RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2019-#15 :: Thursday, 24 January 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#15 :: Thursday, 24 January 2019
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1. Bear Market Brief: Russia’s population declines by 86,700 people.
2. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, The End of Russia’s ‘Democratic Illusions’ About America. How Russiagate has impacted a vital struggle in Russia.
3. Sharon Tennison: Video: Russian Journalist Dimitri Babich Speaks to CCI Group. (“You know we have always had a love affair with America and Americans.”)
4. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, GIVE AND TAKE. (re civil society in Russia)
5. Putin’s May Decrees and the 12 “national projects” take shape, but lacunae remain.
6. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Russia Can’t Decide Whether It’s Rich or Poor.
7. Paul Goble: Collapse of Putin’s Rating Irreversible and Spreading – Five Articles Highlight Extent of Crisis.
8. PONARS Eurasia: Maria Lipman and Denis Volkov, Russian Youth: How Are They Different from Other Russians?
9. Meduza: The top 1% controls a third of the wealth, and the poor are getting poorer. How Russia became one of the most unequal places on Earth.
10. Moscow Times: As Russia’s Food Prices Soar, Bakers Are Feeling the Squeeze. The costs of key ingredients like sugar and eggs have risen sharply in recent months.
11. Russian budget policy may ease in 2019, budget break even price of oil falls to $49.
12. The National Law Review: Russia Continues Anticorruption Efforts in 2019.
13. National Public Radio (NPR): Once Centers Of Soviet Propaganda, Moscow’s Libraries Are Having A ‘Loud’ Revival.
14. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, Coercing the Unruly: The Perfect Storm of Sanctions War.
15. PONARS Eurasia: Stacy Closson, Diminishing Returns: How Effective Are Sanctions Against Russia?
16. White House eyes energy push as Russia strategy. Potential executive orders could ease the way for new pipeline projects. (excerpt)
17. US interfering in Venezuela? No need to ask Mueller to determine that – Lavrov.
18. TASS: Medvedev invites US to imagine Venezuelan-style change of president in Washington.
19. TASS: Izvestia: Installed coup d’etat? How Venezuela got a second president.
20. Russia in Global Affairs: Sergey Solovyov, “Attempts at Decommunization in Russia Upset de-Stalinization”. (excerpt)
21. Russian International Affairs Council: One in 300 Million. Serbia After Putin.[]
22. Asia Times: Alexander Kruglov, Putin’s plan to slowly reclaim Russia’s lost empire. Despite losing the Baltics and Ukraine, Putin has largely managed to hold the huge Russo-Soviet empire together. Here’s how.
23. Jefferson Morley, In a challenge to Trump, U.S. intelligence targets Russia. The rise of Trump has coincided with the decline of counterterrorism as a declared U.S. policy priority.
24. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Main foreign policy results in 2018.

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