RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-35 :: Friday, 17 February 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#35
Friday, 17 February 2017

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1. Institute of Critical Infrastructure Technology: James Scott, It’s the Russians! … or Is it? Cold War Rhetoric in the Digital Age.
2. TASS: Arctic ice declines to record low volumes in almost 40 years.
3. TASS: Putin says Russian economy demonstrating positive dynamics.
4. Putin plays down wave of governor resignations as ‘natural process’
5. Meeting of Federal Security Service Board.
6. Russia Matters: Survey: US Vital Interests Vis-à-Vis Russia. (with Thomas Graham, Stephen Kinzer, Jack Matlock, Matthew Rojansky, and Paul Saunders)
7. Kenneth Rapoza, Are Americans Really That Afraid Of Russia?
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: How NATO’s new agreements may threaten Russia. Russian experts say that Moscow should not exacerbate relations with the West’s military defense alliance by overeating to perceived threats.
9. The American Interest: ANTON BARBASHIN and VLADISLAV INOZEMTSEV, Understanding Putin’s Men. The false dichotomy of “liberals vs. étatists” obscures the real divisions in Russian society.
10. The Economist: The joys of Russian democracy. Barred from the ballot, Putin’s rival is running anyway. Aleksei Navalny has no chance. But he can still make a point.
11. Kenneth Rapoza, This Russian Company’s CEO Says Sanctions Were A Huge Benefit.
12. Bloomberg: Russia’s Largest Oilfield May Be About to Gush Cash Once Again.
13. Sputnik: Russia to Pay Off All Remaining Soviet Debt by the End of 2017.
14. The Unz Review: Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson, Western Interests Aim to Flummox Russia.
16. Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov and Sam Nunn, Ensuring Euro-Atlantic Security.
17. Russia Insider: Paul Kaiser, The Fundamental Difference Between the US and Russia. Russia is a reactionary regional power, while the United States projects and imposes its will on the entire world.
18. Alexander Mercouris, US military assures Russia: ‘no US boots on the ground’ in Syria. General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, reportedly uses Baku meeting to reassure General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the Russian military’s General Staff, that the Pentagon has no plans to send ground troops to Syria.
19. Bloomberg: Gregory White and Henry Meyer, A Le Pen Win Would Be Dangerous for Putin and Russia’s Economy.
20. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, German elections won’t be game-changer for US or Russia. Germany’s new president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is a well-known critic of U.S. President Donald Trump. But that doesn’t mean that Berlin will opt to turn its back on America in favor of Russia.
21. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Will Belarus leave Russia to join Europe? The “time of free lunches” for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is over, and Russian experts say that the usual format of relations between Moscow and Minsk is in a deadlock. Which way will the two countries go now?
22. Bryan MacDonald, RT: A gazillionaire in a world of media paupers?
23. Moscow Times: Balazs Jarabik, Grand Settlements Aren’t Working in Ukraine . It’s Time to Think Small.
24. Der Spiegel (Germany): Battling for Hearts and Minds. Kiev Fights for Loyalty in Eastern Ukraine. The Minsk agreement, designed to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, turned two this week. But it hasn’t stopped the violence — in part because Kiev has done little to promote reconciliation. If that doesn’t change, unifying the country will prove impossible.
25. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, NATO Popularity Falls in Ukraine.
26. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Maidan shootings.
27. Kyiv Post editorial: Investigate Trump.
28. New York Times editorial: Bring On the Special Prosecutor.
29. David Price, Rogue Elephant Rising: The CIA as Kingslayer.

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