RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#44 table of contents with links :: Thursday 5 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#44 :: Thursday 5 March 2015
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1. The Guardian (UK): Seumas Milne, The demonisation of Russia risks paving the way for war. Politicians and the media are using Vladimir Putin and Ukraine to justify military expansionism. It’s dangerous folly.

2. Mark Galeotti, Known Knowns and the Nemtsov Murder.

3. Russian website doubts Nemtsov’s report on Ukraine was cause of his murder.

4. Izvestia: Boris Mezhuyev, Atmosphere that Kills. Political analyst and journalist Boris Mezhuyev on the spite stabbing our hearts and the fury destroying our brains.

5. Interfax: No “tightening of screws” after Nemtsov murder – Russian upper house speaker. (Valentina Matviyenko)

6. The International New York Times: Samuel Charap and Bernard Sucher, Why Sanctions on Russia Will Backfire.

7. Brookings Institution: Clifford Gaddy, Russia after the Nemtsov murder.

8. Facebook: Alexander Mercouris, Back from Moscow.

9. Ceasefire violations on decline in E. Ukraine – OSCE.

10. TASS: Multiple rocket launchers being withdrawn by Kiev forces – military operation headquarters.

11. Almost 60 per cent of Russians won’t support armed conflict with Ukraine – poll.

12. Socialist Review: A socialist case for Ukraine. Interview with Volodymyr Ishchenko.

13. Moscow Times: Putin Sounds the Alarm Over Budding ‘Color Revolutions’ in Russia.

14. Interfax: Over half of Russians ready to vote for Putin – poll.

15. New Statesman (UK): Jana Bakunina, Why do Russians still support Vladimir Putin? Talking to Russians young and old, Jana Bakunina found five main reasons why support for the president has not declined in the face of international pressure.

16. Interfax: Kharkiv mayor doesn’t expect fair trial on abduction, torture, threat of murder charges.

17. Kyiv Post: Hybrid administrations set up instead of martial law.

18. Mark Adomanis, Ukraine’s Economy Is Dead.

19. Peterson Institute for International Economics: Anders Aslund, Ukraine Has Escaped Financial Meltdown-But Challenges Lie Ahead.

20. Washington Post: Matt O’Brien, Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation. Ukraine’s currency has fallen 70 percent since the start of 2014, and that’s pushed it into hyperinflation.

21. Il Sole-24 Ore (Milan): Italian paper interviews Russian minister on economic situation. (Alexey Ulyukayev)

22. Wall Street Journal: Investors Flow Back Into Russia.

23. Ukraine media falsely claim Dutch prosecutors accused Russia of MH17 downing.

24. Moscow and Washington have no positive agenda.

25. Interfax: Russian Foreign Ministry wary about ideas to abrogate international law priority.

26. Moscow Times: Pyotr Romanov, All Cold Wars End With a Thaw.

27. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Irina Khakamada, Boris Nemtsov, the man who led Russian liberalism by example.

28. editorial: A Stranger’s funeral. Farewell to Nemtsov as farewell to time of civic idealism.

29. TASS: Russian experts optimistic about talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

30. Business New Europe: Chris Weafer, Kazakhstan – one steppe forward, two sideways. Is the early Kazakh election because the president fears a public backlash against a worsening economy, or is it because he wants to get more serious about reform and needs to be rid of the distraction of succession?

31. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Vladimir Putin wants to destroy Nato, says US commander in Europe Ben Hodges. Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges says the UK is still a leader within Nato and warns that Europe must “raise the cost” for Vladimir Putin.

32. Sputnik: Boots on the Ground: US Military Instructors Arrive in Ukraine.

33. Ukraine Today: Garry Kasparov: “Like a cancer, Putin and his elites, must be cut out”

34. (Kyiv): Republicans: Obama de facto imposes embargo on arms supplies to Ukraine.

35. The Hill: US official: Russia’s actions in Ukraine conflict an ‘invasion’

36. US Department of State: Testimony on Ukraine Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

37. US boosting ‘anti-propaganda’ budget, mulling ‘increase of lethality’ for Ukraine support – Nuland.

38. Brookings: Steven Pifer, Russian aggression against Ukraine and the West’s policy response. Testimony to Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

39. Ola Cichowlas, The Fascist in the Kremlin. How Putin is eliminating enemies at home while creating new allies abroad.


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