RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#38 :: Wednesday, 4 March 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: 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 –
4. TASS: Putin stresses 2008 promise to prevent rerun of 1998 meltdown was full of risk.
5. On stability and stagnation in economy (interview to TASS) –
6. Russia slowly getting over its oil addiction, says Putin –
7. Protect Putin from Covid-19: Kremlin’s new mission as epidemic spreads worldwide –
8. Putin: Foreign misinformation BOTS spreading fears about coronavirus on Russian social media –
9. ‘Do wear masks but don’t think you’re safe’: Top Soviet virologist & WHO expert explains Covid-2019 & debunks popular myths –
10. Bryan MacDonald, Putin’s constitutional changes: Proposals include ban on same-sex marriage & special place for God –
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 –
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. 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 –
24. Through Russia Eyes: Jonathan Haslam, Afghanistan: Russia’s New Ally? –
25. 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. –
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. Matthew Ehret, The Multipolar Alliance Induces Rumpelstiltskin’s Self-Destruction –
30. AP: Ukrainian Parliament Set to Accept PM’s Resignation.
31. 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 –
32. 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. Few are as elated at Biden’s ‘historic comeback’ as Putin’s self-proclaimed arch-enemy McFaul –
35. New Books Network: Jennifer Eremeeva, Beyond the North Wind: Russia in Recipes and Lore by Darra Goldstein. (Including podcast interview)
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