RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#29 table of contents with links :: Monday 16 February 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2015-#29 :: Monday 16 February 2015
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1. Americans Increasingly See Russia as Threat, Top U.S. Enemy.
2. Commonweal: Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, Remember the Battle of Tannenberg.
3. Vice News: Alec Luhn, Escape from Debaltseve: How One Convoy Made It Out of Ukraine’s Besieged City.
4. The Tragedy of Uglegorsk: Exodus from the “City of the Dead”
5. TASS: Over 2.5 mln Ukrainians in Russia, 900,000 from Donbas – migration service.
6. Kiev, rebels accuse each other of breaching ceasefire, heavy artillery withdrawal in doubt.
7. Reuters: Battle rages for town where Ukraine rebels reject ceasefire.
8. Halyna Mokrushyna, If it Ain’t Broken, Don’t Fix It. Ukrainian Healthcare and the Inept Reforms of New Ukrainian Westernizers.
9. RIA Novosti: Ukraine rebel spokesman upbeat on cease-fire prospects despite “violations”
10. TASS: Donetsk republic says no weaponry withdrawal until Kiev stops shellings.
11. Inter TV(Kyiv): Ukraine says committed to peace deal, urges Russia to withdraw troops from east.(interview with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin)
12. Huffington Post: Nikolas Kozloff, Welcome to Ukraine: One of the ‘Biggest Kleptocracies in the World’
13. Kyiv Post: Ivan Verstyuk, Ukraine, Russia moving farther apart as nations
14. Famous Soviet football champ refuses to fight for Kiev in E. Ukraine.
15. Sputnik: Alexander Mercouris, Euromaidan Extremism is Putting Ukraine’s Unity at Risk.
16. Paul Goble: Putin ‘Will Not Advance Further’ in Ukraine, Kyiv Journalist Says.
17. Russian commentator says Ukraine peace deal makes new war “inevitable.” (Tatyana Stanovaya)
18. Financial Times: Niall Ferguson, The meaning of the Minsk agreement.
19. Fort Russ: Eric Zuesse, Evidence About the Connection Between the Ukrainian Coup and Crimea’s Breakaway.
20. Financial Times: Gideon Rachman, Russian hearts, minds and refrigerators. Rather than engage Putin on the battlefield, it makes more sense to hit the economy.
21. RussEurope: Jacques Sapir, Can the Minsk agreement be saved?
22. European Voice: Edward Lucas, What might scare Putin’s regime? Both arming Ukraine and the Merkel-Hollande diplomatic initiative may do more harm than good.
23. Moscow Times: Putin Evokes Tolstoy 26 Years After Soviet Troops Pulled Out of Afghanistan.
24. Meeting with veterans’ organisations representatives.
25. Jacques Attali, Russia should be our ally.
26. Marcel Michelson, Ukraine Truce Will Only Hold If Deeper Tension In Europe Abates.
27. TASS: Russian government to use $50 oil forecast to amend budget – PM Medvedev.
27a. Business New Europe: PERSPECTIVE: Russia’s investment climate plummets.
28. Interfax: Novak: inability to borrow worse than low oil prices.
29. Financial Post: Lawrence Solomon, Russia’s rise.
30. S&P’s junk grade for Russia no bombshell – Swiss banker.
31. Bloomberg: Putin Lets Consumers Feel Pain as Russian Slump Deepens: Economy.
32. Washington Post: Jackson Diehl, A businessman learns from a bad investment in Putin. (re William Browder)
33. Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine? Michael Hudson Report: Finance is a new kind of war and forced sell offs that the IMF is imposing is a new kind of battle ground.
34. Michael Hudson, Ukraine denouement.
35. 100,000-strong ‘anti-crisis’ rally planned for Moscow.
36. Moscow Times: Ex-Finance Minister Kudrin Steps Into Spotlight as Russia’s Crisis Grows.
37. Paul Goble: Russia in Far Worse Shape than Most Assume, Moscow Commentator Says.
38. Moscow Times: John Freedman, Embattled Teatr.doc Proudly Returns to the Stage.
39. Sputnik: What’s Wrong With Them? East European Leaders the West Prefers to Demonize.
40. Sputnik: Kiev Residents Turn Apartments Into Bunkers Amid Rising Crime Rates.
41. TASS: Over 265,000 Ukrainians granted temporary shelter, refugee status in Russia.
42. Interfax: German doctors confirm that Savchenko is fine – Russian Federal Penitentiary Service.
43. Interfax: Court finds high treason suspect Davydova’s arrest unlawful.
44. New York Times: The Saturday Profile. A Russian TV Insider Describes a Modern Propaganda Machine. (re Peter Pomerantsev)
45. Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW. NOTHING IS TRUE. (re Michael Weiss and Peter Pomerantsev)
46. Paul Robinson, SILENCE OF THE COWS. (re Michael Weiss and Peter Pomerantsev)
47. Facebook: Ellen Mickiewicz. re New York Times and Pomerantsev.
48. Facebook: Mark H. Teeter. re Russian media.
49. Robert Parry, The Putin-Did-It Conspiracy Theory.
50. Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Gerard Roland, and Edward Walker, Putin’s European Fifth Column. (DJ: Note the naming of Stephen Cohen in this piece.)
51. Pietro A. Shakarian, L’affaire Stephen F. Cohen – and Academic Dissent and Division on Ukraine.

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