RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#78 :: Wednesday, 8 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#78 :: Wednesday, 8 May 2019
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1. Le Monde diplomatique: Serge Halimi and Pierre Rimbert, End of the crazy, easy spy stories. The media and the Mueller report. What will happen to the narrative in mainstream media after the Mueller report’s findings did not support the wilder stories of direct conspiracy between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin?
2. Wall Street Journal: Gregg Opelka, Putin’s Less-Than-Epic Mueller Retort. ‘A mountain gave birth to a mouse,’ Russia’s president says. Did Trump recognize the quote from Horace?
3. East Asia Forum: Dmitri Trenin, China, Russia and the United States contest a new world order.
4. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Russia’s Venezuela motives: It’s about the US, not Maduro. Historically, when Washington and Moscow have butted heads over a power struggle in a third-party nation, it’s been in a Cold War context. But the core issue over their divide on Venezuela today is simpler: staking out turf.
5. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, A Phony Cold War. –
6. TASS: Vedomosti: Russia, US may see a boost in high-level contacts.
7. TASS: Butina to be released from custody on November 5.
8. Russia Beyond: What do Russians really think of foreigners? –
9. RFE/RL: A Cathedral For Russia’s Armed Forces Has Clergy Wary Of Merging Militarism With Faith.
10. Paul Goble: ‘Does Russia Really Need a Victory Parade Every Year?’
11. AP: Reports show Russia’s terrible aviation record.
12. The National Interest: Nikolay Pakhomov, Russia’s Grand Plan to Gain Power In the Shadow of U.S. Sanctions. U.S. sanctions against Iran will result in the development of cooperation between Moscow and countries important to American foreign policy.
13. The Times (UK): Roger Boyes, Trump woos unlikely ally in new Cold War. The US president wants his Russian counterpart to join forces against China in the Arctic.
14. The Diplomat: James Dobbins, Howard J. Shatz, and Ali Wyne (RAND), China and Russia Pose Different Problems for the US. They Need Different Solutions. One is a resurgent power focused on economic preeminence; the other a declining power fomenting chaos.
15. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Daily views Russian spy boss’s list of grievances against West.
16. New York Times: U.S. Cyber Command Bolsters Allied Defenses to Impose Cost on Moscow.
17. Valdai Discussion Club: Yuri Kofner, Five Years On: The Eurasian Economic Union in Action. –
18. PONARS Eurasia: Andrey Makarychev, Russia’s “Opposition at a Distance”: The Liberal, Anti-Putin, and Pro-Western Consortia Outside Russian Borders.
19. Vedomosti: Daily says Russian passport to become country’s ‘strategic export’
20. Interfax: Putin calls for defending truth about common history in his greetings to Ukrainian people.
21. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Biden’s Ukraine Problem Has Nothing to Do With His Son. The former vice president showed poor foreign policy judgment in his bungling, boastful dealings with Kiev.
22. The American Interest: Peter Pomerantsev, CULTURAL RECOVERY. Zelensky, the Post-Soviet Man. Part of Zelensky’s appeal is that he offers a way for people who still feel close to Soviet and Russian pop culture to become politically European. –
23. Ukraine admits economy suffers dramatic losses thanks to anti-Russian policy. –
24. Ukrainian Minister Gloats Over Donbass Dead – “Let Them Suffer, I Don’t Feel Any Pity For Them!” –
25. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, Motive Matters in Trump Spygate. When intelligence actions are launched for political effect, we’re in trouble.
26. National Review: Andrew McCarthy, The FBI’s Trump-Russia Investigation Was Formally Opened on False Pretenses. The State Department and an Australian diplomat grossly exaggerated Papadopoulos’s claims – which were probably false anyway.
27. New York Times: An Airplane’s Extraordinary Story Recalls Bygone U.S.-Russian Amity.
28. The Real News Network: Why I’m Pro-Detente with Russia – RAI with Stephen Cohen. (5/5) [Link to all five parts of the interview with Stephen Cohen:]

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