RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-32 :: Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#32
Tuesday, 14 February 2017

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1. Putin period is best country’s had in 100 years, according to 1 in 3 Russians.
2. Lisa Dickey, I’ve been visiting Russia for nearly 30 years. I’ve never seen Russians prouder than under Putin.
3. New York Times: Anatol Lieven, Why Trump Is Right on Russia.
4. Russian expert warns of dangers of deals with Trump. (Fyodor Lukyanov)
5. Danielle Ryan, An end to bromance: Russia’s in love with Trump, right? Not as much as you think. No more love story: Vladimir Putin’s government has no illusions about Donald Trump, and doesn’t trust him.
6. Deutsche Welle: As Trump re-evaluates NATO, NATO must rethink Russia/ With tensions running high in NATO, it seems the alliance is in sore need of a fresh course on Russia and a new deal on security. A former US ambassador to Moscow and an ex-German envoy to NATO gave their takes to DW. (Jack Matlock and Joachim Bitterlich)
7. United opposition movement intends to back Navalny at forthcoming presidential polls.
8. Russian website views reasons behind opposition’s revival.
9. New book: Kathryn Hendley, Everyday Law in Russia.
10. TASS: Early to speak of Russia’s full economic recovery – expert. (Alexander Shokhin)
11. Bloomberg: Brazil, Russia Get Top Marks in Emerging Market Survey.
12. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, When will Russia finally break its ‘resource curse’? Despite constant talk about plans to boost the nation’s economic growth, experts remain skeptical about any efforts to wean the Russian economy off its dependence on oil.
13. Bloomberg: Putin’s Central Banker Is On a Tear. When Elvira Nabiullina needed backing for a new phase in her crackdown-one that could hit some of Russia’s biggest lenders-she went straight to the top. ‘I agree,’ said the president.
14. New stadiums won’t hide Russia’s poverty wound.
15. Mansur Mirovalev, Death throes of Russia’s iconic countryside. Rapid urbanisation and industrial farming has led to a catastrophic situation in Russia’s poverty-stricken hinterlands.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Vzglyad: Russia wants the return of its American dachas illegally taken by Obama. Will Donald Trump reinstate the rights of Russian diplomats to use their two recreational properties, popularly referred to as dachas? Experts say this issue could serve as a bellwether of his foreign policy.
17. Rethinking Russia: Thomas Graham, Less is Better in US-Russian Relations Today.
18. The National Interest: Carlo Jose Vicente Caro, Trump Could Make an FDR-Style Grand Bargain with Russia. In Syria and elsewhere, America needs Russia’s help.
19. Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes, The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump. Vladimir Putin’s entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election – until they saw exactly what they were dealing with.
20. The National Interest: Aram Bakshian Jr., The Media’s War against Michael Flynn. A concerted campaign appears to be taking place to tar Flynn as a cat’s-paw of Moscow.
21. Alexander Mercouris, First big defeat for Trump as Flynn goes. The scandal that has ousted General Michael Flynn from the post of National Security Adviser is absurd and concocted. Though there were probably other reasons for his going – including his apparently poor performance in the post of National Security Adviser – his resignation is nonetheless a heavy blow for President Trump.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Are Russian and U.S. militaries secretly coordinating operations in Syria? After years of the Obama Administration’s unwillingness to fight terrorist groups in Syria, the new American president shows a greater desire fo r his country to join Russia in the war against Islamist terror organizations.
23. Washington Post editorial: A way to get real news to Russia. A U.S. attempt to counter disinformation takes shape in Current Time.
24. Awful Avalanche: 1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part I.
25. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, JUS IN BELLO IN UKRAINE.
26. James DiEugenio, A Documentary You’ll Likely Never See. Ukraine on Fire, a new documentary about the Ukraine crisis, might change how people in the West perceive the conflict, but it’s unlikely to get much distribution since it contests the prevailing narrative
27. Kyiv Post: Study finds Ukrainians’ faith in NATO waning.
28. The National Interest: Paul Pillar, Ukraine Buffeted from East and West.
29. Washington Post: Jack Losh, Ukraine turns a blind eye to ultrarightist militia.

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