RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#38 :: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
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1. Gizmodo: Moscow Didn’t Get a Winter This Year.
2. The BlogMire: Rob Slane, The Salisbury Poisonings Two Years On: A Riddle, Wrapped in a Cover Up, Inside a Hoax – theblogmire.com/the-salisbury-poisonings-two-years-on-a-riddle-wrapped-in-a-cover-up-inside-a-hoax/
3. Dances With Bears: John Helmer, CYBER SOLDIERS PENETRATE THE SKRIPAL CASE – johnhelmer.net/cyber-soldiers-penetrate-the-skripal-case/print/
4. TASS: Putin stresses 2008 promise to prevent rerun of 1998 meltdown was full of risk.
5. Kremlin.ru: On stability and stagnation in economy (interview to TASS) – en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/62931
6. www.rt.com: Russia slowly getting over its oil addiction, says Putin – rt.com/business/482270-russia-oil-addiction-putin/
7. www.rt.com: Protect Putin from Covid-19: Kremlin’s new mission as epidemic spreads worldwide – rt.com/russia/482289-protect-putin-from-covid/
8. www.rt.com: Putin: Foreign misinformation BOTS spreading fears about coronavirus on Russian social media – rt.com/russia/482299-russian-social-media-coronavirus-misinformation/
9. www.rt.com: ‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths – rt.com/news/482120-coronavirus-masks-russian-virologist/
10. www.rt.com: Bryan MacDonald, Putin’s constitutional changes: Proposals include ban on same-sex marriage & special place for God – rt.com/russia/482223-putin-constitution-changes-proposal/
11. Russian and Eurasian Politics: Gordon Hahn, Unintended Consequences and Putin’s Constitutional Reforms
12. Facebook: Pietro Shakarian, Constitutional Discussions.
13. Meduza: ‘Which god did Putin have in mind, exactly?’ In unusually extensive back-and-forth with journalists, Kremlin spokesman engages on questions of God, history, and presidential responsibility for constitutional change.
14. Awful Avalanche: And Still On the Topic Of Religion – awfulavalanche.wordpress.com/2020/03/04/and-still-on-the-topic-of-religion/
15. Paul Goble: More than 10 Times as Many Russians are Focusing on the Coronavirus than on Putin’s Latest Moves, New Poll Reports.
16. Paul Goble: Fewer than Half of Russians Value Competitive Elections or Freedom of Religion or Speech, Pew Research Reports.
17. Foreign Policy: Robert Service, Selling Your Soul to the Kremlin A new book chronicles the Faustian bargain that Russians-from holy men to human rights activists-have made with Vladimir Putin’s government. (re Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia by Joshua Yaffa)
18. Intellinews.com: Vladimir Tikhomirov, What will the impact of a global pandemic be on the world and Russian economy? The coronavirus threatens to cause a global recession, but thanks to sanctions Russia has been shock-proofed, but even it won’t escape unscathed.
19. Moscow Times: Putin’s Spending Boost Won’t Be Enough To Lift Russians Out of Poverty, Audit Chamber Warns. Russia’s plans to spend an extra $60 billion to raise living standards will fall short of the government’s ambitious poverty-reduction targets, the watchdog says.
20. Moscow Times: Daniel Kozin, Is Russia Finally Waking Up to Climate Change? Russia is the world’s fourth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases but has so far failed to adopt meaningful reduction targets.
21. RFE/RL: ‘Were The Builders Morons?’ Russia’s First Theme Park Leaves Few Amused.
22. TASS: Izvestia: Trump agrees to attend summit of five permanent UNSC members.
23. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrey Sushentsov, Strategic Conditions of Russia-China Entente – valdaiclub.com/a/highlights/strategic-conditions-of-russia-china-entente/
24. Through Russia Eyes: Jonathan Haslam, Afghanistan: Russia’s New Ally? – throughrussianeyes.com/2020/03/03/afghanistan-russias-new-ally/
25. Consortiumnews.com: Patrick Lawrence, Moscow’s Difficult Decision on Idlib. Turkey’s leader, who nurses dreams of some kind of neo-Ottoman restoration across the Middle East, is now on a reckless tear. – consortiumnews.com/2020/03/03/patrick-lawrence-moscows-difficult-decision-on-idlib/
26. The National Interest: Connor Dilleen, It Could Be War: Turkey and Russia Are Playing a Dangerous Game in Syria. They can still pull back from the brink.
27. The National Interest: Ali Demirdas, Russia’s Power Struggle Over the Syrian War Has Prompted Turkey to Seek U.S. Assistance. It is now evident that the Ankara-Moscow cooperation has reached its limits in Syria.
28. Financial Times editorial: Erdogan’s pivot to Putin has left Turkey weaker. Turkish leader is doing Kremlin’s bidding with refugee threat to EU.
29. www.strategic-culture.org: Matthew Ehret, The Multipolar Alliance Induces Rumpelstiltskin’s Self-Destruction – strategic-culture.org/news/2020/03/04/the-multipolar-alliance-induces-rumpelstiltskins-self-destruction/
30. AP: Ukrainian Parliament Set to Accept PM’s Resignation.
31. theduran.com: To pay debts Ukraine will have to sell land. The Verkhovna Rada is currently considering a bill to lift a moratorium on the sale of agricultural land – theduran.com/to-pay-debts-ukraine-will-have-to-sell-land/
32. Foxnews.com: Trump campaign sues Washington Post for libel over ‘false, defamatory statements’ about Russia ‘conspiracy’
33. New American: Biden-Burisma Docs Sought as Former Veep Seeks Super Tuesday Win.
34. www.rt.com: Few are as elated at Biden’s ‘historic comeback’ as Putin’s self-proclaimed arch-enemy McFaul – rt.com/usa/482293-mcfaul-biden-historic-comeback/
35. New Books Network: Jennifer Eremeeva, Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein. (Including podcast interview)
[Text with podcast interview: newbooksnetwork.com/darra-goldstein-beyond-the-north-wind-russia-in-recipes-and-lore-random-house-2020/]