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Russia Is Running Out of Forest

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexey Eremenko – October 1, 2014) It seems unfeasible that Russia, which holds a fifth of the planet’s forests, could run out of wood. And yet it is happening, at least with commercially usable forests, environmental analysts say. The Russian logging industry will face lack of harvestable timber in 10

Putin Doesn’t Make Decisions Under Pressure, Sechin Says

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(Bloomberg – bloomberg.com – Ilya Arkhipov, Ryan Chilcote – September 30, 2014) President Vladimir Putin won’t be swayed by sanctions over Ukraine because he doesn’t allow such pressures to affect his decisions, said Igor Sechin, head of OAO Rosneft (ROSN), Russia’s biggest oil company. “He will never let himself be pressured into making a decision,”

RIA Novosti: Fears of Radicalization Among Muslim Youth Rising in Russia

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MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – There is an increasing risk of radicalization among Muslim youth in Russia, Russian News Paper Kommersant reported on Wednesday. A large group of Muslim youth attacked a police bus on September 26, as the police arrested a man, who drove into an officer, after being told to move his

Russia cancels participation in U.S. education program after Russian student stayed in U.S. – children’s rights commissioner

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(Interfax – October 1, 2014) Russia has withdrawn from the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) education program with the U.S. as the latter has violated its obligations on returning Russian schoolchildren home after they studied there, says Russian presidential commissioner on children’s rights Pavel Astakhov. “One of the reasons is the gross violation by the host

Most Russians Are Against Broadening Foreign Travel Restrictions, Survey Shows

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – October 1, 2014) More than half of all Russians are against the idea of the government broadening a ban on travel to Western countries, a recent survey has shown, but one third considers more groups should be prevented from leaving the country. Out of the 1,600 people questioned by independent

Interfax: Russian government develops measure to prevent disruptions of Russian Internet

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MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) – The Russian government is developing measures to prevent attempts to disrupt the operations of the Russian segment of the Internet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “It is necessary to continue to promptly prevent attempts to disrupt the stable operations of the Russian segment of the Internet. Interagency exercises to prevent

RIA Novosti: Bolshoi Kicks Off Opera Season With Reduced Tchaikovsky

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MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti), Nastassia Astrasheuskaya – Less is more was the ruling principle for Bolshoi’s musical director Tugan Sokhiev at the premiere of Piotr Tchaikovsky’s rare opera The Made of Orleans. He chose to have no decorations or exquisite costumes in the concert opera, staged at the theatre for the second time in

Putin isn’t Mad, He’s Evil and Thus Responsible for His Crimes, Guzman Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, October 1, 2014) A dangerous but entirely predictable trend is occurring in both Russia and the West: Many who see what Vladimir Putin is doing in Ukraine as a crime are saying he is mad or insane, an approach that simultaneously makes him less responsible for what

RIA Novosti: U.S. Deploying Battle Tanks, Some 700 Troops to Baltic States, Poland: Reports

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MOSCOW, October 1 (RIA Novosti) – The United States is deploying some 700 troops as well as battle tanks in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland in the next couple of weeks, NBC News reported Wednesday. “The purpose is to be a very visible demonstration of commitment to our allies,” said Captain John Farmer, public affairs

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#204 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#204 :: Tuesday 30 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 Ukraine 1. Reuters: EU keeps Russia

Russia sanctions, implementing client sanctions policies

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Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 From: Paul Backer <contact@skalalaw.com> Subject: Russia sanctions, implementing client sanctions policies Part 1. Russia sanctions, implementing client sanctions policies. Skala Law client update. Sanctions’ impact will worsen through 2015. Failing to understand sanctions’ purpose and enforcement materially and avoidably damages listed and unlisted entities. Lack of a sanctions policy renders

Facebook, Google and Twitter hit by new Russian internet law

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(Business New Europe – bne.ru – September 30, 2014) Russia’s official communications regulator Roskomnadzor says it will enforce a recently passed law that could force foreign-owned internet companies to store the data of Russian users on Russia data centres, as part of a Kremlin drive towards what it calls ‘information sovereignty’. Major US-based internet companies

