RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-201 :: Tuesday, 24 October 2017

St. Basil's Domes

To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at

[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter]

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#201
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
The contents do not necessarily represent the views of IERES or The George Washington University.
JRL homepage: – JRL on Facebook: – JRL on Twitter: @JohnsonRussiaLi
Support for JRL is provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to the George Washington University and by voluntary contributions from readers.

Support JRL: Online: direct link

1. Fyodor Lukyanov at SAIS in Washington October 25.
2. Bloomberg: Russian News Agency Interfax Faces ‘Unprecedented’ Hacker Attack.
3. Inflation in Russia at historic low with less dependence on energy – Putin.
4. Russia Calling! Investment Forum.
5. Reuters: Red October: Russia of 1917 and 2017 Closer Than Might Be Expected.
6. Putin critic Khodorkovsky speaks out against boycott of presidential polls.
7. ‘Crimea is Ukrainian territory’ – It girl-turned-presidential candidate Sobchak outlines her program.
8. Intersection: Dmitry Dubrovsky, Here is How Russian Courts Define Extremism. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This everyday expression is applicable to how experts in the humanities and social sciences determine whether a text is harmful or extreme.
9. TASS: Moscow court arrests radio host’s attacker for two months.
10. TASS: Director of controversial film invites MP critical of movie to first screening.
11. AP: Film about Russian czar’s affair premieres despite hostility.
12. High growth forecast for Russian economy of 4-6%.
13. Bloomberg: Russia’s Poorest Never Felt So Equal When It Comes to Inflation.
14. Russia Beyond: What keeps expats in Russia?
15. Youth 2030: The Image of the Future panel session.
16. The National Interest: Angela Stent, At Valdai Putin Treats Trump Respectfully. Putin says that Trump should be treated with respect as the legitimately elected leader of the United States and that Congress and the courts have obstructed his ability to implement his legislative agenda.
17. I’m ‘sick and tired’ of how US views Russia, says CEO of Russia’s second-largest bank. (Andrey Kostin)
18. Washington Post: Katrina vanden Heuvel, The escalating nuclear threat finally has the public’s attention. Now what?
19. TASS: Vedomosti: Russia could reduce its military presence in Syria.
20. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Baghdad returning to cooperation with Russia.
21. James Carden, Getting the Left to Embrace US ‘Exceptionalism.’ Neocons have deftly used the Left’s hatred of President Trump and the demonizing of Russia to lure liberals and progressives into an interventionist mindset to defend “American exceptionalism”
22. Howard Kurtz, Media admit that the Hill’s Russia probes seem to be going nowhere.
24. Moon of Alabama: Phoenix 2.0 – CIA’s Vietnam Terror Unleashed Upon Afghanistan.
25. Wall Street Journal: Latvia Grapples With Legacy of Turbulent Century, Country’s next government will have to address both legacies of communist past: ethnic divide, economic challenges.
26. Russia Insider: Tatjana Zdanoka, The Russian “Non-Citizens” of Baltic States: Α European Scandal Nobody Talks About.
27. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, How Ukraine’s Elites Are Holding the Line. The vested interests that have run Ukraine throughout its independence are winning as Russia and the West continue their tug-of-war.

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia


Eurasia Map