RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2019-#11 :: Thursday, 17 January 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#11 :: Thursday, 17 January 2019
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1. Vedomosti: Poll reveals ‘critical perception’ of Russia’s place in the world.
2. Interfax: Almost half of Russians ashamed of USSR’s collapse – poll.
3. Russia Insider: 15,000 Young Charity NGO Volunteers Go Wild at Putin Speech Praising Them (video) [russia-insider.com/en/15000-young-charity-ngo-volunteers-go-wild-putin-speech-praising-them/ri25900]
4. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian daily views actions of ‘extreme’ Putin fans.
5. Intellinews.com: Ben Aris, The revival of Russia’s cinema industry.
6. www.rt.com: Russia’s trade surplus poised to smash pre-sanction record – reports.
7. Reuters: Steven Halliwell, Commentary: Putin can’t afford to ditch the dollar.
8. Meduza: State Duma refuses to resume cooperation with PACE, increasing chances that Russia could leave the Council of Europe.
9. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, To Be Effective, Russia Sanctions Have to Be Removable. The U.S. must decide whether its economic restrictions against Oleg Deripaska are a permanent punishment or an incentive for change.
10. TASS: Russia’s metals mogul files libel lawsuit against Communist Party leader.
11. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Grivach, The Marshal Vasilevsky Factor: Energy Blockade of Kaliningrad Is Now Impossible
12. Interfax: Ryabkov: Russia isn’t changing its INF Treaty stance, is rejecting U.S. blackmail, ultimatum attempts.
13. www.rt.com: US to begin INF Treaty withdrawal from February 2, Washington confirms.
14. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Debris of INF treaty will fall far and wide.
15. Russian International Affairs Council: RIAC Forecast 2019-2024. [russiancouncil.ru/en/2019-globalgovernance]
16. Russian International Affairs Council: RIAC Forecast 2019-2024. Fyodor Lukyanov, #MEFIRST AGAINST STRATEGIC STABILITY. [russiancouncil.ru/en/2019-globalgovernance]
17. www.rt.com: Darius Shahtahmasebi, Trump wants out of NATO: A gift to Russia, or a gift to Germany? [rt.com/op-ed/449031-nato-trump-gift-russia/]
18. TASS: Izvestia: Progress on Kosovo expected at Putin-Vucic talks.
19. Intellinews.com: Serbia’s Vucic walks the line between Russia and the West.
20. Russian International Affairs Council: Ekaterina Entina and Dejan Novakovi, Negotiations on Kosovo 2019 – Opportunities and Limitations for Russia.
21. TASS: Poroshenko’s party lacks any candidate capable of winning upcoming election, notes expert.
22. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Ukraine Wants to Be a Part of the West. But it’s strategy is yielding mixed results.
23. Kyiv Post: Nataliya Katser-Buchkovska, The Ukrainian Harvard team.
24. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, BRITISH GOVERNMENT DEMOLISHES SKRIPAL HOUSE, ROOF FALLS IN ON THERESA MAY AS EVIDENCE GROWS THAT SERGEI SKRIPAL POISONED HIMSELF BY ACCIDENT. [johnhelmer.net/british-government-demolishes-skripal-house-because-sergei-skripal-poisoned-himself-roof-falls-in-on-theresa-may/]
25. Washington Post: Lincoln Pigman, Behind Russia’s cyberwarfare lies a serious case of cyber-phobia.
26. Wired: Garrett Graff, TRUMP MUST BE A RUSSIAN AGENT; THE ALTERNATIVE IS TOO AWFUL. (excerpt)
27. Washington Post: Michael McFaul, Sorry, but Trump is not ‘tough on Russia’ The administration has taken some tough stances toward Moscow. Why does the president disavow them?
28. Ron Paul Institute: David Stockman, The New York Times Smears the President. (excerpt)
29. AP: Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts.
30. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a news conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018 Moscow, January 16, 2019.

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