RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-70 :: Thursday, 14 April 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#70
Thursday, 14 April 2016

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1. Direct Line with Vladimir Putin. (partial transcript)
2. Interfax: Putin doesn’t expect Western sanctions to be lifted soon, says Russia to keep countersanctions in place.
3. Putin says consumer prices in Russia will stabilize.
4. Ben Aris, Putin tells Russians on TV call-in show: go on holiday here, vote for my party.
5. Wall Street Journal: Vladimir Putin Talks Foreign Policy, Everyday Problems in Televised Q&A Marathon.
6. Reuters: Putin Says Liberal Ex-Finmin Kudrin to Have Bigger Advisory Role.
7. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, Book review: Putin country (with comments). (re Anne Garrels’ book)
8. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, Putin’s Billions: Mystery Solved – They Don’t Exist. With the Panama Papers being just the latest failed attempt to prove Putin is corrupt and a billionaire, the only sane conclusion is Putin’s billions don’t exist.
9. Center for Citizen Initiatives: Sharon Tennison, Russia’s New “Gulag Museum” – Facing the Past.
11. Wall Street Journal: Russia Says Economy Could Recover Soon Thanks to Rising Oil Prices. Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said rising oil exports could boost GDP.
12. Reuters: Veteran U.S. investor Rogers looks to add more Russia to portfolio.
13. Financial Times: Steve Johnson, Russia’s potential growth rate ‘close to zero.’ Shrinking labour force undermines Moscow’s ability to pull out of recession.
14. Reuters: People’s resilience helps Russia dodge deeper crisis.
15. Sean Guillory, Russia’s in the red. As Russia’s personal debt crisis spirals out of control, collectors are turning to violence to ensure people pay on time. These stories aren’t for the fainthearted.
16. Moscow Times: How Greed and Incompetence Put Russia’s Heritage at Risk.
17. Carnegie Moscow Center/Die Welt: Dmitri Trenin, The West and Russia: For Now, Do No (Further) Harm.
18. Reuters: Josh Cohen, How the next U.S. president should manage Russia.
19. Alexander Yakovenko, Russia calls upon EU to engage with Eurasian Economic Union
20. AFP: Fewer Russian jets on ground in Syria but Moscow still key to fighting.
1. WADA: Uncertainty over meldonium could void sanctions.
22. Russia Insider: Mark Nicholas, Russian Jets Feint a Strafing Run on a US Destroyer. Americans Feint Shock and Horror (Video). We’re inclined to believe the US Navy is nowhere near as shocked as it’s pretending to be.


24. Kyiv Post: Groysman becomes Ukraine’s new prime minister, Parubiy takes over as speaker of parliament.
25. Interfax: Russian State Duma hopeful about Groysman’s appointment as Ukrainian PM.
26. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, New Government.
27. Lev Golinkin, The Toxic Coddling of Petro Poroshenko. Only a sharp rebuke from the West can save Ukraine from itself now. Too bad that won’t happen.
28. Russia Direct: Alexey Timofeychev, What does Yatsenyuk’s resignation mean for Russia? Observers in Russia are busy commenting on Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s unexpected resignation, trying to forecast what it will spell for the complicated relations between the two countries, as well as the unresolved problems in eastern Ukraine.
29. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Bandera et al.
30. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexander Baunov, Dutch Unease: Why the Netherlands Turned Away From Ukraine.
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