RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#48 :: Friday, 22 March 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#48 :: Friday, 22 March 2019
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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, ‘Fake news’ in Russia: State censorship elicits an outcry. In any society, how big a problem is “fake news,” and what should be done about it, and by whom? In Russia, the protests over new state censorship moves signed by Putin invoke universal principles.
2. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE STRONGMEN STRIKE BACK.
3. Valdai Discussion Club: Ivan Timofeev, America’s Polyphonic Russian Policy.
4. Meduza: Tatiana Stanovaya explains why Putin won’t go like Nazarbayev.
5. Wall Street Journal: Thomas Grove, Russians in Heartland Sour on Vladimir Putin Over Money Woes. Stagnant wages, rising costs fuel grumbling among working-class residents who once lauded president.
6. Vedomosti: Daily views change in Russians’ attitude to gender equality. (Alexei Levinson)
7. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, The Cossacks, Institutional Corporatism, and Cultural Autonomy Under Putin.
8. Bear Market Brief: MinEkonomiki congratulates itself on SME progress.
9. Russia places $3bn and €0.75bn Eurobonds in biggest issue in six years.
10. Moscow Times: Ombudsman Titov Appeals to Russian Authorities Over Detained Businessmen.
11. Financial Times: Russian business schools seek a global perspective. The country’s business leaders are keen on courses to help them expand internationally.
12. Sic Semper Tyrannis: “Russian Army is Radically Upgraded” –]
13. Interfax: Duma’s Slutsky backs establishment of think tank to counter color revolutions.
14. TASS: West covering up their crimes committed during bombing of Yugoslavia, says Lavrov.
15. TASS: Izvestia: Moscow to shrug off Trump’s initiative on ‘Russian influence’
16. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: Hearing on “An Emerging China-Russia Axis? Implications for the United States in an Era of Strategic Competition”
17. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Future of Russia-Ukraine Relations
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18. Anatoly Karlin: “E dissects internal Ukrainian discussions on what to do about Crimea on Feb 28, 2014.”
19. Vedomosti: Pundit says Moscow does nothing to help lift sanctions from Crimea. (Konstantin Gaaze)
20. Strategic Culture Foundation: Tom Luongo, Crimea: The Geopolitical Jewel Russia Continues to Polish. –
21. Bloomberg: ‘Dirtiest’ Race Ever Drags Ukraine Election Into Perilous Waters.
22. Bear Market Brief Ukraine: Reformers and Election.
23. TASS: Presidential hopeful speaks in support of Russian language in Ukraine.
24. TASS: Expert: Ukrainian prosecutor’s ‘untouchables’ spat with US envoy set up with Poroshenko.
25. Top Ukrainian prosecutor attacks US ambassador, hints he may help Trump manage Russiagate.-]
26. AP Interview: Ukraine minister claims Russia on its knees.
27. Are the Ukrainian presidential elections ‘fake’?  –
28. Russian International Affairs Council: Ksenia Kuzmina, Russia and the Indian Ocean Security and Governance –
29. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Why Nazarbayev’s legacy will remain intact. The exit of Kazakhstan’s strongman after 28 years at the helm won’t end its pivotal regional role.
30. Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor: Not an Enemy: Belarus Seeks Warmer Relations With NATO. (excerpt)
31. Transitions Online: Madalin Necsutu and Ilie Gulca, From Ecology to Tolerance: Breaking Ice on the Dniester. With practically no official contact between Moldova and Transdniester, both sides quietly work with civil society to rebuild trust. (excerpt)
32. Tucker Carlson, When the Mueller report shows Trump didn’t collude with Russia, will anyone be punished?
33. MIT News: After the Cold War, an uncertain peace. In MIT talk, Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, explores tensions between the two countries.
34. The National Interest: Jyri Raaitasalo, America’s Constant State of Hybrid War. Shared Western notions of an ongoing hybrid war are corroding various societies and politics.

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