RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#50 :: Tuesday, 26 March 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#50 :: Tuesday, 26 March 2019
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DJ: I draw your attention to the lengthy and substantive piece by Matt Bivens, #19 below, “Russiagate: The Great Tragic Comedy of Modern Journalism.” Some will remember Matt from the 1990s when he has editor of the Moscow Times, back when it was essential reading.

1. Twitter: Michael McFaul, “So if the Mueller report allegedly shows no Russian conspiracy with or leverage over our president, how do we now explain Trump’s consistent, unwavering praise of Putin?”
2. The National Interest: Ted Galen Carpenter, The Myth that Won’t Die: Donald Trump as Russia’s Puppet. Trump’s actual policies toward Russia are in contrast to the notion that he is “doing Putin’s bidding.”
3. TASS: Media: Russia-US relationship gets second chance.
4. TASS: Russia seeks to give extra impetus for economic cooperation with US – Lavrov.
5. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Pundit views causes of population decline in Russia. (Igor Nikolayev)
6. Moscow Times: 94% of Russians Are Concerned About the Environment, Poll Says.
7. TASS: Media: Russians see some prospects for online elections.
8. Last nail in petrodollar coffin? Gazprom could help Russia shift away from greenback.
9. Bear Market Brief: Kremlin regrets Trump’s recognition of Golan Heights.
10. Washington Post: With Mueller gone, can Trump pursue his dream of a Russian reset?
11. Carnegie Moscow Center: Alexey Arbatov, Nuclear Deterrence: A Guarantee or Threat to Strategic Stability? (excerpt)
12. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, An Insider’s Guide to Russia’s Political Interference Preferences. Russia may have less propensity to duplicate the tactics utilized during the U.S., French and German elections in other parts of the world.
13. Awful Avalanche: Lutsenko, From Under The Bus, Refutes Russian Collusion. –
14. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, NO COLLUSION. QUELLE SURPRISE!
15. Moscow Times: Mark Galeotti, Mueller Provides Scant Real Relief for Russia. Mutual paranoia, scapegoating and mistrust will dominate the bilateral agenda in the coming years.
16. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, R.I.P. Russiagate. Here’s What We Learned. Looking for external enemies is counterproductive for both Russia and the U.S.
17. Wall Street Journal: William McGurn, Mueller Exposes Spy Chiefs. Did our intel leaders have any evidence when they pushed the Russia collusion line?
18. New York Times: Amy Chozick, After Mueller Report, News Media Leaders Defend Their Works. (excerpt)
19. Matt Bivens, Russiagate: The Great Tragic Comedy of Modern Journalism.
20. Reuters: Unpredictable Election Makes Ukraine’s Friends Wary.
21. Interfax: Russian Orthodox Church expects Ukrainian authorities not to force believers to join new church following elections.
22. Strategic Culture Foundation: James George Jatras, In Ukraine’s Presidential Vote the Joker’s Wild. –
23. Coming out of political hibernation: Why Russian PM Medvedev met with Ukraine’s wannabe prez? –
24. Bretton Woods Research: Ukraine Elections: Post-Poroshenko Era in the Offing?

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