RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#99 contents with links :: Friday 2 May 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#99 :: 2 May 2014
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1. Reuters: Rebels down Ukraine helicopters, Putin denounces city assault.
2.; Tymoshenko dismisses civil war fears, says Putin’s regime facing its end.
3. Financial Times: Ukraine PM warns of ‘most dangerous 10 days’
4. 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. Donetsk referendum wording mentions neither Ukraine nor Russia.
8. 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. Ukrainian troops begin special operation in Slavyansk (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
11. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. ‘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. Mark Adomanis, The ‘Russian Cross’ Is Continuing To Reverse. (re population)
36. Moscow Times: Khodorkovsky Says ‘No Politics’ Deal Made With Putin.
37. 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.

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