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. Intellinews.com: 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. www.rt.com: 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. Foxnews.com: 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. Vesti.ru: Top Pundit Kiselev: Iran is a Powder Keg With Sparks Raining on It! War is On the Horizon! – vesti.ru/doc.html?id=3149151&cid=4441
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? – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/what-can-russia-expect-from-a-new-europe/
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Sergei Oznobishchev, European Security and Strategic Stability. – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/european-security-and-strategic-stability/
22. Russian International Affairs Council: Ivan Tiimofeev, Sanctions Policy: The ‘European Paradox’ – russiancouncil.ru/en/analytics-and-comments/analytics/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. – strategic-culture.org/news/2019/05/16/polar-silk-road-comes-to-life-as-new-epoch-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. www.rt.com: As Chernobyl nuclear disaster feeds TV drama, is Ukraine looking at a real-life re-run? – rt.com/news/459661-ukraine-chernobyl-nuclear-blackout/
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.