RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#26 :: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

St. Basil's Domes

To inquire about a subscription to the full Johnson’s Russia List e-mail newsletter, e-mail David Johnson at

Support the JRL:
Donate Online: click here for direct link at GWU

[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter]

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#26 :: Wednesday, 20 February 2019
A project sponsored through the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. The contents do not necessarily represent the views of IERES or The George Washington University.
JRL Home: – JRL on Facebook: – JRL on Twitter: @JohnsonRussiaLi
Support for JRL is provided in part by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to the George Washington University and by voluntary contributions from readers.

1. Interfax: Putin on national projects: Everyone preferring well-trodden road better quit now.
2. Meduza: Putin’s 2019 State of the Nation address, in a nutshell.
3. TASS: Socioeconomics, healthcare and INF aftermath: Putin’s State of the Nation Address for 2019. []
4. Ben Aris, Putin delivers a homely state of the nation speech.
5. Russia is not an enemy of the US, but it will not be banging on a locked door – Putin.
6. Presidential Address to Federal Assembly.
7. Carnegie Moscow Times/Security Times: Dmitri Trenin, State of Play: Russia and the Fraying West. Despite their troubles, Europe and the US are not withering away. It would behoove Moscow to avoid escalations.
8. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: MOSCOW RULES. (re Keir Giles – Chatham House)
10. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Pertsev, Overhyped: How “Putin’s Chef” Became One of the Most Influential People in Russia.
11. Moscow Times: Having an Honest Business Is Not Possible in Russia, Majority Says.
12. Financial Times: Russian central bank intervenes in Baring Vostok dispute. Authorities will try to mediate dispute that led to detention of American Michael Calvey.
13. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Pipeline Nord Stream II “Almost Certainly” Safe From Sanctions.
14. Moscow Times: Ellie Martus, It’s Time for Russia to Get Serious About Climate Change. Russia is one of the world’s top five contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions.
15. Meduza: From Stalin’s camps to Putin’s laws How ‘the Russian mafia’ came to be.
16. Thomas de Waal, Eastern Europe’s problem isn’t Russia. Informal government and behind-the-scenes power plays are more dangerous than Moscow.
17. Interfax: U.S. might downgrade level of diplomatic relations with Russia – newspaper.
18. Riddle: Anton Barbashin, Russia-West in 2028: Counter Terrorism as a Path to Rapprochement?
19. The New Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, See Russia Starting Any New Wars? Thanks, Washington. []
20. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, China won’t mix Russia with US ties.
21. Russia remains Ukraine’s key trade partner despite Kiev’s claims of cutting economic ties.

Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

Map of CIS Central Asia and Environs

Eurasia Map