RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#31 :: Tuesday, 26 February 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#31 :: Tuesday, 26 February 2019
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1. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, What Putin’s state of the nation address really tells us about where his premiership is heading. The address showed a president settling in to what is probably his last term, and focusing – as he himself said at the outset – on domestic concerns.
2. WBUR (PBS): Putin’s Plan To Restore Russia: The Disruptive Power Of Moscow. (interview with Angela Stent)
3. Paul Goble: ‘Unorganized’ Change at the Top in Russia a Small but Real Risk to Country’s Economy, Moody’s Says.
4. Riddle: Navalny’s Fellow Travellers. Margarita Zavadskaya reflects on whether opposition figure Alexei Navalny is carving out a new niche on Russia’s political left, and what he might stand to win or lose from a leftward pivot.
5. Meduza: ‘His fate is the fate of Russian history’ Igor Malashenko, founder of Russia’s first independent TV station, dies at 64.
6. Bloomberg: Putin Defended Prosecution of U.S. Investor.
7. TASS: Calvey case not political, says Russia’s business ombudsman.
8. Ben Aris, Putin backs the FSB in the Calvey case because he needs to.
9. Kennan Institute: Maxim Trudolyubov, Russia Risk: It’s a Feature, Not a Bug.
10. TASS: Facebook unblocks RT project’s page after sources of financing detailed.
11. TASS: Media: Moscow criticizes Trump’s Arab NATO, Indo-Pacific bloc plans.
12. Financial Times: Ukraine comic gets serious about presidential bid. Volodymyr Zelensky, who plays the president on TV, is leading polls in the actual race.
13. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, LAND OF THE ABSURD.
14. East & West: “Coverage of the Maidan massacre by the mainstream media in the West involves gross misrepresentation”, says Prof. Ivan Katchanovski.
15. Haaretz (Israel): Michael Colborne, Inside the Extremist Group That Dreams of Ruling Ukraine. The Azov movement insists it is not neo-Nazi, yet its members have been captured giving Hitler salutes and being virulently anti-Semitic. A trip to the group’s social center in Kiev reveals its heart of darkness.
16. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Moldova’s Vote Is a Cautionary Tale for Putin’s Foes. Corruption and mismanagement are undermining pro-European political forces and empowering Russia-leaning ones.
17. New Eastern Outlook: Jean Perier, Is there a Peaceful Solution to the Deep-frozen Georgian Conflict?
18. Wall Street Journal: Kimberley Strassel, Schiffting to Phase 2 of Collusion. Conspiracy theorists look for something new, anticipating a Mueller letdown.

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