RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#33 :: Friday, 1 March 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#33 :: Friday, 1 March 2019
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1. Gallup: Majority of Americans Now Consider Russia a Critical Threat.
2. Deutche Welle: US-Russian cyber war just getting started. The US has figured out correctly that Russia’s president only respects force. But after the revelations of US cyber attacks against Russian targets Vladimir Putin will retaliate, says DW’s Konstantin Eggert.
3. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Specter of new arms race has Russia recalling Soviets’ fate. With new weapons development and the end of the INF treaty, a new nuclear arms race seems all too possible to Russians. Lessons from the last one, which ended in the USSR’s collapse, may prove critical.
4. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Is Putin’s Russia Entering a Regime Crisis?
5. American Committee on East-West Accord: Ambassador Tony Kevin: The West’s Russia sanctions send a dangerous message.
6. Vedomosti: Russian pollster views Putin approval rating groups. (Alexei Levinson)
7. Paul Goble: Declining Incomes among Russians Put Future of Country’s Middle Class at Risk, Chepurenko Says.
8. Moscow Times: Russian Opposition Activist Defects to Kremlin-Run RT.
9. Meduza: ‘I want to serve my country.’ Known for her colorful anti-Kremlin activism, Maria Baronova explains why she just took a job with ‘Russia Today’ (excerpt)
10. 10 key numbers on Internet usage in Russia.
11. Russia can be unplugged from World Wide Web, but it’s not quite ready – co-founder of Kaspersky Lab.
12. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, U.S. Cyberattacks May Be Doing Putin a Favor. A strike on a troll farm will help the Kremlin sell the need for a firewall that restricts Russians’ access to the internet.
13. Moscow Times: William Courtney, Investing in Russia’s Future.It is ultimately in Russia’s interest to mobilize foreign investment.
14. The National Interest: Alex Moore, Stability Now: Why Washington Needs the New START Treaty. America risks lapsing into an arms race that would jeopardize strategic stability at considerable fiscal cost.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Nord Stream 2’s future to become clear in May.
16. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 28 FEBRUARY 2019. []
17. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, ONE MILLION SHOES, AND SILENCE.
18. Proposed US sanctions target Russia’s sovereign debt, banks, shipbuilding & LNG projects.
19. Sic Semper Tyrannis: China – Russia gas pipeline almost completed.[
20. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, Sanctions Against Syria: Taking Aim at Russia.
21. Wall Street Journal: Russia Firms Up Support for Venezuela’s Crisis-Hit Government. Moscow visit gives Maduro’s government one of its first high-profile, international platforms since the crisis began.
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Igor Makarov, Fifty Shades of Green.
23. Russia Matters: Simon Saradshyan, Lessons for Leaders: What Afghanistan Taught Russian and Soviet Strategists. (excerpt)
24. RIA Novosti: Russian agency views US intelligence service perception of threats.
25. The National Interest: Valeriy Solovey, The True Story of How Russia’s Foreign Policy Process Evolved. Moscow’s foreign-policy behavior hinges on the practice of strategic patience.
26. AP: Ukraine Candidate Urges Talks to End Conflict in East.
27. Facebook: Fred Weir, Ukraine has pulled out of the Eurovision contest.
28. The National Interest: Curt Mills, Cohen Testimony is the Beginning of the End of Russiagate. The president’s ex-consigliere provided a damning character assessment Wednesday; he also failed to provide a smoking gun.
29. Russia Beyond: 5 things about Russians that Americans won’t understand.[]
30. TASS: Russia, US agree to reduce visa application fees to $160.

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