RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#63 :: Monday, 15 April 2019
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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#63 :: Monday, 15 April 2019
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1. Bear Market Blog: Kremlin wants better election predictions.
2. Financial Times: Putin talks up Mercedes cars while ordinary Russians feel the pinch. Almost half the population cannot afford a week’s holiday each year, report reveals.
3. Moscow Times/Vedomosti: Sam Greene and Graeme Robertson, Putin’s Melody Is No Longer Music to Russians’ Ears. Having lost interest in dancing, Russians are returning to their private, individual cares.
4. Riddle: Kirill Shamiev, In Russia, Politics is Always About National Security.
5. www.rt.com: Military conscription in Russia becomes thing of the past – Putin.
6. Paul Goble: Russia Not about to End Military Draft Anytime Soon Because It Can’t Afford To.
7. Moscow Times: Russia Has Ceased ‘All’ Cooperation With NATO, Foreign Ministry Official Says.
8. AP: US-Russia Chill Stirs Worry About Stumbling Into Conflict.
9. RFE/RL: Interview: U.S. Ambassador Reaffirms Support For Ukraine’s Integrity, Calls On Russia To Talk. (Jon Huntsman)
10. Missoula Current (Montana): Former ambassador: U.S. should stop trying to make friends with Russia. (Michael McFaul)
11. TASS: US space program depends on Russia’s RD-180 rocket engines – deputy PM.
12. Forbes.com: Kenneth Rapoza, Russia Now Best Stock Market After China, But Investors Still Cold.
13. AP: Russia-Germany Gas Pipeline Seeks New Route in Baltic Sea.
14. Oilprice.com: Russia Replaces Venezuelan Crude On European Markets.
15. TASS: Russian Central Bank has instruments to withstand external shocks – head.
16. Interfax: Sanctions against Russian state banks likely to be more of a deterrent measure- Kudrin.
17. TASS: Russia will develop the economy on its own, while remaining open to investment – Siluanov.
18. Vesti.ru: Record Reserves! Russia Preparing For De-Dollarization, Becomes Largest Buyer of Gold in World! – vesti.ru/doc.html?id=3137769&cid=4441
19. Wall Street Journal: OPEC Has a New Best Friend: Russia. Putin has helped resolve conflicts within the cartel, giving the country considerable influence over oil markets.
20. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia falling behind in space race.
21. Voice of America: As Russia Touts Expanded Arctic Sea Routes, US Observers See Veiled Threat.
22. Moscow Times/Republic: Vladimir Frolov, Our Man in NATO: Why Putin Lucked Out With Recep Erdogan. Russia is on the verge of a resounding victory over NATO and the United States.
23. Indian Punchline: M.K. Bhadrakumar, Putin votes for Modi. Can he help Modi win?
24. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Skorkin, The Ukrainian elite is preparing for Poroshenko’s election defeat. With polls showing incumbent Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko heading for a major defeat in the runoff election, governors and ministers are looking for contacts with the likely winner and his team. The president has fired a series of governors to send a warning to the rest. But the message is too late and not convincing.
25. TASS: Izvestia: Poroshenko holds ‘one man’ debate, as comic’s no-show leads to solo.
26. www.rt.com: Ukraine election: Cornered Poroshenko ‘debates himself’ as frontrunner Zelensky skips event. – rt.com/news/456483-poroshenko-debates-himself-ukraine/
27. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with students, auditors, professors and instructors at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy, Moscow, April 12, 2019.
28. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 27th Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy, Moscow, April 13, 2019.
29. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, Russiagate and the Media’s News Denial. A U.S. attorney general points the press’s nose toward the real story.