RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#84 :: Friday, 17 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#84 :: Friday, 17 May 2019
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1. Sean’s Russia Blog: Sean Guillory, Transcript: Russia Without Putin. (interview with Tony Wood)
2. Interfax: Russia has much work to do to build democracy “on ruins of socialism” – Zorkin.
3. Meduza: Trenin: Pompeo’s visit wasn’t about a reset or even detente.
4. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdeve, Russia is Finally Getting the ‘Great Power’ Talks That It Always Wanted. More than two years after Trump took office, the conditions may finally be in place to start the nineteenth-century-style “great power” talks that Russia has always hoped the United States would finally engage in.
5. New York Times: Putin’s Toughest Online Critic Brings His Name, and Wheelchair, Into the Light. Aleksandr Gorbunov, who built an online following as “StalinGulag,” is one of the Kremlin’s most vocal opponents.
6. Vedomosti: Poll reveals dissatisfaction with Russian healthcare.
7. Meduza: Klishin: everyone sees what they want to see in Yekaterinburg, no matter how boring it really is.
8. AP: Putin Calls for Compromise Over Orthodox Cathedral Standoff.
9. Interfax: Opponents of building church in Yekaterinburg hurl smoke charges near Moscow patriarchal residence
10. Paul Goble: Yekaterinburg ‘Beginning of the Revolution,’ SerpomPo Says.
11. Russia Beyond: What’s it like to ‘come out of the closet’ in Russia?
12. PONARS Eurasia: David Szakonyi, Banking on Politics: How Russia’s Banking Sector Clean-Up Affects Regime Stability. (excerpt)
13. TASS: Kommersant: Russia’s consumer confidence index plunges to historic low.
14. Kenneth Rapoza, Russia’s Largest Public Companies 2019: Sanctions No Match For Oil & Gas.
15. Countdown to zero: Russia continues dumping US debt.
16. ‘Russia is not a firefighting team, cannot save everything alone’ – Putin on Iranian nuclear deal.
17. Russian International Affairs Council: Anastasia Tolstukhina, Business in Need of Cyber Rules.
18. Valdai Discussion Club: Alexander Kramarenko, Euro-Atlantic Relations in an Era of New US Isolationism. The US trajectory can be characterised as a transition to an overtly isolationist policy, one that has deep roots in America and corresponds with the specific attitude of most Americans. Trump now personifies this older tradition of the American people, the Jacksonian one.
19. Defense One: Nuclear Weapons Are Getting Less Predictable, and More Dangerous. Facing steerable ICBMs and smaller warheads, the Pentagon seeks better tracking as the White House pursues an unlikely arms-control treaty.
20. Interfax: Russian general warns of Central Asia ‘crisis’ by 2020.
21. Russia, Iran: Anticipating Moscow’s Next Move Amid Heightened U.S. Pressure.
22. TASS: Nearly half of Ukrainians ready to support idea of Donbass autonomy, poll shows.
23. TASS: Zelensky to dissolve Ukrainian parliament, says aide.
24. Ukraine’s parliamentary coalition collapses, making snap elections impossible.
25. Paul Goble: Zelensky’s Victory and Poroshenko’s Defeat Offer Three Unwelcome Lessons for Ukraine, Tsipko Says.
26. Izvestia: Russian senior diplomat interviewed on relations with Ukraine. (Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin)
27. The Hill: John Solomon, Ukrainian who meddled against Trump in 2016 is now under Russia-corruption cloud. (Serhiy Leshchenko)
28. Moon of Alabama: Trump Administration Withholds Information That Could Debunk Russian Interference Claims. []
29. The Unz Review: C.J. Hopkins, The Disinformationists. []
30. The Cipher Brief: Kenneth Dekleva, The Many Faces of Vladimir Putin: A Political Psychology Profile. (January 2017)

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