RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2019-#18 :: Thursday, 7 February 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#18 :: Thursday, 7 February 2019
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1. The National Interest: Alexander Lukin, How the United States Got Russia Wrong. The West today is paying for its collusion with Russia in the 1990s
2. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Post-cold war era barely lasted 1144 days.
3. More controversy as Rosstat upgrades Russian GDP growth to a six-year high.
4. New York Times: With Savings to Burn, Russia Turns (Again) to a State-Led Spending Plan.
5. Paul Goble: At Least Twice as Many Russians Now Living in Poverty than Moscow Suggests, Gontmakher Says.
6. LeftEast: Ilya Budraitskis, The Protests against Russia’s Pension Reform and the Reasons for Their Defeat. (excerpt) []
7. Moscow Times: Roman Lunkin, Russia’s Crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses Hits Critical Milestone. By cracking down on Jehovah’s Witnesses, the authorities sent a clear signal to all religious minorities in Russia.
8. Caroline Christie, Exploring the rise of Soviet nostalgia in Russia. Looking into why millennials are championing the undying appeal of Soviet-era aesthetics. []
9. The Unz Review: Paul Craig Roberts, Is Putin Too Polite? []
10. Wall Street Journal: Russia’s New Shield From U.S. Sanctions: A Siberian Gold Mine. Sukhoi Log, widely seen as one of the world’s largest untapped gold deposits, could give Moscow a bulletproof currency backstop.
11. Bloomberg: Russia Welcomes Trump Offer of New Nuclear Pact, Awaits Details.
12. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Kortunov, The Domino Effect: America’s Withdrawal from the INF Treaty and Its Ramifications.
13. Gilbert Doctorow, The INF Treaty is dead: will the arms race be won this time by the most agile or by the biggest wallet?[]
14. Strategic Culture Foundation: Anatoly Karlin, American Suspension of INF Treaty is Aimed at China. []
15. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, NYT Writer: “Corruption Is in Russia’s DNA” []
16. Bryan MacDonald, Like the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’ it spawned, it’s time to retire the concept of ‘Russia Watching’ []
17. Russia Beyond: Why did the USSR enter Afghanistan. []
18. Moscow Times: U.S. Shuts Down Only Immigration Office in Russia, Citing Falling Demand.
19. History News Network: Walter Moss, What Do the Russians Think About Trump, Putin, and America? []
20. Russia Matters: Jeanne Wilson, Russia and China Beyond Realpolitik: The Bond of Respect and Values.
21. Asia Times: Backing Maduro could be costly for Moscow. Even if the Venezuelan president remains, Russia will be stuck with major costs from suspect oil deals.
23. Reconsidering Russia Podcast #17: Stephen F. Cohen
24. Gilbert Doctorow, War With Russia? (re Stephen Cohen)[]
25. H-Diplo/ISSF Policy Series: David Hendrickson, Fractured: Trump’s Foreign Policy after Two Years. (excerpt re Russia) []

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