RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents with links :: JRL 2016-84 :: Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#84
Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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1. Russia Beyond the Headlines: 1 out of every 2: What do half of all Russians believe? Opinion polls are regularly published in Russia containing curious facts about ‘every second Russian’ – according to surveys half of the population pray, steal items from hotel rooms and live in anticipation of a war, among other things. RBTH found out more.
2. Sam Gerrans, Russia: The new baddie – again.
3. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, BOOK REVIEW: BLACK WIND, WHITE SNOW by Charles Clover
4. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Vladimir Putin: The 21st Century’s Greatest Statesman or Its Greatest Threat? The demonization of Putin seems to answer the question, but is it balanced and factual?
5. Former Moscow mayor warns Putin against running Russia in manual mode.
6. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, At Russia’s Victory Day, a brighter spotlight on USSR’s ‘immortal regiment.’ The ‘immortal regiment’ parade, started in 2012, was meant to allow Russians to highlight their forebears’ role in beating back the Nazis during World War II. But it has grown immensely in popularity and prominence since then.
7. Russia Direct: Ivan Tsvetkov, What does Victory Day mean for Russia after Ukraine and Syria? Today Russians look at Victory Day through the lens of the war in Ukraine and the Kremlin’s Syria military operation. However, it might bring about three negative implications both for Russia and the world.
8. Gilbert Doctorow, Russians Remember Their WWII Vets.
9. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Incredibly Shrinking Auto Industry.
10. Not new Cold War…but similar, says UK’s man at NATO.
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Alexei Fenenko, Why is NATO once again talking of deterring ‘resurgent Russia’? Recent comments by high-ranking U.S. military officials show that the West is continuing to support the idea of a military build-up in Eastern Europe to “deter” Russia. What’s behind these statements? Some believe that the groundwork is being laid to change the balance of power in Eastern Europe in the West’s favor.
12. Izvestia: Editorial says Russia regroups forces in response to NATO plans.
13. Russia Direct: Eugene Bai, Donald Trump: Neither a friend nor enemy for Russia. Even though the Kremlin appears outwardly hopeful about a Trump presidency, there are reasons for concern, including the unpredictability of Trump’s future foreign policy moves.
14. Bryan MacDonald, Spring’s Holy Trinity: How every ‘anti-establishment’ vote is now Russia’s fault.
15. Spiked: Tim Black, RUSSIA’S PALMYRA CONCERT REVEALS WHAT THE WEST LACKS. In the war on ISIS, only Russia is acting as if there’s something worth fighting for.
16. Coda: Francesca Ebel, Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin. Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?
17. Ilya Yablokov, Why are Russia’s journalists so prone to conspiracy theory? The popularity of conspiracy theory in Russia today isn’t about cultural mindsets. It’s about media ethics.
18. Mother Jones: Bryan Schatz, Which Country Will Vladimir Putin Go After Next? A new documentary explores the Russian leader’s possible designs on the Baltic States.
19. The National Interest: Steven Pifer, Time to Push Back on Russia’s Nuclear Threats. NATO needs an answer to Putin’s saber-rattling.


20. Harvard International Review: Neli Esipova and Julie Ray, Information Wars: Ukraine and the West vs. Russia and the Rest. In the media battle between the West and Russia over what really has been going on in Ukraine, round one went to Russia – at least among audiences in former Soviet Union republics.
21. Reuters: Ukraine, Russia agree some security measures: Germany.
22. Derek Monroe, Ukrainian govt crusade against journalism takes a new ugly turn.
23. Facebook: Ivan Katchanovski, Naming Names.
24. AFP: Details of reporters accredited with Ukraine rebels revealed.
25. Deutsche Welle: Ukraine under pressure to implement terms of Minsk peace agreement.
26. Deputy Head Of Odessa Administration Maria Gaidar Is Ousted By Ukraine Fascists.
27. Atlantic Council: Anders Aslund, Why Ukraine Needs the IMF.


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