RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2016-92 :: Monday, 23 May 2016

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2016-#92
Monday, 23 May 2016

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1. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Russian Programmers Are Pretty Good.
2. TASS: Russia seeks equal rights in running Internet – Foreign Ministry.
3. Ruling party United Russia holds 1st-ever nationwide primaries.
4. Vedomosti: United Russia party seen caving in to governors’ pressure over primary nominees.
5. Danielle Ryan, Book Review: ‘Putin Country’ by Anne Garrels
6. The National Interest: Maria Snegovaya, Russia’s Liberals in the Crosshairs. The Russian opposition’s troubles are only beginning.
7. Reuters: Russian economic slump shows further signs of easing.
8. Moscow Times: Putin’s Advisors to Outline Russian Economic Reform.
9. TASS: Russian Economic Development Ministry supports raising retirement age to 63-65.
10. Interfax: Foreign investors believe in Russia’s prospects despite sanctions – Shuvalov.
11. Kenneth Rapoza, Sanctions On Russia Not Going Away Anytime Soon.
12. Interfax: Liquidation of Taliban leader to hinder negotiations in Afghanistan – Russian Foreign Ministry.
13. Ben Aris, Is Brexit good for Russia?
14. Russian International Affairs Council: Anton Tsvetkov, Russia’s Pivot to the East: To Asia or From Europe?
15. Izvestia: Russian op-ed urges joint Near East action with USA, EU. (Igor Istomin)
16. Russia Direct: Matey Lomonosov, If Montenegro joins NATO, get ready for a firm Russian response. Far from improving the security environment in Europe, Montenegro’s joining of NATO may actually add to Russian fears of unrestrained NATO expansion eastward.
17. Wall Street Journal: Will Any More European Powers Contribute to NATO’s Eastern Force?
18. Pepe Escobar, Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war.
19. Gordon Hahn, The Internal Logic of Eternal NATO Expansion.
20. Alastair Crooke, Pushing Russia Toward War.
21. RFE/RL: Warning Of War, Ex-Deputy Commander Says NATO Must Counter ‘Russian Adventurism’ In Baltics.
22. Danielle Ryan, Really? ‘Russia destroys Swedish TV mast…over Eurovision loss’
23. Prospect Magazine (UK): Mikhail Gorbachev, My hopes for Russia. The claim that “democracy is bad for Russia” is balderdash.
24. Gorbachev says US was ‘rubbing its hands with glee’ after Soviet Union’s demise.


25. 1,000s of Ukraine nationalists vow to oust Poroshenko administration over Donbass elections (PHOTOS)
26. Sputnik: In Search of Truth: Sweden Airs ‘Controversial’ Maidan Documentary.
27. Washington Post: Robert Seely, Ukraine defeated Russia – at Eurovision. Here’s why that matters.
28. Alexander Merouris, Poroshenko Finally Admits Ukraine’s Military Defeat. Poroshenko admits to Ukraine’s military leadership that Ukraine cannot reconquer the Donbass.
29. TASS: Poroshenko admits Ukraine can get Donbass back only peacefully.
30. Alexander Mercouris, Poroshenko Did Not Offer to Hand the Donbass Over to Russia.
31. Colonel Cassad, Ukrainian Army losses in ATO (“anti-terrorist operation”) according to the IISS’s Military Balance.
32. Ukraine Today: Russia still plans to occupy Ukraine – defence minister.
33. Kyiv Post: Steven Pifer, Minsk is not working, but Kyiv should stay with it.
34. Atlantic Council: Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, Reconciliation Will Be Ukraine’s Next Serious Battle with Russia.
35. The Radical Historian Rewriting Ukraine’s Past. (interview with Tarik Cyril Amar re Volodymyr Viatrovych)
36. E-International Relations: David Marples, Ukraine and Russia: Wars Over the Past.

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