RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#59 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 25 March 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#59 :: Wednesday 25 March 2015
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1. Falkland Islands’ fears for Russia-backed invasion.
2. Edward Lozansky: March 26 event in Washington: “Major Crisis in US – Russia relations and searching for the way out”
3. Reuters: Ultra-nationalist Ukrainian battalion gears up for more fighting.
4. The Guardian: Clár Ní Chonghaile, Fragile truce brings limited respite to war-weary people of eastern Ukraine. The population of eastern Ukraine faces a humanitarian crisis with an acute lack of basic amenities and mental health problems taking a heavy toll.
5. Financial Times: Samuel Charap, The purpose of Putin’s diplomatic acrobatics.
6. Survival (IISS): Samuel Charap and Jeremy Shapiro, Consequences of a New Cold War.
7. The Blaze: ‘The United States Must Stand Up to Putin’: House Dems, GOP Slam Obama’s Inaction in Ukraine.
8. Ukrainian Magazine (Chicago): Rev. Myron Panchuk, VLADIMIR PUTIN: A REINCARNATION OF DRACULA?
9. Kyiv Post: Boris Danik, Western defeatism in stopping Russia’s war against Ukraine.
10. Reuters: Ukraine leader fires oligarch Kolomoisky as regional chief.
11. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Ukraine’s latest challenge: oligarchs with private armies. Gov. Igor Kolomoisky, who was given political power and the right to create a private army last year, last week used that power to seize the state oil company’s headquarters in Kiev.
12. Moscow Times: Internal Rifts in Ukraine Play in Russia’s Favor – Analysts.
13. TASS: Ukrainian tycoons’ war fraught with crisis of power – analysts.
14. Business New Europe: Mark Adomanis, Ukraine’s Catch 22 over its oligarch class.
16. Fort Russ: The list of most high-profile fraud cases of the Kiev junta. Journalist Denis Bigus, the host of the program Nashi Groshi discovers a new corruption case every week.
17. Robert Parry, Crimeans Keep Saying No to Ukraine.
18. AFP: Moody’s cuts Ukraine rating to just above default.
19. TASS: Analysts: ending Russian gas transit through Ukraine by 2020 is realistic.
20. Fort Russ: Russian survival tips for collapse and anarchy in Ukraine.
21. New York Times: A Ukraine Factory That Can’t Close, and Workers Who Won’t Quit.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Fyodor Lukyanov, China will win the war over Ukraine. Over the past year as Russia and the West have faced off over whose integration project Ukraine will join, China has been preparing a third way forward.
23. Moscow Times: Chris Weafer, Is the Worst Over for the Russian Economy?
24. Two in three Russians see their country as “great power” – poll.
25. Vedomosti: Moscow daily urges Russia to tackle its “Weimar syndrome”
26. Carnegie Moscow Center:Thomas De Waal, A Chechen Dragon Splits Moscow.
27. Patrick Buchanan, Are NGOs Agents of Subversion?
28. Russia Direct: The Nemtsov factor: The politics of opposition in Putin’s Russia. Russia Direct’s new Brief provides a comprehensive analysis of the current political sentiment in Russia and offers a detailed look at the state of both “systemic” and “anti-systemic” opposition forces.
29. Owen Matthews, Is Russian Literature Dead? How the land of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy became a book lover’s afterthought.
30. Drive from Europe to the U.S.? Russia proposes world’s greatest superhighway.
31. Paul Goble: Two of Russia’s Greatest Misfortunes – Roads and Fools – Once Again Come Together.
32. Interfax: Moscow will not stay indifferent to U.S. decision on lethal arms supplies to Kiev.
33. Russia Direct: Artem Kureev, Why Cold War-style military exercises of Russia and NATO are heating up. Amidst Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine, the Kremlin is testing the country’s military capability. In response, NATO has also been initiating large-scale maneuvers in Europe.
34. Russian Defense Policy: How the Third World War Begins. (Mikhail Khodarenok)
35. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Mikhail Gorbachev: On perestroika today.
36. The Harriman Institute: In Memoriam: Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy, 1951-2015.


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