RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-86 :: Friday, 13 May 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#86
Friday, 13 May 2016

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1. Nezavisimaia Gazeta: Vladimir Putin, RUSSIA AT THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM. (1999)
2. Interview with the French Newspaper Le Figaro. (2000)
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BANDWAGON OF ERRORS. (re Timothy Snyder and Ivan Ilyin)
4. TASS: Pollster: Russians growing more optimistic about future.
5. Moscow Times: Jailed for Protesting Against the Kremlin – Life 4 Years After Bolotnaya.
6. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Splits Force Russia’s Opposition to Rethink.It did not nee d the intervention of the Kremlin for Russia’s liberal opposition alliance to fall apart. A clash of personalities and ambitions looks to have doomed the alliance before the parliamentary election campaign has even got underway.
7. The Duran: Dmitry Babich, Western Attempts at Colour Revolution in Russia Collapse into Farce. Liberal and Western attempts to turn Russians against Putin continuously backfire and end up reinforcing his position.
8. Vedomosti: Russian daily says Justice Ministry seeks more powers to control NGOs.
9. Mark Galeotti, Putinism won’t end with a bang, but a warrant. New charges concerning several leading Russian officials reveal the greatest threat to the Kremlin’s hold on power – elite corruption.
10. Paul Goble: Media Coverage of Governors More about Their Management of the Media than about Anything Else, New Study Says.
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines/RBC Daily: Gasoline consumption in Russia falls for first time in 15 years.
12. TASS: Russian energy minister predicts oil price in 2016 to reach $40-50 per barrel.
13. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Elena Nikolayeva, Catastrophe of the Russian economy: Experts note stagnation at the bottom. Russians experiencing longest fall in incomes for 20 years.
14. OPEC Politics: Russian King, Iranian Crown Prince?
16. New York Times: Revelations of State-Backed Doping Should Bar Russia From Rio Olympics.
17. Wall Street Journal: Russia Dismisses Doping Allegations.
18. Russian Sports Ministry may sue NYT over Sochi Olympics doping allegations.
19. Putin: Russia will consider tackling NATO missile defense threat.
20. Interfax: Federation Council not ruling out deployment of U.S. missile defense shield in Romania may influence New START Treaty’s fate.
21. 5 reasons why US antimissiles in Europe threaten Russia.
2. The Duran: Alexander Mercouris, NATO Wants To End Russia’s Independence – Not Just Prolong its Own Existence. Statements by Western leaders clearly show they are driven by an ideology of Western “exceptionalism” which is why they seek to confront Russia.
23. Asia Times: MK Bhadrakumar, Russia and Iran move cautiously on Aleppo.
24. Russia Beyond the Headlines: What problems has the Syrian operation revealed in the Russian army? Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Russian campaign in Syria has highlighted a number of problems with the armed forces that need to be addressed.
25. The Economist: Russia and Syria. The withdrawal that wasn’t. Syria still provides a useful stage for Russian strategy-and propaganda.
26. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Will Chinese factories pollute the Russian Far East? Experts from WWF’s Amur branch assess the environmental impact of moving certain Chinese industries to Russia’s highly forested peripheral eastern region.
27. Russia Direct: What happened to the ‘golden age’ of Russian Studies in America? On May 12, Russia Direct conducted a roundtable discussion on the state of Russian Studies in the U.S. to find out the impact of these programs on foreign policy decision-making in Washington.
28. TASS: World’s oldest living person aged 120 found in Russia’s Astrakhan region.
29. Soviet movies in English Online:
30. The New York Review of Books: Astonishing Russian Faces. “Russian and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky,” is on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


31. Reuters: Ukraine appoints Poroshenko ally with no legal experience as top prosecutor.
32. Kyiv Post: Top reformers exit as corruption wins day.
33. Interfax-Ukraine: Kyiv says it has reached ‘critical moment’ in renaming of populated areas.
34. Fort Russ: (Video) Verkhovna Rada session cancelled as nationalists attack deputy for speaking in Russian.
35. Human Rights in Ukraine: Ukrainian blogger gets long sentence for expressing contentious views.
36. TASS: Ukrainian website shut down after leaking personal data of journalists.
37. Fort Russ: Neo-Nazi Identified Who Attacked Young Girl in Kiev Because of Her St. George Ribbons.
38. The Nation: James Carden, Ukraine Peace Talks Stall While Divisions Within the Country Deepen. Besides the economic hardship, the country remains at risk of being further divided by Kiev’s illiberal turn.
39. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Peace in Donbass no closer as Kiev and Moscow refuse to give ground. Talks in Berlin between the foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, France and Ukraine have failed to provide a breakthrough on the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with the issue of elections continuing to be a sticking point.
40. Kyiv Post editorial: Get tougher, IMF.
41. Sputnik: Sobering Truth: Ukrainian Economy Addicted to IMF ‘Aid’
42. Der Spiegel: Changing the System: An Outsider Takes on Political Corruption in Ukraine. (the mayor of Lviv)
43. TASS: Russian Foreign Ministry: Theme of Crimea’s territorial affiliation is closed forever.


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