RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#68 :: Monday, 22 April 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#68 :: Monday, 22 April 2019
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1. Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Russia is no place for young people. It’s almost impossible to find a decent salary and comfortable living conditions in Russia. For many young people, the only options are to build a life in Moscow or leave the country, says Anastasia Arinushkina.
2. Interfax: Voter turnout in 2nd round of election in Ukraine reaches 61.37% – CEC.
3. Interfax: Zelensky describes return of all Ukrainian POWs home as No 1 task.
4. Reuters: What Next? Comedian’s Win in Ukrainian Presidential Election Poses Riddle.
5. AP: Comic Who Vowed to Unite Ukraine Wins Votes in East and West.
6. TASS: Zelensky will hardly manage to disband Ukrainian parliament, analysts say.
7. TASS: Expert highlights new potential points of tension between Moscow, Kiev.
8. ‘No illusions’, but there are ‘chances’ – Russian PM on Ukraine elections and bilateral relations –
9. Interfax: Russia hopes Ukraine’s administration is ‘negotiable’ after election.
10. TASS: Media: Ukrainians expect change from Zelensky.
11. Bryan MacDonald, Poroshenko out, Zelensky in: West backed the wrong man in Ukraine & now it’s payback time.
12. Moscow Times: Ukraine’s Election Result Pleases Both Russia’s Opposition and the Kremlin. The two sides have for once found something they agree on – for different reasons.
13. Ukraine’s president-in-waiting Zelensky vows to end conflict in Donbass with ‘POWERFUL INFOWAR’  –
14. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Can Zelensky Make Ukraine Great Again? Is the ouster of Petro Poroshenko a turning point in Ukraine’s crisis or just another disappointment?
15. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, How Zelenskiy Beat Ukraine’s Establishment. Volodymyr Zelenskiy won by promising always to ask the people first.
16. International Crisis Group: Katharine Quinn-Judge, A Shadow over Ukraine’s Presidential Election. With Ukraine’s establishment forecasting doom after the presidential runoff, the far right’s influence on politics is impossible to ignore. Its resurgence is both a symptom and a cause of the country’s ills: there is less daylight between it and the political mainstream than either admits.
17. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Why frustrated Ukrainians may elect a comedian as president. Whom do voters turn to when elected leaders disappoint? Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko looks set to be trounced in elections Sunday, but not because of approval for his opponent, a TV comedian.
18. The Nation: Lev Golinkin, Ukraine’s Upcoming Election Pits a Deeply Unpopular President Against a TV Comedian. For millions of Ukrainian citizens mired in economic corruption, this election is anything but funny.
19. Meduza: Frolov: Zelenskiy’s presidency won’t be a picnic for Moscow.
20. Paul Goble: Poroshenko has Suffered Fate of Winston Churchill, Khandurin Says.
21. RFE/RL: A Partial To Do List For Ukraine’s President-Elect.
22. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, Did Crimeans Support Joining Russia? –

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