RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#94 contents with links :: Thursday 24 April 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#94 :: 24 April 2014
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1. Stephen Blank, Russia’s Lurch Toward Fascism.
2. Los Angeles Times: Jaak Treiman, Juris Bunkis and Daiva Navarrette, Vladimir Putin’s shopping list: Which country could be next? Plenty of Russia’s neighbors are worried. And Article 61 of Russia’s Constitution leaves him a world of room in which to maneuver.
3. The National Interest: Steven Pifer, John Herbst, and William Taylor, Does Putin Want a War?
4. Mark Adomanis, On All Of The Important Questions Ukraine Is Still Extremely Divided.
5. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexei Fenenko, A Coordinated Revision of Eastern Europe.
6. RIA Novosti: OPINION: US Never Tried to Persuade Kiev to Follow Geneva Roadmap. (Jon Hellevig)
7. Reuters: Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Putin warns of consequences.
8. ITAR-TASS: Putin: If Kiev starts to use army against people inside country this is serious crime.
9. Interfax: Putin accuses Kyiv authorities of not disarming radicals but legalizing them.
10. RIA Novosti: Russia to Hold Military Drills in Response to Ukraine Crackdown.
11. RIA Novosti: OSCE Military Observers at Ukraine-Russia Border – Kiev’s Security Service.
12. Kyiv Post: Five dead, one wounded as anti-terror operation continues in Sloviansk (LIVE UPDATES, VIDEO)
13. Interfax: Roadblocks attacked on outskirts of Slovyansk, cell phone services disrupted – Donetsk region self-defense forces.
14. Civil war looms as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine LIVE UPDATES.
15. Interfax: Russian-led security bloc chief says Russia, NATO now in direct standoff.
16. RIA Novosti: Lavrov Says West Ignores Moscow’s Opinion.
17. Interfax: Russia’s Lavrov blames USA, EU for “colour revolution” in Ukraine.
18. Lavrov to RT: Americans are ‘running the show’ in Ukraine.
19. Interfax-Ukraine: Ukraine accuses two Russian officers of ordering councillor’s kidnap, murder.
20. Gordon Hahn, Domestic Politics, Foreign Intelligence, and the Crisis in Ukraine.
21. Simon Saradzhyan, No Smoking Spetsnaz Gun in E. Ukraine or Why Khamzat of GRU’s Vostok Wouldn’t Pose As Donetsk Native.
22. World Socialist Web Site: Alex Lantier, New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos.
23. The US plan for the Ukraine – a hypothesis.
24. Bloomberg: Ukraine’s Unpaid Russian Gas Bills Dwarf U.S. Aid Offer.
25. Business New Europe: Russia is ready to negotiate on gas issue with Ukraine, EU.
26. Kyiv Post: Poroshenko widens the lead in presidential polls.
27. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Analyst looks at Russia’s problems if southeastern Ukraine secedes. (Leonid Radzikhovsky)
28. Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Mikhail Zubov, Majority believes that Putin will make only right decision on Ukraine. Sociologist Lev Gudkov explains unprecedented growth of patriotism.
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The Russian language in Ukraine: Cultural bridge or divide. As Ukraine is tearing itself apart, it is also facing an artificially fuelled competition between Russian and Ukrainian, two languages that are nevertheless linguistically very similar.
30. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Sergei Markedonov, Forging a common future for Russians and the Crimean Tatars. The Crimean Tatars represent the only significant part of Crimea’s population that have rejected the territory’s new status. At the same time, Crimean Tatar activists have refrained from any direct confrontations with Moscow. What stands in the way of peaceful coexistence between Russians and Crimean Tatars on the peninsula?
31. Reuters: Russian memo to WTO says US sanctions are illegal.
32. Russia Direct: Nikolay Pakhomov, Will Europe break its dependence on Russian energy? As a result of the crisis in Ukraine, the EU has been struggling to balance the need for energy security with its political views on Ukraine.
33. Russian Society is Experiencing Delusions of Grandeur – Poll Data.
34. ITAR-TASS: Foreseeing national security threats essential to resisting them effectively – analyst. (Alexei Podberyozkin)
35. Financial Times: Chris Weafer, Russia remains a land of opportunity for investors. The affluent middle class is a lucrative market and force for political change.
36. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Language and Culture Not History ‘Main Unifying Factors’ for Russians, Valdai Club Says.
37. Putin advocates single cultural space within Russian borders.
38. Joint meeting of State Council and Council for Implementation of Priority National Projects and Demographic Policy.
39. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Did the Kremlin just ‘unfriend’ the founder of Russia’s Facebook?
40. Wall Street Journal editorial: Putin and Navalny. Authoritarians at home tend to be more bellicose abroad.
41. Moscow Times: What the Papers Say, Apr. 23, 2014.
42. Moscow Times: What the Papers Say, Apr. 24, 2014.

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