RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#174 contents with links :: Monday 11 August 2014

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JRL 2014-#174 :: Monday 11 August 2014

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1. Moscow Times: Fyodor Lukyanov, Putin Has Stumbled in Ukraine.
2. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Silence in the Air on Eastern Ukraine.
3. Valdai Discussion Club: Valery Konyshev and Alexander Sergunin, Russian Views on the Ukraine’s Crisis.
4. William Pfaff, America Started This Ukraine Crisis.
5. Reuters: Russia rules out unilateral humanitarian mission to Ukraine.
6. Financial Times: Rodric Braithwaite, How to bring the Ukraine crisis to a peaceful end. The way out will be found not through force but the arts of diplomacy.
7. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Tom Parfitt, Ukraine crisis: the neo-Nazi brigade fighting pro-Russian separatists. Kiev throws paramilitaries – some openly neo-Nazi – into the front of the battle with rebels.
8. Robert Parry, NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War.
9. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Close to Cutting Off Donetsk Separatists. The Suffering Among Civilians Rises as Fighting Continues.
10. Interfax: Separatist leader in Ukraine sets out terms for peace talks.
11. Sunday Times (UK): Bojan Pancevski, Families cower as Kiev advances. Residents are hiding in cellars as Ukraine’s assault on rebel-held towns grows ever more brutal. Russia’s patience is wearing thin.
12. Interfax: Some 250,000 Lugansk residents have no power for two weeks, city has no food, medication, fuel supplies.
13. AP: Ukraine rocket attack leads to mass jail breakout.
14. Bloomberg: Ukraine Urges Mass Evacuation as Army Surrounds Cities.
15. ‘Chemical threat’: Disaster looms as Kiev shells fall near Donetsk plant.
16. Al Jazeera America: Anna Nemtsova, Before the fear of war, fear of fracking in Ukraine. People in the embattled Donbass know the shale beneath their feet could be the real reason for conflict in their towns.
17. ITAR-TASS: Germany asks Ukraine not to block Russian gas and oil supplies to Europe.
18. Reuters: Ukraine suggests major revision for Gazprom-EU gas deals.
19. Reuters: EU officials seek to limit impact of Russia’s food import ban.
20. RIA Novosti: Russia to Use All Possible Measures in WTO to Contest Sanctions – Putin’s Press Secretary.
21. Sanctions bite-back: Bickering, EU infighting over Russia retaliation.
22. Russia Direct: The Kremlin’s food sanctions get a big thumbs-up from Russian media. Media Roundup: Russian media this week primarily focused on the Kremlin’s unexpected response to Western-led sanctions. They also analyzed the “new Maidan” in Kiev and speculated about possible next moves in Gaza and Iraq.
23. RFE/RL: Russian Foodies React To Import Ban With Patriotism, Some Gloom.
24. Russia Direct: U.S. experts: When it comes to Russia, ‘outrage is not a policy over Ukraine.’ Experts from the leading U.S. think tanks continue to debate an appropriate response to Russia in the wake of MH17.
25. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: West Doesn’t Have a Strategy in Ukraine, Pastukhov Says.
26. Bryan MacDonald, UK media approaching ‘mea culpa’ moment on Russia.


27. Moscow Times: 8 Things That Will Make You Jealous of Russians and Their Dachas.
28. The National Interest: Mary Elizabeth Malinkin, Russia: The World’s Second-Largest Immigration Haven.
29. Moscow Times: Daching: How to Get Beaten Up in the Russian Countryside.
30. Moscow Times: No Passports Required to Use Public Wi-Fi, Moscow City Hall Says.
31. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ban on anonymous access to public Wi-Fi irritates Russians. A government decree demanding that Russians show their passports when accessing public Wi-Fi has agitated Russian society. A few hours after the decree was issued, the Moscow Mayor and the Ministry of Communications’ press offices explained that the decision did not concern all networks.
32. Kremlin orders major research on youth web preferences.
33. Interfax: Russian GDP growth slows to 0.8% in Q2 – Rosstat.
34. Reuters: ExxonMobil starts drilling for oil in Russia’s Arctic.
35. RIA Novosti: Alexander Mercouris, Between Justice and European Courts’ Rulings on Russia: a Dangerous Gap.
36. Andrey Sobolevsky, Why Russia is falling behind in the science race. The reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences is not popular with scientists. Especially in Siberia.
37. ITAR-TASS: Russia contributes to Nagorno-Karabakh detente.
38. Pietro A. Shakarian, Moscow’s Sochi Summit on Karabakh.
39. Business New Europe: Putin plays peacemaker in South Caucasus.
40. Russia Direct: Sergey Markedonov, The dangerous thaw in the ‘frozen conflicts’ in the post-Soviet space. Confrontation over Ukraine may prevent the de-escalation of other conflicts in the post-Soviet space, including Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria.
41. ITAR-TASS: Medvedev: world community was wise enough to understand RF stance on Georgia’s aggression.
42. Moscow Times: Sergei Markov, WWI’s Devilish Cocktail Is Mixed Up Again.
43. Moscow Times: John Freedman, The Winners of the 22nd Moscow Times Theater Awards.
44. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Izvestia: John Freedman: ‘Theater can bring Russia closer to America and America closer to Russia.’ Theater expert John Freedman on the prospects for Russian drama in the West.

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