RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-37 :: Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#37
Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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1. The Wire (India): Fred Weir, Disillusioned With the West, Russia Too Is Pivoting to Asia. East-West conflict over Ukraine is likely to continue to loom large when it comes to Russian foreign relations, especially as there seems no way – short of a third world war – that it is ever likely to relent on the main issue, its annexation of Crimea.
2. The Wire (India): Fred Weir, Russia Looks to 2017 With Uncertainty, Disquiet and Hope. For a population tired of the ups and downs they have seen over the years, 2017 brings with it fears of instability along with aspirations of reform.
3. Russia Direct: Russia’s UN envoy, Munich and Putin’s decree on Donbas passports. Russian media roundup: The death of Russia’s UN ambassador, the Munich International Security Conference and President Vladimir Putin’s decree on the acceptance of Donbas passports made headlines.
5. Moscow Times: Read Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s Poem to Russia’s Late UN Ambassador.
6. Bear Market Brief: Kremlin Wants “Convincing but Honest” Putin Win in 2018.
7. Kremlin source dismisses rumors of early presidential election in Russia.
9. Kremlin said appointing “technocrats” as regional heads. (Tatyana Stanovaya)
10. Marlene Laruelle, Putinism as Gaullism. There are limits of defining a regime by the name of its leader, but Putinism has the echoes of post-war France, and of its president.
11. Bloomberg: Half of Russia Still in Crisis Prepares for Worse to Come.
12. Russian IPO wave on the way.
13. Bloomberg: Russia Overtakes Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Crude Oil Producer.
14. Deutsche Welle: Study looks at free-trade-with-Russia scenario. Free trade between the EU and Russia could bring enormous benefits for both sides, a study by the Munich-based Ifo economic research institute suggests. Only, the Ukraine conflict still stands in the way.
15. Washington Post: Katrina vanden Heuvel, Neo-McCarthyite furor around Russia is counterproductive. The intelligence community’s targeting of Trump sets an ominous precedent.
16. Carnegie Moscow Center: Dmitri Trenin, With friends like these…Summary: Trump’s arrival in the White House has put the worsening US-Russian confrontation on hold, for now.
17. Mark Galeotti, We all need to worry about Russia’s incredible shrinking foreign ministry.
18. The Unz Review: Patrick Buchanan, Is a Trump-Putin Detente Dead?
19. Star Tribune (Minnesota): ‘Like the Cold War’: Minnesota Russian community worried.
20. The Hill: Alexander G. Markovsky, How does placing sanctions on Russia help America? Those advocating for heightened tensions with Russia have a skewed view of history.
21. Richard Haass, What the U.S. Must Do About Russia.
22. April 14, 2016: Bryan Bender, The Secret U.S. Army Study That Targets Moscow. A quarter century after the Cold War, the Pentagon is worried about Russia’s military prowess again. (Re Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster)
23. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Russia and the West offer very different views of the world in Munich. Debates: Russia Direct interviewed prominent experts to figure out how they assess the results of the 2017 Munich International Security Conference.
25. Russia & India Report: Petr Topychkanov, Why friendship between Russia and the Taliban is impossible. Media reports about a rapprochement between Russia and the Taliban are not even close to reality. Moscow, however, has opened communication channels with the Afghan group, with an eye on protecting its own interests in the country.
26. Russian International Affairs Council: Yulia Nikitina, The Post-Soviet Space in 2017.
27. Awful Avalanche: Estonian Nostradamus Predicts NATO Bar Fights In Near Future…
28. Alexander Mercouris, Russia NOT involved in ‘Montenegro coup.’ Claims of Russian involvement in an attempted coup in Montenegro appear wrong and absurd.
29. New York Times: Bolshoi Theater General Director’s Term Extended.
30. Wall Street Journal: Loren Graham, Science Under Stalin. Soviet scientists developed the laser, pioneered semiconductors and launched the first satellite. Their advances were undone by political terror. Loren Graham reviews “Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953” by Simon Ings.
31. Financial Times: Could Russia have avoided revolution in 1917?. A century on from Nicholas II’s abdication, Dominic Lieven asks whether democracy was ever likely to take root.
32. Ivan Katchanovski, Interview with Telepolis magazine (Germany) Concerning New Revelations in the Maidan Massacre Investigation.

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