RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-46 :: Monday, 6 March 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#46
Monday, 6 March 2017

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1. Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin.
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, A TALE OF TWO CITIES. (re #3)
3. New York Times: By Maria Antonova, This Is the Russia You’re So Afraid Of?
4. TASS: Putin’s unprecedented five years: Russia walks its own path in world politics.
5. Jack Matlock, Contacts with Russian Embassy.
6. Robert Parry, The Politics Behind ‘Russia-gate.’ The hysteria over “Russia-gate” continues to grow – as President Trump’s enemies circle – but at its core there may be no there there while it risks pushing the world toward nuclear annihilation.
7. Alexander Mercouris, Following Donald Trump’s wiretap accusations Clapper and Comey make only qualified denials. Former DNI Clapper and {reportedly) current FBI Director Comey make strictly qualified denials of President Trump’s wiretap claims.
8. Christian Science Monitor: Peter Ford, Will the US and Russia dance or duel? Why Russia is playing a more muscular role in the world and how that may prevent closer ties between Trump and Putin.
9. Doug Bandow, What Russian Threat? Americans Shouldn’t Be Running Scared Of Moscow.
10. Michael Tracy, The Basic Formula For Every Shocking Russia/Trump Revelation.
11. Moon of Alabama: Obama Ordered Abuse Of Intelligence To Sabotage Trump Policies.
12. Vanity Fair: T.A. Frank, THE DIRTY SECRET BEHIND THE JEFF SESSIONS MESS. It may not be as sinister as it seems.
13. Reuters: Russia pushes to rid itself of ‘Potemkin’ banks by 2019.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why activists’ anti-corruption investigations go nowhere in Russia. The Anti-Corruption Foundation headed by convicted opposition politician Alexei Navalny has published an investigation into a “corrupt empire” allegedly owned by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. These revelations, however, will not result either in civil unrest or in arrests, political analysts are convinced.
15. Washington Post: David Filipov, Russia dismisses sweeping corruption allegations against Medvedev.
16. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, As the Quicksand Closes Over WADA’s Head…a Lifeline is Thrown From the Unlikeliest Quarter. (re drug accusations)
17. Economic Principles: David Warsh, Red Scare. (re New Yorker story)
18. The School of Russian and Eurasian Studies: Andrei Nesterov, How the News is Reported in Russia.
19. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Will Russia rejoice if the EU falls apart? Unlikely. The European Union’s persistent instability during the last two years has been exacerbated by the big unknown by the name of Trump. Today, there are five official scenarios for the EU’s future. With the EU reform effort in serious doubt, does Moscow have an opportunity, or challenge?
20. PBS Newshour: U.S. and Russia relations are very strained. Here’s what’s at stake. (with Andrew Weiss and Paul Saunders)
21. Moscow Times: Alastair Gill, The Thaw: Anatomy of a Cultural Awakening. Exhibits at two of Moscow’s leading museums attempt to put the post-Stalin period into context.
22. RFE/RL: Yavlinsky Says 1917 ‘Detour’ Led Russia Into 100-Year ‘Dead End’
23. Le Monde diplomatique: Korine Amacher, Learning lessons from history, but which? Cool about Revolutionary ardour. Putin’s Russia has a history problem. How do you commemorate the 1917 Revolution without celebrating it and encouraging mass movements against the system?
24. Arzamas (Russia): Who are you in 1917 Russia? Take our test, “Political Compass of the Revolution,” to find out who you would have been 100 years ago – an Anarchist, a Cadet, a Right SR, a Bolshevik or a member of the Black Hundreds.
25. Michael Colborne, Seven statistics for Ukraine-watchers.
26. TASS: Donetsk water filtering station cut off electricity after shelling by Ukrainian troops.
27. Fort Russ: Ukraine’s “proof” of Yanukovich treason was a request for Russian intervention! Check and mate.
28. The Unz Report: The Saker, The Donbass Is Breaking Away from an Agonized Ukraine.
29. Kyiv Post editorial: Russia’s War Against Ukraine. Borders harden.

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