RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#35 :: Tuesday, 5 March 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-#35 :: Tuesday, 5 March 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. Transitions Online: Climate Change Will Hit Russia Hard, Scientists Warn. As temperatures rise at an alarming rate, experts urge efforts to deal with floods, heatwaves, and wildfires.
2. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Rosstat: Politicization or Modernization? []
3. NYU Jordan Center: Susanne Wengle, Evgenia Olimpieva and Christy Monet, Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan” and Debates on Authority, Agency and Authenticity.
4. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, In Russia, getting arrested isn’t personal. It’s just business. The vicious nature of Russia’s business world is usually hidden. But the arrest of a US investment firm founder has drawn back the curtain on how cutthroat and corrupt the Russian business environment can be.
5. Mortgages have exploded in Russia but now Putin wants the rate under 8%.
6. Meduza: ‘Meduza’ fact check: Is Ukraine still the top source of migration into Russia, or has Tajikistan overtaken it?
7. Moscow Times: Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts.
8. Russia Beyond: Russian feminists fight not only for their rights but also for the right words. []
9. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, What Scares Russia’s Generals the Most? Russians. It’s not the U.S., even if Moscow’s chief military strategist thinks the Pentagon’s goal is regime change.
10. Vedomosti: Experts views US sanctions impact on Russian oil, energy sectors.
11. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, What Can Russia Give Asia? Russia is in demand in Asia. But its response should not be a mere mirror reflection of what the Asian countries want. It is generally a rather odd thing in international politics to proceed from partners’ desires or capabilities.
12. TASS: Kommersant: Preparing for Putin’s Persian Gulf tour demands real diplomacy.
13. TASS: PM Medvedev says infrastructure for US nuclear weapons in Europe should be eliminated.
14. Long shot: Germany wants to expand INF treaty to China, after US already buried it. []
15. Foreign Affairs: Tom Nichols, Mourning the INF Treaty. The United States Is Not Better for Withdrawing.
16. Riddle: A Farewell to Arms Control. Pavel Luzin explores the realities of Russia’s nuclear missile capabilities, and what this means for future arms limitation talks.
18. RFE/RL: Lukashenka Says Belarus Must Balance Policies Between East, West
19. Vedomosti: Daily says Moscow tries to ‘depoliticise’ Crimea anniversary.
20. TASS: Nearly 85% of Ukrainians plan to vote in presidential election, says survey.
21. TASS: PM Medvedev names conditions for continuing gas transit via Ukraine.
22. Sputnik: Russia Registered 3Mln Cyberattacks Launched From US Territory.
23. Tucker Carlson, Cat blog BuzzFeed’s false Trump dossier, Cohen reports show how US media have changed forever.
24. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, One year on, the Skripal poisoning case is still riddled with questions that no one wants to answer. Is the official version of events really supported by the available evidence?
25. New York Times: A Year After Skripal Poisoning, Russia Offers Defiant Face to Britain and the West.
26. Russian Embassy in Britain: SALISBURY: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS (4 March 2019). (excerpt) []

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