We have made today’s Frankenstein with our own hands

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(opendemocracy.net – Maxim Kantor – September 29, 2014) Maxim Kantor is a painter, novelist and playwright. His latest novel V tu storonu (In that direction), which explores the parallel between the financial crisis and a malignant tumour, will be published in Russia shortly. When communism ended, Russia’s people wanted democracy. Instead, they got the market

Moscow Times: Poll Shows Russians Divided on Democracy’s Meaning, Importance

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Allison Quinn – September 30, 2014) Democracy is important to most Russians, but they can’t seem to agree on what exactly it is, according to a survey published Monday. In the survey, conducted by the state-run pollster Public Opinion Foundation and published by the Kommersant newspaper Monday, 63 percent of

RIA Novosti: Ukraine: Farewell to Arms

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(RIA Novosti – September 27, 2014) Both sides in Ukraine conflict signed a much-awaited treaty aimed at ending hostilities, which claimed thousands of lives and put the war-torn eastern regions on the brink of humanitarian catastrophe. Twelve-point memorandum, banning military action in Ukraine came as result of grueling negotiations held in Minsk and brokered by

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#205 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 1 October 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#205 :: Wednesday 1 October 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 Ukraine 1. Euromaidan PR: Expert: by applying in

The Russian Matrix; On their TV channels, Ukrainians and Russians have been getting completely different versions of what has been happening in Ukraine in recent months. Just like The Matrix.

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(opendemocracy.net – Oleg Kashin – September 24, 2014) Oleg Kashin is a prominent Russian journalist. His work has appeared in Kommersant, Lenta, Colta and numerous other publications. One of the main elements of collective consciousness in post-Soviet Russia is a belief that this consciousness can be manipulated in the most unlikely ways. The Hollywood film

Interfax: Ukrainian lustration law unconstitutional – prosecutor general

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KYIV. Sept 30 (Interfax) – The lustration law passed by Verkhovna Rada complies neither with the Ukrainian Constitution, nor international law, its enactment will entail negative consequences, said Vitaliy Yarema, the country’s Prosecutor General. “As regards lustration, I have (expressed) my point of view, and not only mine but also that of the legal experts

Interfax: Envoy Chizhov: European Commission starts to weigh Russian concerns over EU-Ukraine free trade

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BRUSSELS. Sept 30 (Interfax) – Russia is awaiting the European Commission’s proposal to lift its concerns about the enforcement of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), Russian Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told reporters. “The decision of the European Council was anticipated and quite consistent with the agreement reached

Russia is actively preparing for war

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – COMMENT: Ben Aris in Moscow – September 30, 2014) Russia is actively preparing for a war that nobody wants and that will probably never happen. But its increasingly obvious commitment to real preparations for a potential military conflict with the West have been convincing enough to create trump cards

Oldest Russian NGO facing financial troubles – head

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(Interfax – Moscow, September 28, 2014) The oldest Russian noncommercial organization [the usual Russian phrase for what is referred to elsewhere as NGOs], the Moscow Helsinki Group, had to scrap the majority of its human rights projects due to a shortage of funds, Moscow Helsinki Group head Lyudmila Alekseyeva told Interfax on Monday [28 September].

Defense Ministry Dismisses Reports of Russian Paratroopers Killed in Ukraine

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – September 30, 2014) An opposition lawmaker who inquired about the reported deaths of Russian paratroopers in Ukraine has been told by the Defense Ministry that the accounts are “rumors” and that releasing information about military casualties would violate privacy laws. State Duma lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov – one of the few

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#203 table of contents with links :: Monday 29 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#203 :: Monday 29 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 Ukraine 1. ITAR-TASS: EU postpones application

15 Global Firms Hit by Russia’s Law Limiting Foreign Ownership of Media

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 29, 2014) Russia’s law limiting foreign ownership of media in Russia to 20 percent will overturn the country’s media scene. Foreign companies have been at the forefront of developing media in Russia since the early 1990s. They own stakes in hundreds of newspapers, magazines and television stations. Under the

Curbs on Foreign Ownership Will Gut Russia’s Media

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Delphine d’Amora – September 28, 2014) An era in Russian media ended Friday as parliament passed a law limiting foreign ownership in domestic media assets at 20 percent, hitting some of the world’s largest media companies and turning back the clock on an industry that has thrived on foreign brands

