RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#88 table of contents with links :: Johnson’s Russia List – Monday, May 4, 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#88 :: Monday 4 May 2015
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1. AFP: Russia mourns its ballet legend rebel Plisetskaya.
2. Justin Raimondo, Lessons of the Vietnam War. We haven’t learned them.
3. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: Nicolai Petro, How to get from Soviet Studies to Russian Studies.
4. Russia Direct: Russia Direct presents its Russian Studies Ranking in the US.
5. History News Network: Walter Moss, Is Vladimir Putin an Ideologue, Idealist, or Opportunist?
6. Mark Adomanis, Russia is a Product of the Second World War, In Terms of Demography
7. Reuters: Russian oil production remains at post-Soviet high in April.
8. Reuters: Russia cuts key interest rate, hopes worst of crisis over.
9. Russian Economy May Be Stumbling Back To Its Feet.
10. Mark Adomanis, Many Western Firms Are Still Cautiously Optimistic About The Russian Market.
11. New York Times: New Owner for The Moscow Times and Vedomosti.
12. Business New Europe: Sanoma sells Vedomosti to comply with Russian media law.
13. TASS: Chechen leader ready to testify in Nemtsov’s murder case.
14. Interfax: Russia ready to cooperate with West in tackling terror, regional conflicts – Sergei Ivanov.
15. Russia Direct: Russian experts give up hope for reset in US-Russian relations in 2016. Think Tank Review: During April, the Russian expert community turned its attention to the upcoming 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, focusing on the ability of candidates such as Hillary Clinton to change the dynamics of the U.S.-Russia relationship.
16. Interfax-AVN: Russia to reach strategic weapons parity with US by 2018 – missile design head.
17. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, MOSCOW BLOG: Order of battle.
18. Russia Beyond the Headlines: TROIKA REPORT: EU ready to pin down Gazprom; battle lines drawn against Russia at Arctic Council; Moscow alarmed as Islamic State targets Afghanistan.
19. Dmitry Florin, Foreign currency protests in Russia – a chance for the opposition? While political demonstrations are on the slide, economic protests are on the rise in Russia. Can the two be united?
20. Neil Clark, The Russians aren’t coming! How & why hawks hype ‘threat’ to Baltic States.
1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why the murder of Russia’s royal family remains topical a century after their deaths.


22. Interfax-Ukraine: War to end when Ukraine regains Donbas, Crimea – Poroshenko.
23. Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Talks Are Planned on Moving Beyond Cease-Fire. All sides in conflict with pro-Russian rebels to discuss reconstruction, security and refugees.
24. Ekho Moskvy radio (Moscow): Senior Russian MP cool on idea of Ukraine peacekeeping mission.
25. USA Today: Thousands dodge Ukraine army in fight with rebels.
26. Kyiv Post: Ukrainian Defense Ministry says OSCE exaggerates fighting figures.
27. Fort Russ: Ukraine: Hostilities (which never stopped) are on the verge of a new break out.
28. Interfax: Kyiv denies shelling Donetsk.
29. Kyiv Post: Russian-separatist forces cite shelling to justify next offensive.
30. Sputnik: Being ‘Absolute Patriots’ Puts Ukraine’s Right Sector Above the Law.
31. E. Ukraine forces close-up: Meet Margarita Seidler, female voice for Strelkov’s cause.
32. Fort Russ/Moskovsky Komsomolets: Interview with Odessa’s number one wanted “pro-Russian terrorist”, Alena “Viper” Babinina: “The whole Odessa is resistance”
33. Fort Russ: Odessa tragedy: “There was an inhuman horror,” the eyewitness says.
34. Anna Nemstova, A Year After the Odessa Massacre, Burning Hatred Divides the City. This beautiful city on the Black Sea has become a symbol of the complex suspicions and conspiracies that plague Ukraine.
35. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, The Odesa Massacre.
36. Seeking Alpha: IMF To Ukraine: Pain, And More Pain, And Maybe Some Gain.
37. Business New Europe: Mark Adomanis, Ukraine’s economy – from bad to worse.
39. Channel One TV (Moscow): Russian TV talk show ponders historical differences with Ukraine.
40. New York Times: Judge Rebuffs U.S. in Rejecting Extradition of Ukraine Billionaire.
41. The Economist: Ukraine’s fugitive oligarch. Catch me if you can. An Austrian court reckons America’s attempt to prosecute Dmitry Firtash for bribery is politically motivated.
43. The Nation: James Carden, How the Senate Armed Services Committee Is Undermining Minsk II. A peaceful solution to the crisis in Ukraine may be at risk.
44. Reuters: Russia may be readying for new Ukraine offensive -NATO commander.
45. Defense News: Breedlove: Russia Intel Gaps ‘Critical’
46. Russia Insider: Graham Phillips, Who Is Ukraine’s Stepan Bandera? The hero to Ukraine right and a newly rehabilitated figure in post-Maidan Ukraine was a Nazi collaborator and an architect of mass murder and ethnic cleansing.
47. Foreign Affairs: Brandon Valeriano and Ryan C. Maness, Paper Tiger Putin. The Failure of Russia’s Anachronistic Antagonism.
48. The National Interest: Sean Kay, Time to Rethink Collective Defense within NATO? Recent challenges on the alliance’s doorstep may have exposed a major problem.
49. AP: Analysis: US Experts on Russia Fear Escalation Over Ukraine.


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