RUSSIA & UKRAINE: Johnson’s Russia List contents with links :: 2014-#75-#76 :: Friday-Saturday 4-5 April 2014

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 2014-#75-#76 :: 4-5 April 2014
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1. Interfax: Less than 49% of Ukrainians agree with change of power in the country – poll.
2. Stephen D. Shenfield: UKRAINE: POPULAR UPRISING OR FASCIST COUP? (DJ: A major analysis)
3. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Fyodor Lukyanov, Does Russia need America? Western politicians now understand that, for the first time, Russia has decided to act as it sees fit, leaving no space for compromise. But what changes will we see in U.S.-Russian relations when the dust settles? And what kind of relationship is in Russia’s interests?
4. Moscow Times: Robert Legvold, The New Cold War.
5. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, Russian-Western Confrontation: Prepare for a Long Haul.
6. Relax and do some yoga, Moscow tells sanctions-waving US leaders.
7. Interfax: Accusations made against Berkut contradict evidence – Lavrov.
8. RIA Novosti: Kiev Ignored Independent Sniper Case Assessment – Lavrov.
9. Interfax: Crimean official denies local police involvement in protesters’ deaths in Kiev.
10. Reuters: Ukraine must have real, not cosmetic, constitutional reform: Russia.
11. Moskovskiy Komsomolets: Putin and Obama To Decide Fate of Ukrainian Elections – Who Will Be Ukrainian President? Experts’ Predictions.
12. Interfax: State Duma urges Kyiv to stop politically motivated pursuits.
13. RIA Novosti: Ukraine’s Economy Would Have Collapsed Without Russian Aid – IMF Chief.
14. Reuters: Ukraine Prime Minister Says ‘Kamikaze’ Austerity is Price of Independence.
15. ITAR-TASS: Ukraine does not pay for gas, waiting for Russian loan.
16. Interfax: Medvedev cancels zero gas duty for Ukraine.
17. Interfax: Europe can’t easily turn back on Russian energy resources – minister.
18. RIA Novosti: Europe Lacks Realistic Alternative to Russian Energy Supplies – Analyst.
19. ITAR-TASS: Europeans plan to create consortium and buy Ukrainian gas transit system.
20. Bloomberg: Mark Gimein, No, Russia Isn’t Going Broke Any Time Soon.
21. PRIME: Stress Tests Show Russian Banks Resilient to Extreme Scenarios.
22. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Privatization: Speed bump or stop sign? Russia still hopes to rev up its privatization drive this year, but analysts say tensions with Western countries over Ukraine might kick the can farther down the road.
23. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia debuts new, sleek force in Crimea, rattling NATO.
24. ITAR-TASS: Russia has nothing to lose from suspension of cooperation with NATO.
25. RIA Novosti: US move to suspend missile defence discussion unimportant – pro-Kremlin pundits.
26. ITAR-TASS: Curtailing US-Russian space projects may cause huge harm to science – scientist. (Roald Sagdeyev)
27. Interfax: Russia free to suspend NATO transit to Afghanistan across its territory – official.
28. Reuters: Obama briefs congressional leaders on Ukraine crisis.
29. Financial Times: Russia looks east as it seeks to rebalance trade interests.
30. ITAR-TASS: NATO turns 65, but loses worldwide significance – Russian experts.
31. Valdai Discussion Club: Vladimir Petrovsky, Russian-Chinese Relations in the Ukrainian Context.
32. RIA Novosti: OPINION: Council of Europe Parliament Softening Stance on Crimean Reunification.
33. ITAR-TASS: Crimea ready to lure six million tourists during season to be started May 1.
34. RFE/RL: Can Crimea Reclaim Its Role As Russia’s Beach Getaway Of Choice?
35. Wall Street Journal: Latvia Suspends Russian-Language TV Station. Media Watchdog Cites Alleged ‘War Propaganda’
36. Reconsidering Russia and the Former Soviet Union: Pietro Shakarian, Moldova and Transnistria: An Overview.
37. Interfax: Number of Russian citizens believing democracy grows in Russia rising – poll.
38. Interfax: Russians polled on what democracy is.
39. ITAR-TASS: Moscow City Court mitigates sentence to Pussy Riot members, says no religious hatred.
40. Moscow Times: What the Papers Say, April 4, 2014.
41. Mark Adomanis, In Early 2014 Russia’s Demography Continues To Improve.
42. Andrew Nagorski, Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real.
43. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Who is Vladimir Putin?
44. Bloomberg: Mark Silva, Obama’s Russian Reset Lost in Putin’s Translations.
45. Russia: Other Points of View: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP.
Saturday 4.6.14

1. Sergei Roy, Ukraine: Triumph, Tragedy, or Farce?


Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia


Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion