RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-40 :: Friday, 24 February 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#40
Friday, 24 February 2017

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1. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, The Trump Administration’s Internal War over Russia. The White House could follow Washington’s drumbeat on Moscow-or ignore it.
2. The Intercept: Glenn Greenwald, The Increasingly Unhinged Russia Rhetoric Comes From a Long-Standing U.S. Playbook.
3. Wall Street Journal: ‘The Americans’ Review: Timelier Than Ever. In season five, Russian intelligence agents raise the stakes.
4. Reuters: Trump Attacks FBI on Leakers of Russia Reports: ‘FIND NOW’
5. Alexander Mercouris, Donald Trump to FBI: Find leakers now! In succession of tweets US President Trump piles pressure on FBI to find leakers who brought down General Flynn and who have been trying to destabilise his administration.
6. Meeting with Northern Fleet service members.
7. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Museum or church? St. Isaac’s becomes bone of contention in Russia. The governor of St. Petersburg announced last month that the city would return the iconic cathedral – which has served as a museum since the Soviet years – to the Russian Orthodox Church. Locals are not happy with the decision.
8. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Expert calls for subsistence wage revision in Russia. (Interview with Vyacheslav Bobkov, general director of the All-Russia Living Standards Centre)
9. Washington Post: Christopher Jarmas, The Kremlin and Russia’s regional governments are at odds. That’s a problem for Putin.
10. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian pundit sees Middle East as key international arena. (Fyodor Lukyanov)
11. Global Times: Dmitri Trenin, New triangular diplomacy emerges amid changing global political landscape.
12. Sputnik: If a Russia-US ‘Deal’ is Possible, Here’s What It Will Involve.
13. The National Interest: Zalmay Khalilzad, Churkin: A Tribute to an Adversary. Even with rivals and adversaries, there is room for cooperation on issues of mutual interest.
14. Dmitry Babich, Churkin’s death: Why ‘nasty jesters’ from Ukraine operate with impunity?
15. Russia Matters: Hans M. Kristensen, INF, New Start and What Really Matters for US-Russian Nuclear Arms Control.
16. Washington Post; Philip Bump. Making America great again apparently includes Cold War-era nuclear dominance.
17. Chuck Spinney and Pierre Sprey, Sleepwalking Into a Nuclear Arms Race with Russia.
18. Rethinking Russia: Alexey Lubkov, The Great Split. (re February 1917)
19. New York Times: David Priestland, What’s Left of Communism. A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, can a phoenix rise from the ash heap of history?
0. Fair Observer: Brian Milakovsky, Ukraine’s Explosive Language Question. It is no longer a sustainable social contract in Ukraine that the east can be a Russian-speaking enclave and de facto ignore the state language.
21. Awful Avalanche: Russia Will Teach Donbass To Sing – With Coke! – Part I.
22. RFE/RL: Everyone Seems To Have A Peace Plan For Ukraine.
23. National Review: Rebeccah Heinrichs, The Left’s Blatant Hypocrisy on Russia and Iran . Obama obsequiously courted the Russians, but only Trump is called a traitor.
24. Kenneth Rapoza, Sorry, Senator McCain, American Approval Of Russia’s President Putin Nearly Doubles.
25. Washington Post: David Ignatius, Russia’s assault on America’s elections is just one example of a global threat. The Kremlin’s attempts to subvert politics are not limited to the United States.
26. The New Yorker: Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa, TRUMP, PUTIN, AND THE NEW COLD WAR. What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election-and what lies ahead?

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