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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#43 :: Friday, 15 March 2019
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1 The National Interest: Judy Twigg, Russia Is Winning the Sanctions Game. These sanctions were supposed to punish Moscow’s elite, but instead they’ve spurred economic development and patriotism.
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, SMEAR JOB. [irrussianality.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/smear-job/]
3. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, Even a Vacuous Mueller Report Won’t End ‘Russiagate.’ Too many reputations and other interests are vested in the legend for it to vanish from American politics anytime soon.
4. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, Geopolitical Acceleration and the New International Reality.
5. TASS: Human Rights Council asks Putin to turn down laws on fake news
6. Kremlin.ru: Plenary session of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs congress.
7. Bear Market Brief: Putin finds himself handling domestic investment policies.
8. Reuters: Russian businessmen call for release of detained U.S. investor.
9. www.rt.com: Russia can become world’s top natural gas producer – Shell CEO.
10. Riddle: Maximilian Hess, How Russia Gets To Build Its Most Controversial Pipeline. EU disunity, support from key energy companies, and Trump’s acquiescence will see Nord Stream 2 completed.
11. Intellinews.com: Gazprom’s Power of Siberia gas pipeline to China is finished.
12. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, WHEN THE FRUIT FELL IN THE BASKET – WHAT CAN BE LEARNED NOW FROM MIKHAIL GORBACHEV, THE MAN WHO LEARNED NOTHING. [Text with charts, links and footnotes [johnhelmer.net/when-the-fruit-fell-in-the-basket-what-can-be-learned-now-from-mikhail-gorbachev-the-man-who-learned-nothing/#more-20534]
13. Russia Observer: Patrick Armstrong, RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 14 MARCH 2019. [patrickarmstrong.ca/2019/03/14/russian-federation-sitrep-14-march-2013/]
14. Bear Market Brief: Aaron Schwartzbaum, Russia watching.
15. Countercurrents.org: John Chuckman, Reflections On Putin As A Leader And On The World Situation In Which He Works. (excerpt) [countercurrents.org/2019/03/06/reflections-on-putin-as-a-leader-and-on-the-world-situation-in-which-he-works/]
16. www.stalkerzone.org: Former Ukrainian Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh: Ukrainian Troops Refused to Shoot Russians in Crimea in 2014. [stalkerzone.org/former-ukrainian-defence-minister-igor-tenyukh-ukrainian-troops-refused-to-shoot-russians-in-crimea-in-2014/]
17. Opendemocracy.net: Olga Zeveleva, How ordinary Crimeans helped Russia annex their home. Five years on, the role of local people in Russia’s annexation of Crimea has been underestimated. Yet their help was vital in seizing the peninsula for Russia.
18. TASS: Overwhelming majority of Crimeans would again vote to reunite with Russia, says poll.
19. Vedomosti: Polls show more ‘positive’ perception between Russians, Ukrainians.
20. Moscow Times: Russians Conflicted Over Crimea Annexation’s Value.
21. Russia Matters: Simon Saradzhyan, 5 Years Since Russia’s Intervention in Ukraine: Has Putin’s Gamble Paid Off?
22. Sic Semper Tyrannis: David Habakkuk, Manafort’s Ukrainians were actually pro-West? [turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/2019/03/manaforts-ukrainians-were-actually-pro-west-habakkuk.html#more]
23. TASS: Media: Russia blames US for dismantling arms control deals.
24. Interfax: U.S. actions eroding arms control system pose military risk – Russian SC Deputy Secretary Popov.
25. The Economist: Keeping Russia in check. Decades after the end of the cold war, Russia is showing new aggression. The increased threat from Russia has prompted a vigorous, if uneven, response from the allies.


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