RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#47 :: Thursday, 21 March 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#47 :: Thursday, 21 March 2019
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1. Moscow Times: Life Expectancy in Russia Inches Upward to 73 – Health Ministry Official.
2. TASS: Average life expectancy in Russia rose to 73 years in 2018 – expert.
3. Russia Beyond: Can Russia be considered a superpower? –]
4. Moscow Times: Most Russians Believe New Law Will Curb ‘Fake News’ – Poll.
5. Meduza: Why is the Kremlin replacing multiple regional governors right before Russia’s fall elections?
6. Vedomosti: Daily views Russia’s ‘isolationist’, ‘repressive’ policies.
7. Putin’s “Leaders of Russia” Program a Success, New Cadres Raised For Key Positions in Society! Text with video:
8. Russia Beyond: 4 questions (and answers) to help you understand Russian taxes. –
9. New York Times: Russia Changes Economic Reporting. The Results Improve.
10. The Nation: Stephen Cohen, The Cold War Ides of March. US Cold Warriors escalate toward actual war with Russia.
11. TASS: Izvestia: Farewell to disarmament: INF collapse may trigger chaos in missile defense.
12. TASS: Diplomat says NATO chief failed to show Lavrov any proof of Russia’s INF ‘violations’
13. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrey Baklitskiy, Arms Control Is Dead. Long Live Arms Control. Traditionally, Moscow has insisted on arms control agreements being enshrined in legally binding documents, while Washington has been more open to political deals. Nevertheless, a new, more flexible approach could find support with the Russian leadership. (excerpt)
14. Valdai Discussion Club: Pavel Zolotaryov, Why Pentagon’s Claim on a Preemptive Nuclear Strike Right Should Not Be Exaggerated. –
15. Valdai Discussion Club: Marco Carnelos, Russia’s Next Move in the Middle East: Improving Relations with GCC. –
16. Bloomberg: Kremlin Wonders If Putin Will Follow in Kazakh Leader’s Footsteps.

17. Mark Galeotti, Is Nazarbayev blazing a trail for Putin?
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Stanislav Pritchin, Nazarbayev Resigned, but Nothing Will Change. –
19. Wall Street Journal: China, Russia Stand to Gain From Kazakhstan’s Political Transition. New president aims to maintain nation’s security ties to Moscow, economic links to Beijing.
20. Asia Time: Vijay Prashad, Venezuela’s future depends on China, Russia.
21. Ukraine expert forecasts second-round run-off between Zelensky and Poroshenko.
22. Interfax: Zelensky projected to beat any opponent in 2nd round of Ukrainian presidential election.
23. TASS: Ambassador’s untouchables: Poroshenko in hot seat over prosecutor’s claims against envoy
24. The Hill: Top Ukrainian justice official says US ambassador gave him a do not prosecute list.
25. Reuters: President’s Re-election Pitch Resonates in Heartland of Ukraine’s Revolution.
26. PONARS Eurasia: Sergiy Kudelia, Ukraine’s 2019 Election: the End of Ideology and the Last Comedian. (excerpt)
27. Moscow Times: Konstantin Skorkin, Removed From Russian Influence, Ukraine Election Is Unpredictable on Its Own Terms. Russia’s role in its neighbor’s elections has changed for good.
28. Meeting with Government members. (re Crimea)
29. Kyiv Post: Top U.S. think tanks discuss Crimea after five years of Russian occupation.
30. The Hill: John Solomon, As Russia collusion fades, Ukrainian plot to help Clinton emerges.

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