RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#245 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 26 November 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2014-#245 :: Wednesday 26 November 2014
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Ukraine

1. Russia Direct: Pavel Andreev, Is Russia no longer on the wrong side of history? While the U.S. continues to maintain that it is the world’s only superpower, Russia is at the forefront of a shift to a multipolar world and inclusive global governance.
2. Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Mikhail Rostovskiy, In the Wake of the G20 Summit. It Is Time to Try to Reach Agreement with the Russian Bear. Otherwise It Will Be Bad for Everybody.
3. Moscow Times: Poll: Most Russians Predict More War in Ukraine, But Oppose Russian Intervention.
4. AP: Cash cut to Ukraine rebel areas in risky strategy.
5. Al Jazeera America: Sabra Ayres, The people of Donetsk trudge along warily under the rebel government. Residents go about their daily lives in a city in crisis.
6. Al Jazeera America: Sabra Ayres, As young minds leave, industrialized eastern Ukraine faces brain drain. Donetsk’s IT sector was growing before the war, with the potential to lead the region into a postindustrial economy.
7. Al Jazeera America: Sabra Ayres, Opportunists take advantage of east Ukraine leadership confusion. Donetsk sees rotating rebel leadership, while a cast of characters claims small cities and towns around Luhansk.
8. Kyiv Post: Soldiers in Dzerzhinsk feel abandoned, expect Kremlin-backed fighters to attack soon.
9. Euromaidan Press: Four days at the front with the Right Sector battalion.
10. Interfax: Donetsk separatists urge UN to send peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine.
11. World Affairs: Alexander Motyl, Time for a Hybrid War Against Russia?
12. Valdai Discussion Club/Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Alexander Khramchikhin, The Ukrainian Army Is Not Gaining Strength.
13. TASS: Foreign aid to Ukraine totaled $8.6 billion – Yatsenyuk.
14. Interfax: Some 540 Ukrainian officials fired in two stages of lustration – Yatsenyuk.
15. Sputnik: Yatsenyuk: Kiev to Pay Less for Russian Gas Next Year as Oil Prices Fall.
16. Reuters: Europe feels sting in the tail of Russia sanctions.
17. Bloomberg: Merkel Said to Reject Ukraine NATO Bid as Rousing Tension.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Ukraine to get referendum on joining NATO within 6 years.
19. Washington Post: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Rethinking the cost of Western intervention in Ukraine.
20. www.thedailybeast.com: Jamie Dettmer, Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias? In an exclusive interview, one of the top pro-Kiev militia commanders talks about the cowardice of some of Ukraine’s regular army officers and his need for U.S. weapons.
21. The Hill: Pentagon: No arms for Ukraine’s military.
22. Sputnik: Hackers Leak US Document Scans With Plans to Supply Weapons to Kiev.
23. Sputnik: US Plans to Deploy 150 Tanks in Eastern Europe.

Russia

24. Moscow Times: Russia’s Rate of Global Warming Twice as High as World Average.
25. Russia Beyond the Headlines: When is a goat not a goat? When it’s a linguistic confusion. Scientist, professor, TV host, interpreter for Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin: Russia’s most famous polyglot Dmitri Petrov talks about political stereotypes, big markets, Tony Blair, learning Russian – and the character of horned animals.
26. Washington Post editorial: Prove to Mr. Putin that he is not ‘invincible’
27. Interfax: Putin to make annual address to Federal Assembly on Dec 4 – Federation Council Chair Matviyenko.
28. Moscow Times: Standard & Poor Predicts Russia Will Avoid Recession, Downgrade.
29. Bloomberg: Ukraine Shrugged Off as Russia ETF Swells to Record.
30. Reuters: Russia says will keep oil output steady in 2015.
31. Wall Street Journal: Russian Finance Minister Warns Oil Prices Likely to Remain Low. Russia Must Rein in Spending to Offset Revenue Shortfall From Lower Oil Price, Says Anton Siluanov.
32. Interfax: No comment from Kremlin spokesman on suspension of Mistral warship delivery by France.
33. Novaya Gazeta: Russian analyst comments on problems economy faces under Western sanctions. (interview with Igor Yurgens)
34. TASS: Opposition to fast food in Russia looks strong and lasting.
35. Moscow Times: Q&A With Dean of Top Russian Business School. (Andrei Sharonov)
36. New York Times: In Moscow, a Financial District in Name Only.
37. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ivan Tsvetkov, China benefits from the U.S.-Russia conflict. The future of the global political system has become less important than the more immediate fear of losing political control.
38. Moscow Times: Far-Right Europe Has a Crush on Moscow.
39. Russia Direct: James Carden, Dismissing Hagel won’t dismiss cloud hanging over US-Russian relations. In the aftermath of the departure of Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary, little is expected to change in the way the U.S. military establishment views Russia.
40. New York Times: Masha Gessen, To Russia, With Tough Love.
41. www.rt.com: Maidhc Ó Cathail, Menace of hypocrisy: Neocon propagandist frets over Russia’s ‘weaponization of information’
42. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, On Russia, Top US Think-Tank Wants More of the Same (Council on Foreign Relations).
43. Arch Getty: re: Paul Goble in JRL #240.
44. To Inform is to Influence: Joel Harding, How biased is: “Johnson’s Russia List”
45. PONARS Eurasia: Vladimir Popov, How the Soviet Elite Lost Faith in Socialism in the 1980s.

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