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

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2014-#254 :: Tuesday 9 December 2014
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Ukraine

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. Counterpunch.org: 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.

Russia

19. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russian scientist spies mountain-sized asteroid heading our way.
20. Slate.com: 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. Kremlin.ru: Meeting of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.
25. Kremlin.ru: 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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