RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-99 :: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#99
Tuesday, 31 May 2016

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1. Danielle Ryan, Thoughts on the NYT’s ‘Russian troll’ story
2. The Atlantic: Olga Khazan, Why Some Cultures Frown on Smiling. Finally, an explanation for Bitchy Resting Face Nation.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, TWO PRIMARIES.
4. Izvestia: Dmitry Orlov, Reset Successful. Political Analyst Dmitry Orlov on the Main Results of the United Russia Primaries.
5. Russia Direct: G7 summit, the release of Ukrainian pilot Savchenko and Putin’s Greece visit. Russia Direct presents a new media roundup with a focus on the G7 summit, the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Greece.
6. Sputnik: Constructive Stance on Int’l Affairs Underpins Putin’s Policies – Kremlin.
7. Russia Beyond the Headlines: The Georgian on their mind: Why Russians still approve of Stalin. Public opinion surveys show that today support for Stalin in Russia is the highest it has been since the fall of the Soviet Union. More than half of Russians believe that he played a positive role in the history of the country and the Communist Party is even planning to use the image of the Soviet leader in the next parliamentary elections.
8. Washington Post: Richard Arnold, Surveys show Russian nationalism is on the rise. This explains a lot about the country’s foreign and domestic politics.
9. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Yossi Dayan, Why we should look forward to a resurgent Russia.
10. Wall Street Journal: Russian Village Resists Privatization Effort Championed by Putin. Locals, activists and lawmakers rally to prevent sale of century-old state-owned dairy plant.
11. Russia overtakes Saudi Arabian crude output.
12. Russia Direct: 2035: Russia’s 20-year vision for a technological future. A new Russian state initiative reveals Moscow’s perennial struggle to modernize its economy and come up with a strategy for how to boost its technology by 2035. Will this plan succeed?
13. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Why is Russia borrowing money on the foreign markets? The Russian Finance Ministry has issued 10-year Eurobonds worth $1.75 billion with an annual yield of 4.75 percent. What is Moscow hoping to achieve with the issue, who has lent money to Russia, and how likely are they to get their money back? These and other questions are answered here.
14. Russia Direct: Andrey Yuryev, Russia might miss Olympics in Rio because of doping scandal. All Russian athletes might be barred from participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games because of a massive doping scandal. The country is now forced to defend itself from allegations.
15. ‘Russia is attacked while they turn a blind eye to other countries’ – Isinbayeva on Rio ban threat.
16. German foreign minister mulls phased lifting of Russian sanctions. Goal of sanctions is not to force Russia to its knees, says Steinmeier.
17. Der Spiegel: Step-by-Step Rapprochement. Germany Considers Easing of Russia Sanctions. Standing tough on Russia remains official policy, but Germany has begun working on the careful easing of sanctions imposed following Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine. The US is opposed, but many in the EU could support the new approach.
18. Paul Craig Roberts, Will Russia Succumb To Washington’s Economic Attack?
19. Interfax: Putin’s China visit to give powerful impetus to Russian-Chinese strategic partnership – Lavrov.
20. Moscow & Beijing target $200bn in trade by 2020 – Lavrov.
21. Valdai Discussion Club: Paul Saunders, G7 SUMMIT IN JAPAN: NO HISTORIC HIGHS. The G7 has yet to redefine its purpose and role following Russia’s exclusion. Reinvigorating it will require leadership, creativity, and a degree of reflection.
22. Maclean’s (Canada): Arctic Council good venue to co operate with Russia: U.S. ambassador. Bruce Heyman says progress can be made by the full engagement with the eight-country council.
23. Los Angeles Time: Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson, Russia’s got a point: The U.S. broke a NATO promise.
24. Danielle Ryan, Spain ‘betrays NATO allies’ hosting Russian warships – oh, really?
27. TASS: Moscow has no plans of recognizing Ukraine’s self-proclaimed republics – Lavrov.
28. Rethinking Russia: Bryan MacDonald, Poroshenko May Discover That Savchenko Was More Useful to Him in Prison.
29. Russia Insider/Calvert Journal: Only Way to ‘Decommunize’ Ukrainian Cities Is Raze Them to the Ground. The removal of Ukraine’s last great Lenin statue in Zaporizhya under Ukraine’s ‘decommunization’ law cannot erase the history of a city that wouldn’t even exist without the Soviet Union.

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