RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#216 table of contents with links :: Thursday 16 October 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2014-#216 :: Thursday 16 October 2014
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Ukraine

1. Wall Street Journal: Putin Trip to Europe Sparks Flurry of Diplomacy Over Ukraine. Meetings Set With European Leaders, Including Ukrainian Counterpart.
2. Bloomberg: Poroshenko Seeks Merkel’s Support as Russia Bristles.
3. Interfax: Russia interested in reviving cooperation with Ukraine – Putin.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Kerry and Lavrov take a practical approach.
5. The Real News Network: What Role Has Russia Played in Eastern Ukraine? (interview with John Quigley and Aleksandr Buzgalin)
6. Interfax: FMS: Over 3.5 million Ukrainian nationals move to Russia in 2014.
7. RIA Novosti: Putin: No Energy Crisis in Europe on Russia’s Behalf.
8. RIA Novosti: Ukraine Demands Gas Transit Contract With Europe, Refuses to Guarantee Safe Transit.
9. The International Institute for Strategic Studies: Chi Kong Chyong and Pierre Noël, Ukraine’s energy brinkmanship.
10. The Conversation: Catalina Spataru and Raimond Bleischwitz, Europe needs gas and Russia needs cash, so expect an energy-fuelled reconciliation.
11. Interfax-Ukraine: Lustration law takes effect in Ukraine.
12. Interfax: Ukraine lustration law may help legitimatize political persecution – Russian diplomat.
13. TASS: Ukraine’s lustration law spells crackdown on political opponents.
14. Euromaidan PR: Our duty is to help people in eastern Ukraine discover their roots.
15. Euromaidan PR: Donbas culture: understanding it and avoiding mistakes in the future.
16. AP: Ukraine politics turns trashy as mood sours.
17. Consortiumnews.com: Robert Parry, Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis Demand Respect.
18. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, ‘If it walks like a Nazi and quacks like a Nazi – it’s the far-right’
19. Euromaidan PR: Protests of enlisted servicemen near Verkhovna Rada set up by Russian FSB.
20. RFE/RL: Conflict With Russia Reaches Ukrainian Stores.
21. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, WASHINGTON’S LATEST OPINION POLL REVEALS UKRAINIAN MAJORITY IN FAVOUR OF MORE MILITARY FORCE, CONFIDENCE IN PARAMILITARY BATTALIONS, TRUST IN DMITRY YAROSH.
22. The International Republican Institute: IRI UKRAINE PRE-ELECTION POLL SHOWS STRONG OPPOSITION TO RUSSIAN AGGRESSION, SUPPORT FOR KYIV GOVERNMENT.
23. www.rt.com: US dusted off old USSR-break-up strategy for use in Ukraine – former FSB chief.

Russia

24. Kremlin.ru: Meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. (“Do you plan to change this system in which everything depends solely on you?”)
25. TASS: Putin supports idea to rehabilitate all Crimea’s ethnic groups suffering from Stalin rule.
26. www.rt.com: Russians’ approval of Putin hits near all-time high, poll shows.
27. Interfax: Most Russians think Putin is doing his job well – poll.
28. TASS: Putin: West should realize that sanctions pressure against Russia only complicate dialogue.
29 Bloomberg: Russia Can’t Be Blackmailed Over Ukraine, Putin Says.
30. Kremlin.ru: Interview to Politika newspaper.
31. Moscow Times: Ex-Soviet President Gorbachev Says ‘Disunity’ With Russia Weakens Europe.
32. Moscow Times: Russian Defense Budget to Hit Record $81 Billion in 2015b.
33. Financial Times: Russia’s defence budget hit by slowdown.
34. Moscow Times: Fewer Russian Bureaucrats But Salaries Increased 30%, Study Shows.
35. Moscow Times/Reuters: Russian Industry Sees Growth Spike in September.
36. TASS: Russia has sufficient reserves to live through falling oil prices – finance minister.
37. Business New Europe: Russian central bank plays it cool as ruble falls to historic low.
38. Reuters: Rouble’s plunge shows Russia’s reliance on Western money.
39. Interfax: Chief of staff says businessman’s arrest damaging Russia’s investment climate. (Sergey Ivanov)
40. Moscow Times: Russians Lose Faith in Banks as Ruble Falls and Sanctions Bite.
41. TASS: Sanctions fail to split Putin’s circle – Ivanov.
42. Moscow Times: Most Russians Think Western Sanctions Will Boost Nation’s Economy.
43. Paul Backer: Sanctions Part 3. Practical aspects of sanctions impact optimization for Russian companies.
44. RIA Novosti: Moscow Says Has Every Right to Introduce Sanctions Against US, But Chooses Not to.
45. www.rt.com: US, EU businesses oppose Russia sanctions but can’t say it- Medvedev.
46. Financial Times: Sanctions noose begins to tighten on sanguine Russia.
47. Voice of America: Experts Divided Over Whether Sanctions Against Russia Are Working.
48. Moscow Times: Putin Immune to Economic Decline – So Far.
49. RIA Novosti: HRW Calls on Russia to Guarantee Freedom of Expression.
50. Washington Post editorial: Lessons of Russian history must not be silenced.

 

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