Ruble Sinks to Historic Low Against Currency Basket

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 29, 2014) The ruble sunk to a record low against the Central Bank’s currency basket Monday, continuing a steady slide that has seen it lose over 15 percent of its value this year. The Russian currency dropped during morning trading and was worth 44.37 against the euro-dollar basket shortly

Ukraine to increase military expenditure fivefold by 2020 – Kiev

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(Interfax – September 29, 2014) The reform program Strategy 2020 provides that Ukraine should become “a military state,” increasing its military expenditures from 1 percent of the GDP to 5 percent, Dmytro Shimkiv, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, said. “We are operating under the assumption that Ukraine should become a military state,” he

U.S.-Russia Cycle of One-Upmanship Could Prove Catastrophic

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(Moscow Times editorial – themoscowtimes.com – September 29, 2014) The Ukraine crisis has sparked a resurgence of one-upmanship in U.S.-Russian relations, unparalleled since the height of the Cold War, that – if left unchecked – could take a truly catastrophic turn. After the Maidan movement brought an end to Viktor Yanukovych’s reign in Kiev, Russia

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#202 table of contents with links :: Thursday 25 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#202 :: Thursday 25 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 DJ: This is likely the last

Russians’ Greatest Fears Coming True, Undermining Stability, Gontmakher Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, September 24, 2014) The eight developments Russians identified as of their greatest fears are all coming true, and that pattern regardless of what else happens undermines the stability of Russian society and the Russian state, according to Moscow economist and commentator Yevgeny Gontmakher. In August, Russians were

Business New Europe: Russia has eager new oil and gas customers in Asia

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory – September 25, 2014) Chris Weafer is Senior Partner at Macro-Advisory, which offers bespoke Russia-CIS consulting. The main focus of Western sanctions against Russia has been to cause disruption to the banking and oil sectors. The former has directly squeezed the availability of liquidity on

Stagnation looms for Russia as consumption and oil revenues fall

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – September 25, 2014) Consumer demand in Russia, around half of its $2 trillion economy, and the key growth driver over recent years, is stalling over the crisis in Ukraine, according to a World Bank analysis of the economy. Consumption growth will slow to 0.5% in 2015 and 0.6% in

RIA Novosti: Russia Sends List of Unanswered Questions to MH17 Investigators

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MOSCOW, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) said Thursday it had sent a list of questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine to an international panel investigating the disaster. “Oleg Storchevoi, a deputy head of Rosaviatsiya and Russia’s envoy to the investigation into circumstances and causes

RIA Novosti: Putin Called Top Moral Authority Among Russian Celebrities: Opinion Poll

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MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – Two thirds of Russians say that some of the country’s famous citizens can be considered as moral authorities, and 36 percent of them believe President Vladimir Putin is taking the lead , a poll by the Public Opinion Fund reported Wednesday. Around 60 percent of respondents believed that there

RIA Novosti: Russian Envoy Slams Ukrainian Prime Minister’s Address to UN Assembly

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UNITED NATIONS, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin has criticized the speech delivered by Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the UN General Assembly. “It is strange that the Ukrainian prime minister, instead of resolving the numerous problems of his country, which is approaching an economic collapse, has

Reflections on Russians and Ukrainians

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From: Kirk Bennett (kirkbennett7@yahoo.com) Date: September 24, 2014 Subject: Reflections on Russians and Ukrainians Kirk Bennett is a former Foreign Service officer who served in both Moscow and Kyiv. The opinions expressed are his own and do not represent the views of the U.S. government. Amid all the analyses of the crisis in Ukraine there

[Ira Straus on Ukraine, NATO] re JRL-2014#201 (Adomanis)

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From: Ira Straus (IRASTRAUS@aol.com Subject: re JRL-2014#201 (Adomanis) Date: Sept 23, 2014 Re: 11. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, Ukrainians Still Don’t Want To Join NATO. It is disappointing to see such a misleading article, from one of the few pro-Russia writers still around who has generally been accurate and had a grasp of reality. The article

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#201 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 23 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#201 :: Tuesday 23 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 DJ: Another quicky JRL. Brought to you

