RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL contents with links :: 2014-#78 :: Tuesday 8 April 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#78 :: 8 April 2014
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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The future’s in their hands. Sociologists have conducted research on what professions Russian parents would like their children to do in the future. The results follow the changing dynamics of the job market in recent years and show that humanities-based occupations are no longer seen as desirable.
2. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The heady style of the heady 1990s. The Russia of the 1990s is staunchly associated with the epithet “heady”. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the arrival of democracy gave the nation not only freedom of choice and an abundance of goods, but also organized crime and wild business. Fashion was equally heady.
3. Interfax: U.S. to stop financing nuclear safety efforts in Russia – paper.
4. Wall Street Journal: Foreign Affairs Intrude on U.S. Political Debate. Crises in Ukraine and Elsewhere Likely to Play a Role in the 2016 Presidential Election.
5. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Pro-Russia crowds rise up in Ukraine’s east, as Moscow stands pat.
6. The National Interest: Dmitry Ryurikov, The Ukraine Mess.
7. ITAR-TASS: Federalization is sole way of settling Ukrainian crisis peacefully – experts.
8. RIA Novosti: Talks Underway to Free Donetsk Administration Building in Ukraine.
9. RIA Novosti: Russia Ready for Ukraine Talks with US, EU – Lavrov.
10. Interfax: Ukraine talks must be held only by nations’ official representatives – Kyiv.
11. The Guardian (UK): Sergei Lavrov, It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine. The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don’t co-operate soon, chaos may take hold.
12. Interfax: Lavrov challenges U.S. claims that Russia has role in Ukraine unrest.
13. ITAR-TASS: Lavrov urges Kiev to build national dialogue with all regions.
14. Interfax: Lavrov: Ukrainian presidential candidates should involve themselves in crisis settlement talks.
15. ITAR-TASS: Donetsk mayor says Kiev pursues wrong policy.
16. Interfax: Clashes erupt between pro-Russian protesters and “Maidan activists” in Mykolayiv – media.
17. Kiev cracks down on eastern Ukraine cities after 2 proclaim independence.
18. Reuters: Ukraine ends one pro-Russia occupation but others persist.
19. New York Times: Ukrainian Troops Move to Reassert Control in East.
20. ‘Still time to negotiate with protesters in Eastern Ukraine.’ (interview with Alexander Mercouris)
21. Reuters: Brawl in Ukraine parliament as communist supports pro-Russia protesters.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines/Kommersant: What is happening on the Russian-Ukrainian border? Russia’s longest section of the border with Ukraine, a section of some 700 km, is in the Rostov Region. In recent weeks, there has been significant movement of troops in and out of this area. Kommersant correspondent Ilya Barabanov reports on the situation on the border.
23. Moscow Times: Gas Replaces Weapons in New Russia-West Standoff.
24. RIA Novosti: Ukraine Says Russian Gas Transit to Europe Under Threat.
25. Europe not moving away from Russian energy.
26. Moscow Times: Chris Weafer, Why Russia Isn’t Afraid of U.S. Gas Exports.
27. Wall Street Journal: Gazprom Pushes Ahead With New Pipeline, Despite Ukraine Standoff. Russian Gas Giant Discusses South Stream Project as EU Convenes Talks on Potential Gas Disruptions.
28. The Motley Fool: What Would Happen to Western Oil Companies if Russia Retaliated?
29. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Ben Aris, Political instability affecting Russia’s investment climate. 30. Interfax: IMF lowers Russian GDP growth forecasts to 1.3 percent in 2014, 2.3 percent in 2015.
31. Business New Europe: If Ukraine unravels, the EU will be lumped with the poor western half.
32. Russia Direct: Maxim Shuchkov, Don’t forget about Russia’s Islamic challenge in Crimea. With both Russia and the West preoccupied with settling the score over the Ukrainian crisis, radical Islamists might use this opening to start flexing their muscles in Crimea.
33. ITAR-TASS: Crimea is not burden on Russia’s economy but it needs employment program for people.
34. Moscow Times: Russia Warns Ukraine Against Missile-Technology Sale.
35. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Crimea-Induced Brain Drain Will Hurt Russia More than Sanctions, Gontmakher Says.
36. Pietro Shakarian, Crimea and Karabakh: A Precedent in the Caucasus?
37. Washington Post: Kyle Dropp, Joshua D. Kertzer and Thomas Zeitzoff, The less Americans know about Ukraine’s location, the more they want U.S. to intervene.
38. George Friedman, U.S. Defense Policy in the Wake of the Ukrainian Affair.
39. New York Times editorial: A Familiar Script in Ukraine.
40. Wall Street Journal editorial: Putin’s Latest Escalation. Russia follows the Crimea script in eastern Ukraine.
41. Interfax: Three fourths of Russians would vote for Putin in presidential elections – poll.
42. Meeting of the Federal Security Service board.
43. Interfax: Foreign funding alone not enough to define NGO as foreign agent – judge.
44. Moscow Times: Novosibirsk Race Seen as Win for Opposition.
45. Moscow Times: What the Papers Say, April 8, 2014.
46. RFE/RL: Obituary: Who Was Doku Umarov?
47. Anna Nemtsova, A Virtual Iron Curtain Closes In on Russia’s Intelligentsia.

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