RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#211 table of contents with links :: Thursday 9 October 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2014-#211:: Thursday 9 October 2014
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Ukraine

1. AP: Ukraine adopts law to purge government officials.
2. The National Interest: Igor Yurgens, The West vs. Russia: The Unintended Consequences of Targeted Sanctions. “Russia is too big to isolate completely…and partial isolation is likely to have unintended consequences that contradict U.S. and European intent in imposing sanctions.”
3. Reuters: Russia’s Putin may have talks with Ukraine leader next week – Kremlin.
4. Reuters: Women take up arms on both sides of conflict in east Ukraine.
5. Back to school in rebel east Ukraine – to the sound of bombs and Soviet songs.
6. Reuters: Back to school in rebel east Ukraine – to the sound of bombs and Soviet songs.
7. Gazeta.ru: Russia said making it hard for “volunteer” fighters to cross into Ukraine.
8. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Verkhovna Rada passes package of anti-corruption legislation.
9. TASS: Only international efforts can save Ukrainian economy – experts.
10. Interfax: Kremlin aide: Ukrainian economy faces collapse, GDP could plummet 50 percent.
11. Interfax: Parliament speaker justifies Crimea’s merger with Russia.
12. Voice of America: Harvard Study Shows Russian-speaking Ukrainians Backing Kyiv. (DJ: Based on social media which has been used to interesting effect in the Ukraine crisis.)
13. Interfax-Ukraine: US to provide $46 million in additional defensive security assistance to Ukraine.
14. RIA Novosti: US Might ‘Eventually’ Provide Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine: Department of Defense.
15. George Enteen: UKRAINIAN TRAGEDY AND A NEW COLD WAR.
16. Reuters: Ukraine ‘frozen conflict’ could hurt Europe – Foreign Minister Klimkin.
17. www.moonofalabama.org: Ukraine: Waiting For Jack Frost.
18. The Vineyard of the Saker: Ukraine SITREP October 8th, 16:00 UTC/Zulu: The calm before the storm?

RUSSIA

19. RIA Novosti: Ebola in Russia Possible, But Serious Outbreak Unlikely: Public Health Watchdog.
20. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Electronic platforms for civil activism growing slowly but steadily in Russia.
21. Vedomosti: Russia wants to eliminate “Internet inequality”
22. Moscow Times: In Russia, ‘Lots of Scientists, Little Science’
23. RIA Novosti: Russian President Says He Took 5-Mile Hike on His Birthday.
24. Russia Insider: Iben Thranholm, Putin’s Christian Vision.
25. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Mukhin, The Role of Demons in Contemporary Politics.
26. Stratfor.com: Putin Seeks Solitude Amid Russia’s Perfect Storm.
27. The Economist: The Twelve Labours of Putin.
28. Wall Street Journal: Inflation-Racked Russia Considering Price Controls. Trade Minister Says 40 ‘Socially Important’ Goods May be Affected.
29. Business New Europe: Ruble does overtime on downwards slide.
30. Interfax: Capital outflow from Russia might be lower than $100 bln forecast in 2014 – minister.
31. Blooomberg: Russia Can’t Escape Historical Retrospection in Crisis.
32. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Purpose of sanctions is unclear for many Russians. As restrictions remain in place, a survey shows uncertainty about the goals of the bans.
33. Reuters: Russia moves closer to adopting compensation for sanctions law.
34. New York Times: Russia Seeks Sanctions Tit for Tat.
35. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russia comes to terms with sanctions. Although Russian leaders hope that sanctions will jump-start domestic industries, economists warn of a lack of accessible credit and fear that the likely result will be recession.
36. Russia Direct: Moscow’s options for responding to Western sanctions. Russia Direct releases a new monthly memo that describes Moscow’s strategy to minimize the implications of Western-led financial sanctions.
37. Financial Times: Businessmen are ‘serfs’ in Putin’s Russia, warns Sergei Pugachev.
38. Russia Insider: Eric Kraus, Financial Times Whitewashes Notorious Russian Fraudster.
39. Moscow Times: Russia Releases Opposition Activist Charged With Violence Against Police.
40. Moscow Times: Bill Proposes Softening NGO ‘Foreign Agent’ Law.
41. www.rt.com: Russian public think USA is No.1 enemy – poll.
42. Interfax: Most Russians unaware of ISIL, others see it as threat to peace, Russia – poll.
43. Moscow Times: Most Russians Believe Foreigners View Country Favorably, Poll Shows.
44. Moscow Times: Will Western Sanctions Stop Russia’s Arctic Oil Expansion?
45. RIA Novosti: Senior MPs against rushing to cancel agreement on NATO forces in Russia.
46. RIA Novosti: Russia-NATO Dialogue Would Be Hard to Resuscitate: Moscow.
47. Voice of America: Little Hope for Improved US-Russia Relations, Analysts Say.
48. Moscow Times: Igor Ivanov, Can Bombs Ever Be a Substitute for Diplomacy?
49. Valdai Discussion Club: Timofei Bordachev and Yevgeny Kanayev, Russia’s New Strategy in Asia.
50. www.tomdispatch.com: Pepe Escobar, Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia? The Future of a Beijing-Moscow-Berlin Alliance.
51. Reuters: Crash and crisis overshadow Russia F1 debut.
52. New York Times: Yuri Lyubimov, Experimental Director of Russian Stage, Dies at 97.

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion