RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2018-214 :: Monday, 10 December 2018

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2018-#214 :: Monday, 10 December 2018
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1. Meduza: The extraordinary life of Lyudmila Alexeyeva — Meduza remembers a Russian human rights icon.
2. TASS: Putin offers condolences over death of human rights activist Alekseeva.
3. Interfax: Lyudmila Alexeyeva symbol of honesty, uncompromising struggle for human rights – Moskalkova.
4. Paul Goble: An Alekseyeva Lesson Russians Haven’t Learned: Far More has to Be Changed than Just the Leader.
6. Pew report finds that Russia, Putin international stature is growing.
7. TASS: World in state of transformation, Russia needs to keep up – Putin.
8. TASS: Leadership not in promising “manna from heaven” but in making crucial decisions – Putin.
9. The President addressed United Russia party congress.
10. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Is Russia a U.S. ‘Adversary’ or Just a ‘Competitor’? Dealing with Russia as a serious competitor-even given its economic size and population endowment-also requires facing up to the challenge of how to compete.
11. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, ARMS RACE. []
12. Awful Avalanche: Russian Jews Never Had It So Good – Part I. []
13. Awful Avalanche: Russian Jews Never Had It So Good – Part II.
14. Russia beats out China in top 3 emerging economies list.
15. Ben Aris, Why would Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman want to sell Alfa Bank?
16. RFE/RL: Russia Rises To Second In Global Arms Sales, With U.S. Still At No. 1.
17. TASS: Russia to start reducing oil production as quickly as possible, says energy chief.
18. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russian-Saudi Oil Cooperation Won’t Last. They say they will cut production. But it’s in the interests of both big oil producers to pump as much as they can.
19. Al-Monitor: Ruslan Mamedov, Putin eyes visit to Baghdad amid growing Russian-Iraqi contacts.
20. Russia Matters: Edward Lemon, Vera Mironova and William Tobey, Jihadists from Ex-Soviet Central Asia: Where Are They? Why Did They Radicalize? What Next? (excerpt)
21. New York Times: David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, A Cold War Arms Treaty Is Unraveling. But the Problem Is Much Bigger.
22. Asia Times: Richard A. Bitzinger, The China agenda behind Trump leaving the INF treaty.
23. Financial Times: Armenia’s prime minister wins sweeping majority in election. Pashinyan set to consolidate strong mandate for revolution that swept him to power.
24. TASS: Ukrainian ships violated rules of passage of Kerch Strait, operating for 20 years – FSB.
25. TASS: Flash mob for the faithful: Ukrainian priests fight SBU persecution of canonical church.
26. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Alec Luhn, Ukraine vs Russia: Inside the the biggest schism in Orthodox Christianity in 350 years.
27. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, Maltreated Prisoners of War and Prisoners of Conscience Rotting in Ukrainian Jails – A List. []
28. The New Cold War: Separatists: A bitter-sweet film about life in the Donbass.
29. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine’s Yulia Tymoshenko Courts Washington After Manafort Revelations. Presidential candidate and former prime minister says efforts to discredit her should dispel concerns about her past.
30. Wall Street Journal editorial: Wrap It Up, Mr. Mueller. Democratic dilemma: Impeach Trump for lying about sex?
31. Vanity Fair: T.A. Frank, IS THIS IT?: A TRUMP-HATER’S GUIDE TO MUELLER SKEPTICISM. Mueller’s comportment suggests a man who’s fallen prey to the same state of mind that warped Ken Starr – namely disgust over the people you’re investigating and a desire to justify the sunk capital. Even if the special counsel presents one hell of a report, Democrats must ask: was it worth it?
32. Comey admits FBI failed to verify Steele Dossier it used to obtain a spy warrant on Trump’s aide. []
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