RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#51 :: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#51 :: Wednesday, 27 March 2019
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1. Russia Takes on Its Demographic Decline.
2. Interfax: Butina incarcerated in U.S. losing weight due to prison food, long period of stress – newspaper.
3. Moscow Times: Aaron Schwartzbaum, Zastoi Story: Why Putin Remains Unchallenged. Don’t expect a people’s revolution in Russia anytime soon.
4. Vedomosti: Pundit says Russian regime no longer counts on post-Crimea consensus. (Fyodor Krasheninnikov)
5. Paul Goble: As Opposition Wins Mount, Russians Increasingly Believe Their Votes Matter, Analysts Say.
6. PONARS Eurasia: Anna Sanina, Who Spearheads Patriotic Upbringing in Russia? On the Importance of School Teachers.
7. Meduza: Russia’s top government officials embroiled in criminal investigations over the past two decades.
8. Moscow Times: More Than 1,300 Russian Officials Fired for Corruption in 2018 – Prosecutors.
9. TASS: Can’t do the time, don’t do the crime: Russia hits mob bosses with longer jail terms.
10. AP: Putin Calls on Russia to Play by Doping Rules for Olympics.
11. TASS: Kommersant: Ford to drastically downsize in Russia.
12. Russia-US trade turnover hit $25 billion & rising despite sanctions – Lavrov.
13. Xinhua: Russia has sufficient resources to implement national projects: Medvedev.
14. Bloomberg: U.S. Business Group Warns Russia on Impact of Investor Jailing.
15. TASS: Western campaign to fight fake news transformed into public deception – expert.
16. Wall Street Journal: Mark Yost, ‘The Polar Bear Expedition’ Review: Frozen Doughboys. The American operation in Russia of 1918-19 was misguided. Vague orders from President Wilson doomed it to mission creep.
17. The Onion: Shocked Vladimir Putin Slowly Realizing He Didn’t Conspire With Trump Campaign.
18. Rolling Stone: Matt Taibbi, As the Mueller Probe Ends, New Russiagate Myths Begin. Donald Trump couldn’t have asked for a juicier 2020 campaign issue
19. The Nation: Aaron Mate, RIP, Russiagate. The implosion of the collusion theory is a humiliation for everyone who promoted it.
20. City Journal (New York): Paul Starobin, Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole. The Mueller Report won’t soothe a paranoid frenzy to undo the 2016 election. 22. New York Times: Farhad Manjoo, Collusion Was a Seductive Delusion. It’s our own fault we elected Trump.
21. New York Times: Farhad Manjoo, Collusion Was a Seductive Delusion. It’s our own fault we elected Trump.
22. Mueller Madness graphic.
22a. New York Post: Sohrab Ahmari, Mueller Madness: The media pundits who got it most wrong.
23. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, What Mueller Won’t Say. Did he investigate the Steele dossier? If not, he didn’t really investigate.
24. TASS: US media should apologize for two years of anti-Russian propaganda – Foreign Ministry.
25. Paul Goble: Mueller Investigation Result Opens Way for a Putin Visit to Washington This Year, Frolov Says.
26. PRI: What does the end of the Mueller investigation mean for US-Russian relations? (interview with Michael McFaul)
27. Washington Post: Daniel Drezner, Why there will be no warming of Russian-American ties. Meet the post-Mueller world, same as the pre-Mueller world.
28. Kenneth Rapoza, In Ukraine, A Make Believe Politician Prepares For The Presidency.
29. Council on Foreign Relations: Stephen Sestanovich, Why Ukraine Might Make a TV Actor Its President. Ukraine’s presidential campaign-the first since the upheavals of 2014-is drawing to a close, and the most improbable of candidates has taken the lead. Could he really become the country’s next president?
30. Facebook: Fred Weir, Re Ukraine and Trump.
31. TASS: Ukrainian state agencies turn into ‘media killers’ for Poroshenko’s opponents, expert says.
32. AP: Ukraine’s Ultra-Right Increasingly Visible as Election Nears.
33. Confessions! Secret Services of Ukraine Ran Black Prisons in Donbass For Political Dissidents.

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