RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#55 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 18 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#55 :: Wednesday 18 March 2015
A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
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1. Six minutes with English subtitles of “Crimea-Road to the motherland”
2. Rossiya 1 TV (Moscow): Film “Crimea: Road to the motherland” – Putin text.
3. RIA Novosti: Russian state TV’s Crimea film attracts audience share of 40 per cent – research.
4. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, Crimea Documentary Reveals How Close Russia Came to Shootout with NATO. “Crimea. A Way Home” is an important public diplomacy message from Russia on the Ukraine crisis.
5. TASS: Two-thirds of Russians say country benefits from reunification with Crimea – poll.
6. Moscow Times: East Ukrainian War Refugees Seek Solace in Crimea.
7. TASS: Almost million people who fled Ukrainian war found homes in Russia.
8. BBC: John Simpson, Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia’s takeover.
9. Russia Beyond the Headlines: A beautiful place caught in geopolitical games: Expats give their views on Crimea.
10. Russia Direct: Dominic Basulto, The weird way that ISIS is changing the way we talk about Russia. The ISIS narrative is starting to shift the Russia narrative, and that’s making it harder for Russia and the West to find common ground on Ukraine.
11. TASS: Will Russia reschedule Ukraine’s debts?
12. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign minister explains Russia’s stance on Ukraine peacekeepers proposal.
13. The Hill: Giving arms to Ukraine ‘isn’t a strategy,’ general says. (U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges)
14. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Delays Ukraine Military Training, General Says. Washington wary of giving Moscow excuse to scrap truce.
15. Washington Post: Don’t send weapons to Ukraine, top Russian Kremlin critic says. (Alexei Navalny)
16. Wall Street Journal: EU Consensus Emerging on Dealing With Russian Sanctions. Would delay decision on extending punitive measures and link any easing to implementation of Minsk cease-fire accord.
17. Vedomosti: Russia run by “bureaucratic consensus”, political scientist says. (Yekaterina Shulman)
18. Moscow Times: Russian Businessman to Buy The Moscow Times – Report. (Demyan Kudryavtsev)
19. Russians doubt government has sound economic programme – poll.
20. Interfax: Labour conflicts in Russia on the rise, cuts top of agenda – union official.
21. TASS: Few chances to borrow, foul competition are worst woes of Russian businesses.
22. Moscow Times: Q&A: Drawing Foreign Firms to Russia. (interview with Kaluga governor Anatoly Artamonov)
23. Sergey Markedonov, Outsourcing sovereignty from Russia to Chechnya. Just like in business, the centre of Russia has transferred a range of its functions to a regional political ‘contractor’. But now the tail is starting to wag the dog.
24. Moscow Times: Matthew Kupfer, Where Was Putin? Does It Matter?
25. Fiona Hill, What If Putin Disappeared for Real? The Russian president’s absence points to Russia’s looming succession crisis.
26. Russia Direct: Alexey Khlebnikov, What globalization and sovereignty mean for Russia today. Russia’s business leaders are focusing on the modern world’s shifting notions of globalization and sovereignty. Globalization needs rules and regulations that are inclusive of all nations and reflect the changing dynamics of the global economy.
27. Nicholas Ross Smith and Zbigniew Dumienski, Rethinking Eurasia’s future. While an economic and political union between Russia and Europe is unlikely, it could serve the interests of both sides in an increasingly hostile world.
28. Fort Russ: On March 17, 1991, 70% of Ukrainians voted to remain inside USSR.
29. Moscow Times: Justin Lifflander, The Curious Incident of the Cat and the Missile.
30. Komsomolskaya Pravda: Russian secret service “source” blames Nemtsov murder on Chechens in Ukraine.
31. Novaya Gazeta: Russian journalist looks at circumstances surrounding Nemtsov suspects’ arrest.
32. Washington Post: An interview with Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
33. Washington Post: Russian opposition struggles to fill void left by a very public slaying.
34. Washington Post editorial: Helping Ukraine in its time of need.
35. Russia Direct: Yulia Karabkina (Kiev), To save Ukraine, the West must understand Ukraine. One year after Russia’s incorporation of Crimea, the Donbas is close to becoming a frozen conflict within Ukraine’s border. To prevent the further disintegration of Ukraine, the West first needs to understand how the Ukrainian crisis started and why it persists today.
36. Eurasian Geopoltics: Edward W. Walker, Why the Ukraine crisis is still very dangerous.
36. TASS: Analysts praise Russia’s walkout from Treaty of Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.
37. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Negotiations with Iran ‘most useful’ in many years. Tehran and the members of the P5+1 group may have reached an agreement on several key points.
38. The National Interest: Alexei Arbatov, Reckless: Don’t ‘Go for Broke’ in Iran Nuclear Talks. A gradualist approach is the most realistic option for solving the nuclear issue.
39. Business New Europe: Kazakh president ends speculation by announcing will stand for re-election.


Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion

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