RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#25 :: Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#25 :: Tuesday, 19 February 2019
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1. TASS: Presidential messages to Federal Assembly in facts and figures.
2. Russian International Affairs Council: Sergey Veselovsky, Standing for Everything Evil against Everything Good: Russia’s Hostile Measures in Europe. []
3. Vedomosti: Ella Paneyakh: Why 100-year Putinism is fragile. Russian deep state is realm of fear, suspicion and incompetence.
4. Bloomberg: 2019 Brings Yet More Bad News for Russian Consumers.
5. The Kremlin appoints an experienced head to run Russia’s state rubbish disposal company.
6. New York Times: Russians, Feeling Poor and Protesting Garbage, Suffer Winter Blues.
7. Moscow knows top Baring Vostok businessman as major investor in Russia, alarmed by his arrest.
8. RFE/RL: Russia’s Kudrin Calls Detention Of American Investor ‘Emergency’ For Economy.
9. Financial Times: Calvey’s arrest sends chill through Russia’s foreign investors. US founder of Moscow-based Baring Vostok was seen as savvy operator.
10. TASS: Sanctions cost Russia $6.3bln in 2018, says Economy Ministry.
11. Kenneth Rapoza, Could Russia Be Subject To Venezuela-Style Sanctions?
12. The National Interest: Nicholas Myers, Russia Still Cannot Combat Color Revolutions. Russia’s new countermeasures against Color Revolutions do not seem to be succeeding.
13. TASS: Izvestia: Russia gearing up for legal battle to get back diplomatic property.
14. TASS: Lavrov opposes tit-for-tat steps on restricting media amid Facebook’s blocking of RT page.
15. Lavrov at Munich Security Conference: No Meetings With Americans! No More Discussion! [Text with news video:]
16. New York Times: Theodore Postol, America and Russia Could Be About to Open Pandora’s Box. Contention over the I.N.F. missile control treaty is complicated by suspicions on both sides that the other has broken its rules.
17. Strategic Culture Foundation: Federico Pieraccini, Russia and China Are Containing the US to Reshape the World Order. []
18. TASS: West’s crusade to impose its models and values destabilized Middle East, says Lavrov.
19. Valdai Discussion Club: Vladimir Bartenev, Syria’s Recovery: How To Overcome Mutually Assured Obstruction?
20. The National Interest: Scott MacDonald, The Unlikely Convergence of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Although the three-nation summit did not get much press in the West, its emergence is a signal, albeit a quiet one, that Eurasia’s geopolitical landscape is undergoing major changes.
21. TASS: Most citizens oppose handover of Kuril Islands to Japan, opinion poll says.
22. Financial Times: Ukraine’s Poroshenko uses Orthodox church to boost re-election bid. President hopes split with Russia will woo voters weary of war and economic malaise.
23. Asia Times: Nile Bowie and Giovanni Pigni, Ukraine faces crowded and combative elections. There is no clear frontrunner ahead of next month’s presidential election and huge challenges face the eventual winner.
24. The New Cold War: Dmitry Kovalevich, February update: the fifth anniversary of the Maidan coup.
25. National Review: Andrew McCarthy, Collusion: The Criminalization of Policy Disputes. The word covers every contact between anyone connected to Trump and anyone connected to Russia, with no need to show that a crime was committed.

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