RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#254 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 9 December 2014

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JRL 2014-#254 :: Tuesday 9 December 2014

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1. Russia Insider: Patrick Armstrong, Report Claims Rebels Get Few Weapons from Russia.
2. New York Times: Lev Golinkin, Driving Ukrainians Into Putin’s Arms.
3. Interfax: EU membership Ukrainian government ultimate goal – PM.
4. TASS: Ukraine to build wall to reinforce border with Russia in 4 years – PM.
5. Reuters: Ukraine’s military says suspends combat operations on ‘Day of Silence’
6. Interfax: Ukrainian General Staff Chief: Donbas truce to last indefinitely.
7. Interfax: Militia will stick to truce deal as long as Ukraine army observes it – Purgin.
8. Sputnik: Lavrov: Ceasefire Creates Hope for Heavy Arms Pullout in Ukraine.
9. The Independent (UK): Mary Dejevsky, Ukraine analysis: Russia may prefer an extended ‘frozen conflict’ but freezing conditions loom for all.
10. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Decentralization of Ukraine ‘Impossible’ at Present, Moscow Expert Says.
11. UNIAN (Kyiv): Ukrainian prosecutor details probes into Maydan killings, ex-officials.
12. World Review: Stefan Hedlund, Ukraine’s financial timebomb set to explode.
13. Financial Times: John Dizard, How Russia outmanoeuvred the west in Ukrainian finance.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Press Digest: Putin-Hollande talks establish role for France as mediator.
15. Defense One: Ted Galen Carpenter, The US Needs To Recognize Russia’s Monroe Doctrine.
16. Binoy Kampmark, House Resolution 758. Groaning Towards War.
17. The National Interest: Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney, Michael Haltzel, and Kenneth Yalowitz, The Greatest Challenge to U.S.-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis. Leadership from both sides of the Atlantic is essential for an effective response to Russia’s actions.
18. The American Conservative: Philip Giraldi, Don’t Risk War With Russia. Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.


19. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russian scientist spies mountain-sized asteroid heading our way.
20. Joshua Keating, Putin’s Chosen People. What’s behind the Russian president’s close relationship with an Orthodox Jewish sect?
21. Interfax: Almost half of Russians feel international isolation – poll.
22. Rossiya 1 TV (Moscow): Putin jokes about false accusations of imperial designs on Europe.
23. Reuters: Putin urges to develop Russian science to fend off sanctions.
24. Meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.
25. Meeting with members of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights and federal and regional human rights commissioners. (continued)
26. TASS: Russian businesses welcome presidential initiatives with some reservations.
27. Wall Street Journal: World Bank Cuts Russia’s Growth Forecasts Due to Declining Oil Prices.Russian Economy Seen Contracting 0.7% in 2015.
28. Reuters: Russian oil use to sink, exports rise on sanctions, tax revamp.
29. Wall Street Journal: How Can Russia Turn the Ruble Around?
30. Sputnik: What Happened to Russia’s Ruble and Where Do We Go From Here
31. Bloomberg: Putin’s New Deal Spells End to 15 Years of Wage Gains.
32. The Conversation: Richard Connolly, Russia’s economy is failing, but that gives it a chance to reform.
33. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Kremlin to sell off 19.5% stake in Rosneft in bid to raise funds.
34. Interfax: Russian Investigative Committee opens over 21,000 anti-corruption inquiries in 2014.
35. Interfax: Kremlin chief of staff “acknowledges” corruption problem.
36. Moscow Times: Russia’s Dozhd TV Defies Crackdown by Continuing Broadcasts From Apartment.
37. Moscow Times: Peter Rutland, Grozny Attack Is Another Headache for Putin.
38. Russia Direct: Andreas Kindsvater, The chill in German-Russian relations won’t lead to a new Cold War. With German Chancellor Angela Merkel repeatedly condemning Russia for its Ukraine policy, the rift between Russia and Germany is becoming wider and more obvious. But is a Cold War-style confrontation between them really possible?
39. Reuters: India, Russia to set out energy vision, Siberian deals eyed.
40. Moscow Times: William Hill, Moldova’s Woes Make It Fair Game for Russia.
41. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman and Jennifer Hor, New Rules or No Rules? Putin Defies the New World Order.
42. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Shedding light on the cyclical nature of US-Russia relations. Anti-Americanism seems to have reached a record-high in Russia after a period in which many Russians had favorable views of America. From a historical perspective, such ebbs and flows in Russian perceptions of America have been the norm, not the exception.
43. The National Interest: Raymond Smith, From Da to Nyet: How U.S. Diplomacy Helped Transform Russia from Potential Ally into Strategic Adversary. A great diplomatic mistake with repercussions now being felt today.
44. David Fogleson, The Transformation of Post-Soviet Russia’s Image in the United States: Domestic and International Challenges. Dark Pictures are Easy to Paint: Journalists and American Images of post-Soviet Russia in Historical Perspective.

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