RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-23 :: Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#23
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

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1. C-SPAN: Center For The National Interest (CFTNI) panel discussion on US-Russian relations. (video)
2. ‘Radically new view on Stalin-era USSR’: Unveiling the story behind unique color photo archive.
3. Medium: Matthew Dal Santon, A Grand Bargain: What Russia wants from the West.
4. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, RUSSIA AND THE US: CAN CONTAINMENT BE STABILIZED?
5. Vedomosti: Expert views Russia’s “manoeuvre” between USA, China. (Konstantin Simonov)
6. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Index of fear: What are Russians most afraid of?
7. International conflicts top latest ‘fear rating’ in Russia.
8. Sputnik: Over 40% of Russian Citizens Reckon Russia Among Most Influential States.
9. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Survived Sanctions, And BlackRock Goes Overweight.
10. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russians weather the crisis by sharing beds, rides and jobs. The number of Russians who during the crisis found additional work on the YouDo online exchange grew by almost six times in the 2015-2016 period. BlaBlaCar and AirBnB also told RBTH that there was an increase in demand for its services in Russia in 2016.
11. Russia may not be in a rush to have sanctions lifted.
12. BBC Monitoring: Russian press looks at chances of sanctions relief.
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Sanctions help make Russian fishing boss a billionaire. The ban on foreign food imports into Russia, introduced by the Kremlin in response to U.S. and EU sanctions, has sparked a surge in demand for domestic products.
14. Bear Market Brief: What Worries Russian CEOs.
15. Russia Insider: Paul Goncharoff, Russia Is One of the Surest Bets Economically in 2017. Russian small businesses are thriving and agricultural exports are set to overtake imports.
16. AFP: Rouble’s revival gives Russia an unexpected headache.
17. Reuters: McDonald’s to Open at Least 50 New Restaurants in Russia in 2017.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Is it worth investing in Russian companies? Exporters of Russian hydrocarbons and metals could benefit from the government’s decision to buy up foreign currencies through the Central Bank.
19. Fort Russ: 2017 “Year of the environment” in Russia.
20. TASS: One in two Russians say Muslims can wear hijab at schools – poll.
21. Christianity Today: Kate Shellnutt, What Evangelicals Living Under Putin Think of Trump. Protestants and Orthodox alike are mostly hopeful about America’s new president.
22. TASS: Putin, Trump seek to give fresh start to ailing Russian-U.S. ties – experts.
23. BBC Monitoring: Russian press assesses outcomes of Putin-Trump phone talks.
24. Russian International Affairs Council: President Trump and US Policy Challenges. Flash interview of RIAC members and experts.
25. Moscow Times: Vladimir Frolov, It Started With a Call. Presidents Trump and Putin lay the foundations of a new partnership that could upend the global order.
26. The Hill: Alexander Vershbow, The sanctions on Russia are working, Mr. President: Don’t lift them prematurely.
27. Paul Goble: Solovey on the Shape of the Emerging Putin-Trump ‘Big Deal’ on Ukraine and Much Else.
28. Bloomberg: UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power.
29. Gilbert Doctorow, Trump Quiets Some Russian Doubts. President Trump’s weekend phone call to President Putin seems to have quieted some of Russia’s concerns about the unpredictability of the real-estate-mogul-turned-politician. (with extensive quotations from Russian TV news program)
30. Washington Post: Even as Trump seeks warmer ties with Russia, U.S. deploys troops across Eastern Europe.
31. US Congress orders review of Russian & Chinese leadership’s nuclear strike ‘survivability’
32. Reuters: Putin’s Russia in Biggest Arctic Military Push Since Soviet Fall.
33. The Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Russia, the Catalyst of Change.
34. Sputnik: Russia Vows Response if US Media Attempts to Limit RT’s Broadcasting.
35. Russia Insider: What It’s Like to Be Hated by Those Who Hate Russia. Independent journalist Iben Tranholm, who has written for outlets such as Russia Insider and RT, has been declared an enemy of the state by her own country of Denmark.
36. TASS: Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre to perform in Washington for 15th time.
37. Reuters: Kiev and Kremlin trade blame over surge in east Ukraine fighting.
38. Ukrainian paramilitary supported by army attacked rebels in East – Peskov, citing Kremlin data.
39. Real Clear Defense: James Durst, Ukraine’s Problem is Ukraine.

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