RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#85 :: Monday, 20 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#85 :: Monday, 20 May 2019
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1. Moscow Times: Self-Help Lessons From the Russian Classics. In “Self Improvement Tolstoy-Style,” an English Russophile explores life and literature. (Viv Groskop)
2. Moscow Times: Denis Volkov, Who Russians Think Will Succeed Putin in 2024. Studies show that the Russian public doesn’t believe they will have a say in the future of their country.
3. Interfax: Kremlin denies intervening in Yekaterinburg church row.
4. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Modern Russia Is Putin Deciding a Park Use Dispute. A protest against building an Orthodox church in the Russian hinterland reveals a lot about the country’s power structure.
5. Paul Goble: Attitudes of Young Russians Changing Rapidly and in Contradictory Ways, New Surveys Show.
6. Meduza: Xenophobia masquerading as environmentalism . How politics, money, and racism turned Irkutsk against a Chinese bottling factory at Lake Baikal. (excerpt)
7. Vedomosti: Local disputes in Russian regions serious threat to political order – analysts.
8. TASS: Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Russia on the brink of a major crisis similar to 2008-2009 crash.
9. TASS: Real incomes of Russians will continue to decline in 2019 – Accounts Chamber.
10. Russia’s GDP growth slows in 1Q19, challenging the policy framework.
11. The National Interest: Mark Melton, Russia’s Powerful Economic Policies. Chris Miller’s Putinomics is an essential book for anyone interested in Russia and foreign policy.
12. Russia’s population will skyrocket to 166 million if abortions are banned – Patriarch.
13. TASS: US mood swings, no one can predict future relations – Kremlin.
14. Sputnik: Pompeo Names Russian, US Overlapping Interests, Calls Sochi Talks ‘Substantive’
15. Mediaite: Trump Suggests He Authorized Cyber Attack on Russia: ‘It Happened During My Administration’
16. Trump administration most ‘directly hostile’ to Russia’s interests since fall of communism: Ian Bremmer.
17. Vedomosti: Daily views prospects for improving Russia-US ties after Pompeo visit.
18. Top Pundit Kiselev: Iran is a Powder Keg With Sparks Raining on It! War is On the Horizon! –
19. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Corruption and Populism Are the West’s Weaknesses, Not Moscow’s Invention.
20. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev, What Can Russia Expect from a New Europe? –
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Sergei Oznobishchev, European Security and Strategic Stability. –
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Ivan Tiimofeev, Sanctions Policy: The ‘European Paradox’ –
23. Strategic Culture Foundation: Matthew Ehret, The Polar Silk Road Comes to Life as a New Epoch in History Begins. –
24. TASS: British investigators unable to link Salisbury, Amesbury poisonings – newspaper.
25. Interfax: Sergei and Yulia Skripal are alive, but not available for contact – relative.
26. TASS: Yulia Skripal puts her Moscow flat on sale, looks for new owner for her dog.
27. Reuters: High Fives, Selfies and a Snap Election as Zelenskiy Takes Power in Ukraine.
28. Kyiv Post: President Zelenskiy’s inauguration speech (COMPLETE ENGLISH TRANSLATION)
29. Interfax: Zelensky prioritizes ceasefire in Donbas, says ready to make unpopular decisions.
30. TASS: Zelensky gives to understand that ‘party of war’ will not shape Ukraine’s future – expert.
31. Interfax: Putin to congratulate Zelensky on success in normalizing relations with Russia, settling Donbas crisis – Peskov.
32. Interfax: Zelensky should prove readiness to settle Donbas conflict by complying with Minsk agreements – Slutsky.
33. As Chernobyl nuclear disaster feeds TV drama, is Ukraine looking at a real-life re-run? –
34. The National Interest: Hunter DeRensis, The Justice Department Goes All-In on Origins of Russia Probe. The District Attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, becomes the latest federal prosecutor to look into the handling of the Trump-Russia investigation.

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