A lasting ceasefire, temporary sanctions

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – INVISIBLE HAND – Liam Halligan in London – September 23, 2014) The partial ceasefire in Donbass and Lugansk has done little to ease the East-West information war and diplomatic argy-bargy relating to Russia and Ukraine. If anything, the rhetorical exchanges have become testier during September, with the EU and US expanding

Ukrainian Leaders Walk Away From Law on Self-Administration in Occupied Territories

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(Eurasia Daily Monitor: Volume 11, Issue 167 – Jamestown Foundation – jamestown.org – Vladimir Socor – September 23, 2014) Utter confusion surrounds Ukraine’s just-adopted law on the “special procedure of local self-administration in individual districts in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.” Pursuant to the September 5 ceasefire protocol, President Petro Poroshenko initiated this law, his administration drafted it, and

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#200 table of contents with links :: Sunday 21 September 2014

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… 21. The Economist: Win some, lose more. For all the celebrations in Kiev over ratifying the trade deal with Europe, it is the Russians who got most of what they wanted.
22. Euromaidan Press: Lilia Shevtsova: Putin “is looking for new ways to strangle Ukraine.”
23. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: If Putin Isn’t Stopped in Ukraine, He Will Move against Baltic Countries, Piontkovsky Says. …

WHITE HOUSE TRANSCRIPT: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Sept. 18

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(White House – September 18, 2014) PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Poroshenko to the Oval Office. He and I have been working together a lot over the last several months. And as I told him personally, and I want to repeat publicly, I think his leadership has been absolutely

If Putin Isn’t Stopped in Ukraine, He Will Move against Baltic Countries, Piontkovsky Says

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, September 20, 2014) If the West does not stop Vladimir Putin’s campaign to subordinate Ukraine to Moscow, then the Kremlin leader will move against the Baltic countries even though that carries with it the direct threat of a military conflict with NATO, according to Andrey Piontkovsky. But

RIA Novosti: Parties at Minsk Talks Agree on Memorandum Regulating Ukrainian Ceasefire Implementation

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MINSK, September 20 (RIA Novosti) – Kiev authorities and pro-independence fighters in southeastern Ukraine have agreed on complete ceasefire, establishment of the buffer zone, withdrawal of heavy weapons away from the contact line on both sides, and deployment of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring mission. Early Saturday morning parties at

HIATUS: JRL E-Mail Newsletter Vacation: Sept. 11-28

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Note from David Johnson, from JRL 2014-199: DJ: [JRL 2014-199] This is the last issue of JRL before the September 11-28 vacation. Let’s hope for positive news. …        

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#199 table of contents with links :: Wednesday 10 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#199 :: Wednesday 10 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php 4 DJ: This is the last issue

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2014-#198 table of contents with links :: Tuesday 9 September 2014

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[check back for updates, including more links; links also posted to facebook and twitter] Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2014-#198 :: Tuesday 9 September 2014 E-Mail: davidjohnson@starpower.net A project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at The George  Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs: www.ieres.org JRL homepage: russialist.org JRL on Facebook: facebook.com/russialist  JRL on Twitter: twitter.com/JohnsonRussiaLi Support JRL: russialist.org/funding.php  Ukraine 1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Fyodor

Moscow Times: Ukraine Crisis Halves Number of U.S. and EU Tourists Visiting Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – September 10, 2014) Russian travel agencies say 40 to 60 percent fewer European and U.S. holiday makers came to Russia in the first half of this year than in the same period of 2013, while three times fewer Russian tourists went abroad, a trend they attribute to bad blood between

Interfax: Sanctions against Russia already affecting production of tight reserves, could impact shelf

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KHANTY-MANSIISK. Sept 10 (Interfax) – The sanctions imposed by the EU and U.S. against Russia are already affecting the production of tight reserves, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said at a briefing in Khanty-Mansiisk. “The sanctions, first due to technology, have not yet impacted [the country's economy], but are already affecting the production of

Interfax: Russia calls for thinking about consequences of weapons supplies to Kyiv

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MOSCOW. Sept 10 (Interfax) – Russia knows about the agreements reached by Ukraine and some NATO countries on direct supplies of weapons to Kyiv and suggests thinking about the consequences of the implementation of such decisions. “We believe that all questions on this matter, including relating to the responsibility for the consequences of such a

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