RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-3 :: Wednesday, 4 January 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#3
Wednesday, 4 January 2017

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1. US administration ‘100% certain’ about Russian hacking.
2. The Hill: House Intel chair: ‘No proof’ Russia aided Trump.
3. Senate push for new Russia hacking probe fizzles.
4. The Nation: James Carden, Is Skepticism Treason? Despite the scores of media pieces which assert that Russia’s interference in the election is “case closed,” some cyber experts say skepticism is still in order.
5. TASS: How Putin ran Russia in 2016.
6. TASS: Man of 2016: Putin’s achievements on world scene amid pressure on Russia.
7. Wall Street Journal: Stephen Sestanovich, Why Exposing Putin’s Wealth Would Be Obama’s Best Revenge.
8. Wall Street Journal: Holma Jenkins, The CIA Keeps Putin’s Secrets. Western governments stayed silent on the U.K. polonium murder of a Putin critic.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ By air, land and sea: Putin’s modes of transport. A fleet of limousines, planes and watercraft are kept at the ready for the needs of the Russian president and his entourage.
10. RIA Novosti: Putin orders check on prison conditions.
11. RFE/RL: Russian Ruble Ended 2016 As Second Best Emerging Market Performer.
12. RFE/RL: ‘Where Is This Country Going?’ Debt Crisis Tugs At Russian Federation’s Seams.
13. Moscow Times: Rosneft Privatization Deal Closed As Italian Financing Comes Through.
14. The Guardian (UK): IAAF guidelines open way for clean Russian athletes to compete again.
15. Moscow Times: Russian Foreign Ministry Appeals for NATO Reset.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why Russia will partially withdraw from Syria in 2017.Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Dec. 29 that a ceasefire had been secured in Syria, and that Russia would reduce its military presence in the region. Military analysts warn, however, that the militants may abuse Moscow’s efforts to end the conflict, which could result in a repeat of the November events in Palmyra.
17. Russia Looks for an Exit in Syria.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, RUSSIA IN ASIA AND EURASIA: SUCCESSES AND NEW CHALLENGES.
19. Cory Bennett and Eric Geller, Shaky accusations hamper cyber case against Russia. The Obama administration’s efforts to press its election-hacking accusations against Russia could be undermined by a flurry of unfounded cyber charges against Moscow.
20. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Did Putin Really Launch a ‘Cyber-Pearl Harbor’ Against America? Hysteria over Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election may make this US-Russian crisis more dangerous than the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
21. Assange: Our source is not the Russian government.
22. Spiked: Tim Black, RUSSIA-BASHING: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS BLAME GAME. The conspiracy theory of seeing Putin’s hand in everything.
23. The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, WashPost Is Richly Rewarded for False News About Russia Threat While Public Is Deceived. (excerpt)
24. Rethinking Russia: USSR: the Unnecessary Collapse. (Valery Fedorov interview)
25. New York Times book review: Steven Lee Myers, Shorthand for Suffering: Siberia Under the Czars. (THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer)
26. Sputnik: Busted! Ukrainian Official Exposes Father Frost as Russian Spy.
27. Russia Direct: In 2017, stopping hostilities in Ukraine is now a matter of political will. Interview: Alexander Hug of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine discusses the current situation in the war-torn nation, focusing on the need to avert a large-scale humanitarian disaster in the war zone.
28. Israel National News: Watch: Ukrainian marchers in Kiev chant ‘Jews out.’ Ukrainian nationalists chant “Jews out” at march celebrating the birthday of a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed thousands of Jews.
29. TASS: About 2.5 million Ukrainians staying in Russia – Interior Ministry.
30. Atlantic Council: Alexander Motyl, Is Russia Planning a Major Land War against Ukraine?
31. The International Institute for Strategic Studies – Americas: Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia. January 12 event in Washington.

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