RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#178 table of contents with links :: Friday 15 August 2014

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JRL 2014-#178 :: Friday 15 August 2014

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1. Sergeii Leshchenko, Ukraine’s Oligarchs Are Still Calling the Shots. The revolutionaries of the Maidan wanted to end crony capitalism. But it’s back with a vengeance.
2. Interfax: Far-right groups threaten Kyiv region priest with reprisals.
3. Mark Adomanis, Russians Blame The US For The Violence In Eastern Ukraine.
4. Moscow Times: In Yalta, Putin Opposes Russian Politicians Clamoring for War.
5. Interfax: Russia dealing with Crimean problems inherited from former authorities – Putin.
6. ITAR-TASS: Putin defuses passions over all foreign, domestic policy issues – State Duma member.
7. Business New Europe: Tim Ash, Putin says we’ll do all we can to stop conflict in Ukraine.
8. RFE/RL: Kremlin Mutes Putin’s Big Crimea Speech.
9. RIA Novosti: No Fuel, Almost No Medicine in Luhansk – Local Authorities.
10. New York Times: A Ukraine City Under Siege, ‘Just Terrified of the Bombing’
11. ITAR-TASS: Shelling on Donetsk stopped: bread, water, electricity provided.
12. US calls for restraint in Ukrainian army’s actions after deadly Donetsk shelling.
13. Alexander Yakovenko, Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine: Time to act.
14. The National Interest: Rajan Menon, A Game of Russian Roulette? The West’s Dangerous Sanctions Play against Russia. “Russia can inflict even more economic pain on Ukraine than it has, leaving the West to pick up the tab.”
15. Interfax: Russian emergencies ministry and Ukrainians discussing transfer of aid to eastern Ukraine.
16. New York Times: Border Inspection of Russian Convoy Begins, Ukrainian Military Says.
17. RIA Novosti: Russia Deploys Mobile Border Guard Teams to Border With Ukraine – FSB.
18. RIA Novosti: Officials in Rostov Deny Russian Armored Vehicles Crossed Ukraine Border.
19. Kyiv Post: Government reports progress in aid negotiations as more Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine.
20. Paul Craig Roberts, Washington Chokes Truth With Lies.
21. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Public opinion divided as aid convoy approaches Ukraine.
22. Interfax: VTsIOM: Western sanctions unnoticed by over 90 percent of Russians.
23. Russians see sanctions as tool to weaken nation, but feel no effect.
24. Moscow Times: Russia May Soon Return to Soviet-Style Price Controls.
25. Moscow Times: Russian Farmers Will Need Years to Fill Gaps Left by Food Ban.
26. Interfax: EU ready to cancel Russia sanctions if situation in east Ukraine stabilizes – Usackas.
27. Reuters: Germany’s Economy Shrinks As Euro Zone Recovery Halts Amid Russia Sanctions.
28. Kyiv Post: Damage of infrastructure in the east is a massive blow to economy.
29. US, EU now allowed to buy Ukraine’s gas pipelines.
30. Washington Post: Rick Noack, Why Ukrainian politicians keep beating each other up. A sign of a vibrant, if worrying, political culture. [!?]
31. Sergey Slobodyan: Re: 2014-#177-JRL #24 Reuters: Putin’s Ukraine gamble hastens exodus of Russian money and talent.
32. World Socialist Web Site: Kiev regime blocks humanitarian aid as fighting spreads in eastern Ukraine.
33. Interfax: U.S. accuses Russia of violating INF Treaty because of Ukraine – deputy defense minister.
34. The Economist: Russia’s aid convoy. Putin’s PR coup. Russia offers to send aid to eastern Ukraine.
35. The Residents of Slavyansk have disappeared; the town is being re-populated with migrants from Western Ukraine.
36. Kyiv Post: Dmitry Tymchuk’s military blog: Putin repeats the rhetoric and actions of the untimely deceased Hitler.
37. The Aspen Institute: Perspectives on Putin and Russia’s Prickly Relationship with Ukraine. [DJ: Tarry a moment and ponder yet again the insights of America’s troop of Putin experts.]
38. The Unz Review: Karel van Wolferen, The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith.


39. ITAR-TASS: Heavy drinking, smoking must be resisted, but not Soviet style – Putin.
40. Moscow Times: Most Russians Don’t Know a Single NGO.
41. Moscow Times: Russian NGOs Working to Fight AIDS Not ‘Foreign Agents’
42. RIA Novosti: Russian experts speculate on why prime minister’s Twitter account was hacked.
43. Moscow Times: 80 Things a True Muscovite Would Never Say.
44. Moscow Times: Chris Weafer, Putin’s Russia Will Always Stretch the WTO’s Rules.
45. Natalya Taubina, Russian police reform steps backwards. The last few years have seen an ongoing programme of reform of the Russian police. But the latest proposed measures cannot be called an improvement.
46. Der Speigel: Matthias Schepp, Russia’s Soul. What Crimea Says about Putin’s Future.
47. Carnegie Moscow Center: George Volski, Georgia-Russia: Six Years After the War.

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