RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-61 :: Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#61
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

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1. The Guardian (UK): Mary Dejevsky, The first woman in space: ‘People shouldn’t waste money on wars.’ In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space. On her 80th birthday, she looks back at a lifetime of immense political change.
2. Meeting with Valentina Tereshkova.
3. Economic Problems, Corruption Fail to Dent Putin’s Image.
4. RFE/RL: Survey: Two-Thirds Of Russians Hold Putin Responsible For Corruption.
5. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Putin Could Use ‘Anticorruption’ Protests to His Advantage. The protests come at a time when the different political clans within the Kremlin have begun to accelerate their jockeying for position.
6. Meduza: Federation Council chairwoman on mass protests: authorities should not pretend that nothing is happening.
7. Meduza: Russia’s human rights commissioner asked to check legitimacy of March 26 protests arrests.
8. Paul Globe: Is Navalny a ‘Young and Sober’ Yeltsin or ‘the Putin of Tomorrow’
9. Interfax: Patriarch Kirill blames 1917 revolution on intelligentsia.
10. Interfax: Russian society must denounce Stalin once and for all – Federation of Jewish Communities.
11. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Why is someone trying to shutter one of Russia’s top private universities? What appears to be on full display is a hallmark of the Putin era: a new brand of domestic ‘lawfare,’ in which state-run courts enforce political conformity through legal pretexts. (with comments)
12. Interfax: Election of Russian Academy of Sciences president set tentatively for Sept 27 – acting RAS President Kozlov.
13. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, Russia’s ‘State-Controlled’ Media Facilitates Vibrant Debate – Just Not in English.
14. Vedomosti: Regime loses monopoly on forming Russia’s news agenda – expert. (Fyodor Krasheninnikov)
15. Andrey Movchan, How the Sanctions Are Helping Putin. The American debate over whether to lift sanctions on Russia misses a key point: They aren’t working.
16. Here’s how Trump’s presidency is impacting Russian markets.
17. TASS: Expert notes Arctic looking forward to high oil prices, developing technology.
18. Sputnik: US to Work With Russia to Regulate Arctic Shipping – Ambassador to Russia.
19. Russia Beyond the Headlines/ Does Russia support the Taliban? The Foreign Ministry says its contact with the Taliban is only about the safety of Russian citizens and the peace process in Afghanistan.
20. Putin praises “good neighbour” Iran as Rouhani visits Kremlin.
21. Alexander Mercouris, Vladimir Putin welcomes Iran to the Grand Kremlin Palace. President Rouhani’s visit to Iran confirms Tehran is acquiring a security guarantee from Moscow and Beijing as it integrates itself into ‘Greater Eurasia’
22. The National Interest: Nicolai N. Petro and Josh Cohen, We Can’t Afford to Lose U.S.-Russian Nuclear Cooperation. Rather than engaging in nuclear saber-rattling, the Trump administration should widen and deepen its cooperation with Moscow.
23. TASS: Russian diplomat says new Cold War possible.
24. Washington Post: Trump adds Russia scholar as a National Security Council director. (Fiona Hill)
25. Russian International Affairs Council: Andrey Kortunov and Sarah Lain, Defining Dialogue: How to Manage Russia-UK Security Relations.
26. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Present Civilizational Limits of NATO Expansion.
28. The next must-watch TV show is Russia’s version of ‘The Americans’
29. The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate. Amid the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, are we missing a darker story, how the Deep State’s surveillance powers control the nation’s leaders, ask U.S. intelligence veterans Ray McGovern and Bill Binney.
30. National Review: Victor Davis Hanson, The Russian Farce. Remember when Obama and Hillary cozied up to Putin? And recall when the media rejoiced at surveillance leaks about Team Trump?
31. Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA): Ukrainian war hero and lawmaker slurs Jews. (Nadiya Savchenko)
32. Katherine Jacobsen, New Fears in Ukraine’s Coal Country. A factory and its workers face economic hardship from conflict and blockades.
33. Book Forum: Sean Guillory, Fear and Loathing. Three new books embody our tendency to misinterpret Russia.

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