RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#89 :: Wednesday, 29 May 2019

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2019-#89 :: Wednesday, 29 May 2019
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1. Russian business ombudsman Titov complains to Putin about the poor investment climate.
2. Moscow Times: Economists Forecast 6th Year of Falling Incomes for Russians.
3. RFE/RL: Nearly Half Of Russian Families Can Afford Only Food, Clothing.
4. Paul Goble: ‘Russians Don’t Want to Be Proud but Naked,’ Polls Suggest.
5. Bear Market Blog: MinFin: Foreign bond sales rise, deterring new US sanctions.
6. Vedomosti: Russia’s youth seen pro-Kremlin, but not ‘conformists.’ (Alexei Levinson)
7. Carnegie Moscow Center: Andrei Pertsev, Symbolism and Radicalization: The New Russian Protest.
8. Voice of America: Reports of Putin Fathering Twins Test Free Speech in Russia.
9. The Atlantic: Eva Hartog, Is Stalin Making a Comeback in Russia? A statue of the Soviet dictator in Russia’s third-largest city says much about the country today. But it’s not necessarily a win for the Kremlin.
10. Moscow Times/Vedomosti: Vladimir Ruvinsky, Russians Are Not Waiting for a Church Boom. The number of parishioners risks falling dramatically out of sync with the sharp rise in the number of churches.
11. Vedomosti: Russia: paper takes wry view of church real estate controversy.
12. The Economist: God’s army. Religious zeal is surging in Russia’s military forces. The Russian Orthodox church claims credit for preserving the country’s nuclear arsenal. It is extending its reach ever farther.
13. Obeying Washington? ‘New’ NATO strategy parrots hawkish US posture.
15. Wall Street Journal: U.S. Says Russia Likely Conducting Low- Yield Nuke Tests, Defying Test Ban Treaty. Intelligence assessment marks first time U.S. has said Kremlin failed to observe Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty commitments.
16. Here’s how Russia is advancing a “post-West” order, says foreign policy expert. (Angela Stent)
17. Global Review: Interview with Prof. Rahr, former adviser of Gazprom for the EU: “Russia’s main goal is to become an independent and dominant pole in the new polycentric world order”. (Alexander Rahr) (excerpt) []
18. PONARS Eurasia: Ivan Kurilla, Toward the Possibility of a New U.S.-Russian “Reset”: Does Their Hot & Cold Past Foretell Their Future?
19. Asia Times: Pepe Escobar, Far from quiet on the US vs Russia-China front. Kazakhs fear impacts of new ‘cold war’, but Putin is adamant Eurasian integration will go ahead.
20. Meduza: Opinion: Vladislav Surkov’s personal mythology is being tested in eastern Ukraine.
21. Legal battle over Ukraine snap elections snowballs.
22. Kyiv Post: Volker: Zelenskiy’s success in election signals ‘high expectations’
23. Interfax-Ukraine: Volker set to continue dialogue with Russian side to resolve Donbas situation.
24. TASS: US seeks to freeze Donbass conflict in wake of Poroshenko’s defeat, says expert.
25. The National Interest: Rawi Abdelal and Galit Goldstein, How Russia Found a Disinformation Haven in America. There is no good solution to the election-meddling efforts foreign countries are making via social-media platforms. Policymakers should expect that tech sector regulatory proposals will be far from adequate. (excerpt)
26. Spectator USA: Roger Kimball, Let’s call the Russian collusion ‘hoax’ what it really is. “The term ‘hoax’ is wholly inadequate to describe the enormity of the political scandal that was perpetrated against Donald Trump” (excerpt)
27. Sean’s Russia Blog: The Judeo-Bolshevik Myth. (interview with Paul Hanebrink)

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