RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#208 :: Monday, 30 December 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#208 :: Monday, 30 December 2019
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1. AFP: 2019 Was Hottest Year on Record for Russia.
2. Sputnik: Adidas? Vodka? Balalaikas? Sociologist Reveals What Russians Value Most.
3. Patrick Armstrong, Twenty Years Later – How Did Putin Do?
4. Bloomberg: Henry Meyer, Putin’s Russia Is 20 Years Old and Stronger Than Ever. Or Is It? Two decades after he rose to power, Vladimir Putin has restored the country’s global reach-but at home, risks are growing.
5. AP: Putin Weighs Future Options as He Marks 20 Years in Power.
6. RFE/RL: By The Numbers: 20 Years Of Putin’s Russia.
7. Paul Goble: Putin has Succeeded by Luck and By Challenging Arrangements Many Thought Couldn’t Be but His System is Wearing Out, Shelin Says.
8. Financial Times: Russians sober up under health-conscious Vladimir Putin. Moscow pushes lifestyle shift in country stereotyped for its heavy drinking.
9. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Russian daily says society fragmented due to economic inequality.
10. Moscow Times: Jake Cordell, Russia in 2020: Business Is Booming but the Future Is Unclear. While Russian businesses are feeling confident and growing their revenues, a lack of ambition and risk-taking could limit potential.
11. Putin Meets With Top Businesses, Promises to Cut Through Regulatory Red Tape Next Year.
12. ‘Flow of global capital impossible to stop’: Foreign investments in Russia expected to jump 70% this year despite sanctions.
13. RFE/RL: Russia Rubs Its Hands At The Prospect Of Profit From Climate Change.
14. Meduza: Coding from Russia’s countryside . A group of Moscow programmers has launched a crowdfunded project to bring metropolitan expertise to remote towns.
15. ‘You did absolutely nothing!’ Russian champions hit out at athletics bosses for ‘not protecting them’
16. Kenneth Rapoza, U.S. Sanctions On Russia’s Nord Stream 2 May Be Half-Hearted.
17. Asia Times: Asia connects to Russian energy. Gas and oil from ‘Russia’s Canada’ are of great and increasing importance to China, Japan, Korea and India.
18. Russia Beyond: 10 best Russian books translated into English in 2019.
19. The Ambassador’s Brief: Andrei Tsygankov, Russia and America: The Asymmetric Rivalry.
20. Bloomberg: Putin’s Hypersonic Nuclear Missile Stirs Fears of New Arms Race.
21. Scott Ritter, US plans to conduct cyberwar against Russia in retaliation for unproven election meddling.
22. Putin thanks Trump for information that helped prevent acts of terrorism in Russia in phone call.
24. Russia in Global Affairs: Mikhail Karpov, From “Chaos” to “Order” to Uncertainty Chinese Quintessential Reading of Russia’s Post-Communist Transformation. (excerpt)
25. Russia in Global Affairs: Elena Pavlova and Tatiana Romanova, Resilience in EU Discourse: A New Norm in Relations with Russia? (excerpt)
26. InfoBrics: Paul Antonopoulos, Georgia and Ukraine Joining NATO Will Likely Have the Opposite Effect Against Russia.
27. TASS: Izvestia: Kiev, Donbass to continue prisoner swap dialogue in 2020.
28. Wall Street Journal: Ukrainian Government, Rival Separatists Exchange Prisoners Amid Push for Peace. Prisoner swap follows peace talks between Ukraine and Russia.
29. TASS: Kiev-Donbass prisoner swap to raise Zelensky’s approval rating, expert says.
30. BBC Monitoring: Ukrainians see prisoner swap with rebels as gift, compromise.
31. The National Interest: Bruce Allyn, What Kissinger Teaches Us about Negotiating with Russia. As the United States works to develop a coherent strategy toward Russia, the lessons of the Kissinger and Reagan period suggest a good place to start in our current negotiations is with serious engagement with Russia on specific nuclear risk-reduction measures. (excerpt)
32. Immigrants as a Weapon: Yasha Levine, Trump’s Impeachment, Ukraine, and War With Russia. Let me get all official and DC-like and call it the “Ukraine Doctrine.” (excerpt)
33. Washington Post: Erik Wemple, Rachel Maddow rooted for the Steele dossier to be true. Then it fell apart.
34. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, A Horowitz Report Reveals Bias, but What Kind? The FBI gave Mrs. Clinton a pass while pursuing Mr. Trump even after the evidence fell apart.

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