RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#99 contents with links :: Friday 2 May 2014
Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#99 :: 2 May 2014
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1. Reuters: Rebels down Ukraine helicopters, Putin denounces city assault.
2. www.euronews.com; Tymoshenko dismisses civil war fears, says Putin’s regime facing its end.
3. Financial Times: Ukraine PM warns of ‘most dangerous 10 days’
4. Kremlin.ru: Answers to journalists’ questions following the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council summit.
5. Interfax: Kyiv claims of nationwide poll on state structure are cynical amid continuing military operation – Russian Foreign Ministry.
6. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Kiev is ‘helpless’ in east Ukraine. Can it even police the Maidan? Members of Right Sector and ‘self-defense’ groups still sit on the square and engage in street fights with other radicals – sending a negative signal about the state of Kiev’s control.
7. www.mcclatchydc.com: Donetsk referendum wording mentions neither Ukraine nor Russia.
8. www.globalpost.com: How eastern Ukraine’s opposition went from ‘protesters’ to ‘rebels’ in a single month. The language the Western press uses to describe the conflict in eastern Ukraine has evolved dramatically.
9. Business New Europe: Ukraine teeters on brink of civil war as military launches big operation in east town of Sloviansk.
10. www.rt.com: Ukrainian troops begin special operation in Slavyansk (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
11. http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com: Yet another totally crazy idea from Banderastan.
12. Russia Direct: Why a new Cold War concerns Russian top thinkers. In April, Russian think tanks focused on the implications of a new Cold War for Russia and the West. They also discussed the Geneva accords and the non-participation of Russia in PACE.
13. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Great Game II.
14. ITAR-TASS: Russia demands exhaustive measures for security of presidential envoy in Ukraine.
15. New York Times: So Far, U.S. Sanctions Over Ukraine May Be Inflicting Only Limited Pain on Russia.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: How are Western sanctions affecting Russia?
17. www.rt.com: Ukraine’s gas debt to Russia reaches $3.5 bn.
18. Interfax: Russia expects Ukraine to spend part of IMF loan toward clearing gas debt – minister.
19. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, According To The IMF, Russia’s Economy Is Already In A Recession.
20. Moscow Times: U.S. Space Restrictions on Russia May Strike Back.
21. http://reconsideringrussia.org: Pietro A. Shakarian, The Myth of the European Panacea.
22. The Nation: Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen, Cold War Against Russia-Without Debate. The Obama administration’s decision to isolate Russia, in a new version of “containment,” has met with virtually unanimous support from the political and media establishment.
23. Moscow Times: Stephen Norris, Book Review: Roots of Russian Nationalism Seen in 20th-Century Ukraine.
24. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Snipergate: who ordered the shootings on Kyiv’s Maidan?
25. www.antiwar.com: Ray McGovern, Kerry’s Propaganda War on Russia’s RT.
26. Washington Post: Dmitry Gorenburg, Opposition in Ukraine: A tale of two maps.
27. New York Times: Thomas Friedman, Challenging Putin’s Values.
28. RIA Novosti: ANALYSIS: NATO Using Ukrainian Crisis in Attempt to Resolve Own Problems.
29. The Economist: Ukraine’s turmoil. Chaos out of order. Russian-inspired lawlessness is escalating across eastern Ukraine. Western sanctions are not stopping President Vladimir Putin.
30. www.rt.com: ‘Sooner or later Kiev’s army, Right Sector will attack civilians.’ (interview with Pepe Escobar)
31. Washington Post: Anne Applebaum, Can the West find the energy to deter Russia?
32. Russia: Other Points of View: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP.
33. Moscow Times: Majority Think Russia Is Heading in Right Direction, Poll Shows.
34. Interfax: Russians believe in Armed Forces’ ability to defend country in event of military threat – poll.
35. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, The ‘Russian Cross’ Is Continuing To Reverse. (re population)
36. Moscow Times: Khodorkovsky Says ‘No Politics’ Deal Made With Putin.
37. www.rt.com: Upper house passes new ‘blogger bill’ despite protests from industry, rights officials.
38. Moscow Times: Andrei Soldatov, Putin, the Internet, and Popular Conspiracies.
39. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Counting the cost: How much did Russia spend and earn in Sochi?
40. The Voice of Russia: Russia’s national artery: Northern Sea Route.
41. Stanford Alumni magazine: Robert Strauss, A Chill in the Air. Despite testy Moscow-Washington relations, former ambassador Michael McFaul takes the long view on Russia and democracy.