RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#12 :: Saturday, 18 January 2020

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2. Interfax: Putin promises to create open WWII archives center to counter historical distortion.
3. Interfax: Priority of Russian law over international can be affirmed without amendments to Chapter 1 of Constitution – expert.
4. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, REPORT: Putin’s Perestroika?
5. Irrussianality; Paul Robinson, RUSSIA REACTS.
6. The Conversation: Richard Sakwa, Russia’s constitutional changes are designed to perpetuate power of Vladimir Putin’s elite.
7. The Unz Review: Anatoly Karlin, The Outlines of Post-Putin Russia –
8. Mark Galeotti, Two cheers, maybe, for Putin’s ‘January Revolution’?
9. AP: Putin’s Moves Leave Russian Opposition With Few Options.
10. The Bell: A new era in Russian politics.
11. Foreign Policy: Alexander Baunov, Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement. The Russian president may never leave the political stage-but he’s now ready to take a step back.
12. Ian Bremmer, What Happens Next With Russia’s Politics.
13. Brookings Institution: What does Putin’s government shakeup mean for his role in Russia? Interview with Angela Stent. –
14. New York Times: Andrew Kramer, Putin and the Art of Stepping Down Gracefully While Keeping a Grip on Power. The Russian president may be leaving the presidency in 2024, but he is not about to retire. That could be dangerous for Russian stability – and himself.
15. The Times (UK): Ben MacIntyre, Putin has learnt from Stalin’s life and death. Russia’s leader will never stand down and aims to ensure that no rival has the power to rewrite his legacy.
16. Financial Times: Henry Foy and Max Seddon, Russia’s political shake-up: Putin forever. The leader has made it clear to would-be usurpers that he still has many options to retain power.
17. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, 50 Ways to Leave Your Government.
18. Russia Reviewed: J.T.’s 2020 Russia(n) bookshelf: An optimistic forecast.
19. Michael Brenner, Hyper Over Russian Hypersonics. The West is out of practice when it comes to serious strategic appraisal of the U.S.-Russian arms race. –
20. Washington Times: Edward Lozansky, Can Russia be key in fighting climate change? Russia tree planting would represent a benign form of international partnership.
21. Wall Street Journal: Holman Jenkins, The Comey Coverup Unravels. The FBI, the CIA and the press all have much to be embarrassed about.
22. Iran was spooked by US stealth fighter reports when it shot down airliner says Lavrov.
23. TASS: West demands from Russia to plead guilty in MH17 crash regardless of evidence, says Lavrov.
24. Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Foreign Ministry’s answers to media questions for a news conference on Russia’s diplomatic performance in 2019 –

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