on Moscow not the west.
29. Mark Adomanis, Ukraine’s Demographic Crisis Is Getting Worse.
30. Financial Times: Ukraine’s US-born finance minister in talks on top post.
31. UNIAN (Kyiv): Full reset: Yatsenyuk set to go, while Jaresko gathers team – media.
32. Kyiv Post: Yatsenyuk says he knows how to end political crisis in Ukraine.
33. Human Rights in Ukraine: Ukraine’s Government backs down on appointment of homophobic Family Ombudsman.
34. Center on Global Interests: Who Should Move First on Minsk?
35. Voice of America: Ukraine: Hard Choices in a Forgotten War.
36. Bryan MacDonald, How EU & NATO exploited Ukraine to serve their own geopolitical goals.


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