RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#91 table of contents with links :: Johnson’s Russia List – Thursday, May 7, 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#91 :: Thursday 7 May 2015
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1. Max Fisher, Why one of Russia’s top foreign policy experts is worried about a major war with Europe. (interview with Fyodor Lukyanov)
2. Max Fisher, “Hillary is the worst option”: How Moscow sees American politics. (interview with Fyodor Lukyanov)
3. Max Fisher, There’s a big debate in Moscow over whether to support the Iran nuclear deal. (interview with Fyodor Lukyanov)
4. Berlin Policy Journal: Fyodor Lukyanov, The What-Not-To-Do List. If the West really wants to build a new relationship, then it has to understand Russia much better than it does today. Here are a few recommendations on what to avoid when patching up relations with Moscow.
5. Moscow Times: The Indelible Mark of World War II on Modern Russia.
6. Interfax: Gorbachev: Some Western leaders’ refusal to attend WWII commemorations in Moscow signals disrespect toward those who defeated fascism.
7. New York Times: A Parade Hailing Russia’s WWII Dead and Marching Further From the West.
8. Wall Street Journal: Economic Crisis Slows Putin’s Plans to Modernize Russian Military. Moscow quietly scales back project to replace Soviet-era armaments amid defense cuts.
9. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, MOSCOW BLOG: Is Gazprom a “buy”?
10. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Oil’s Rebound Is Here.
11. Amanda Taub, Should Putin fear Russia’s extremist far right? (interview with Alexander Verkhovsky)
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Kerry allegations do nothing to further U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently accused Moscow of violating one of the key Cold War-era agreements and of actions undermining the regime of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons – allegations that Russian experts dismiss as baseless. The latest spat marks the continuing deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States, which is threatening to affect cooperation betw
14. Stephen Cohen: We’re living through a geopolitical transition.
15. Paul Craig Roberts, It Is Time to Call Radio “Liberty” What It Is: Radio Gestapo Amerika.
16. RT on Ofcom ruling: Impartiality requirements must apply to all media equally.
17. War on the Rocks: Matt Armstrong, RT as a Foreign Agent: Political Propaganda in a Globalized World.
18. Adam Johnson, Reporting on Russia’s Troll Army, Western Media Forget West’s Much Bigger, Sophisticated Troll Army.
19. The National Interest: Tom Nichols, How America and Russia Could Start a Nuclear War. “As during the Cold War, the keys to a strategic nuclear exchange are rigid military planning, political misperception, and natural human frailty.”


20. Carnegie Moscow Center: Balázs Jarábik, A New War in the Donbas, or the Old Ukraine Fights Back?
21. (Kyiv): US ambassador: separatists in Donbas getting ready to resume war.
22. Interfax: Donetsk rebel leader says Ukraine to start “provocative actions” on 8 May.
23. (Kyiv): Russia completes preparations for war in Ukraine.
24. (Kyiv): Russian/rebel troops ready to attack – Yury Lutsenko says.
25. The Hill: Defense chief eyeing moves by Ukrainian separatists. (Ashton Carter)
26. TASS: Moscow warns Kiev against attempts to disrupt Minsk Accords.
27. Ekho Moskvy radio (Moscow): One million have fled east Ukraine for Russia – Russian migration service head.
28. Business New Europe: Mark Adomanis, Time on Ukraine’s side? Data suggest otherwise.
29. Ukrainian political analyst’s call to ‘exterminate Russian reporters’ gets criminal probe.
30. Interfax: Some of gunmen who shot police officers dead in Kyiv served in volunteer battalions – Ukrainian interior minister.
31. Sputnik: Mass Exodus: Young People Fleeing From Ukraine to Evade Draft.
32. Reuters: Josh Cohen, In the battle between Ukraine and Russian separatists, shady private armies take the field.
33. Moscow Times: Josh Cohen, Cracks Appearing in U.S.-Ukraine Relationship.
34. Reuters: EU to stand by Ukraine trade deal at summit despite Russia-draft.
35. AP: As Ukraine erects defenses, critics fear expensive failure.
36. Interfax: Russian ombudsman checks reports of servicemen being coerced to fight in Ukraine.
37. Reuters: Russian Report Blames Kiev for Downing of MH17 Airliner – Newspaper.
38. Russia Direct: Vladimir Evseev, The imitation game: Is American military aid to Ukraine effective? Despite Western military assistance to Kiev, its scope has thus far been insignificant and therefore, this gesture is most likely an imitation of support rather than real preparedness by Washington to arm Kiev.
39. Otar Dovzhenko, Media serfdom in Ukraine. Maidan was meant to set Ukrainian media free, but the press remains dependent on the oligarchs.
40. Krytyka: David Marples, Volodymyr Viatrovych and Ukraine’s “Decommunization” Laws.
41. Krytyka: Serhiy Lunin, Ukraine’s “Decommunization”: Struggle Against the Past and Its Inconsistencies.
42. Russia Direct/Komsomolskaya Pravda: How the War in Donbass Will End. The writer Zakhar Prilepin gave his thoughts on the future of Russian-Ukrainian relations in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.
43. Wall Street Journal: YAROSLAV BRISIUCK, Ukraine Remembers the Lessons of World War II. What’s happening today is alarmingly reminiscent of that era. We can’t afford to ignore the parallels.(Mr. Brisiuck is chargé d’affaires at the embassy of Ukraine in Washington)
44. Olga Luzanova, R.I.P. Ukraine – May 2, 2014.


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