RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-178 :: Friday, 28 September 2018

St. Basil's Domes

To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at

[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter]

[From David Johnson on Sept. 28:] DJ: IMPORTANT: Going on vacation after today. Next JRL will probably not be until October 15. You can read selected past content from JRL at]

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#178
Friday, 28 September 2018

A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of IERES or The George Washington University.
JRL homepage: – JRL on Facebook: – JRL on Twitter: @JohnsonRussiaLi
Support for JRL is provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to the George Washington University and by voluntary contributions from readers.

Support JRL: Online: direct link

1. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, Russian Autumn Fun. The Word’s Worth.
2. TASS: Russia may build first manned base on Moon’s surface in 2030 – scientist.
3. Financial Times: Mary Dejevsky, Voronezh and the re-branding of post-Soviet Russia. The writer returns to the university she studied at in the 1970s to find a city transformed.
4. Director of Carnegie Moscow Dmitri Trenin gives an interview to Novaya Gazeta on the status of U.S.-Russia relations. []
5. Russia’s pension reform still seen as unjust, but less willing to protest.
6. Russian poll suggests fewer willing to protest about pension reforms.
7. Bear Market Brief: Pension formulas may be up for debate.
8. Bear Market Blog: Special Edition: Regional Elections Rundown.
9. Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Putin’s Managed Democracy Falters.
10. Komsomolskaya Pravda: Russian tabloid interviews unnamed deputy on officials’ lavish lifestyle.
11. Vedomosti: Russian civil society said facing increasing risk of violence.
12. Moscow Times: Evan Gershkovich, Russia Has a Vaccination Problem.
13. TASS: Russia emerges as frontrunner in global fight against tuberculosis.
14. Ben Aris, Russian stocks in a time of uncertainty.
15. Vedomosti: Report suggests economic reform unlikely in Russia.
16. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: EAEU looking to wean itself off US dollar.
17. Bloomberg: Russia Sanctions Unlikely to Pass Congress Before November.
18. Sputnik: US Treasury Admits Russian Economy Too Large for Iran-Style Sanction.
19. Valdai Discusion Club: Timofei Bordachev, RUSSIA IN CENTRAL EURASIA: IS THERE A CHOICE?
21. Russian International Affairs Council: Anton Tsvetov, Russia and Multilateral Diplomacy in East Asia.
22. Wall Street Journal: U.S., Russia Clash at U.N. as Lavrov Calls for Easing of North Korea Sanctions.
24. TASS: Izvestia: Russia pursuing WMD-free zone in Middle East.
25. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir and Joshua Mitnick, With new missile defense for Syria, Russia shifts its relationship with Israel. Despite working closely with Israel’s traditional enemies, Syria and Iran, during Syria’s civil war, Russia has managed to maintain a good relationship with Israel. But it could be about to sour.
26. Awful Avalanche: Russia – Israel Relations In The Aftermath – Part I.
27. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, PEDDLING CERTAINTY. (re Bellingcat)
28. Moon of Alabama: British Intelligence Throws More Novi-Fog To Hide The Holes In Its Skripal File.
29. poisoning: No info in records about decorated colonel Chepiga, says Kremlin.
30. AP: Kremlin urges Britain to share its poisoning case suspicions.
31. The Times (UK) editorial: Russian Anti-Hero. The latest turn in the Skripal case shows the Kremlin at its most cynical.
32. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 27 SEPTEMBER 2018.
33. Russophobia Digest Part 11: NYT’s ‘alleged’ journalism and embassies accused of diplomacy.
34. The Unz Review: The Saker, The Abomination of Desolation Standing in the Holy Place. (excerpt)
35. Ukrainian radicals storm church, several injured – report.
36. TASS: EU human rights defenders alarmed at Ukraine’s surge in religious discrimination.

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

Map of CIS Central Asia and Environs

Eurasia Map