RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2020-#40 :: Friday, 6 March 2020

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2020-#40 :: Friday, 6 March 2020
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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, No more Kafka: Russian bureaucrats now offer service with a smile. When an infamously unpleasant bureaucracy is replaced with a friendly, modern version, few are going to complain. But when it happens in an autocracy, it raises a question: Why now?
2. Moscow Times: Alcohol Deaths Plummet as ‘Warmest Winter’ Hits Russia.
3. Moscow Times: Russian Women Are Ready to Reclaim Once-Forbidden Jobs. Women are training for professions that have been closed to them for decades.
4. Moscow declares HIGH ALERT over coronavirus threat, imposes mandatory self-quarantines & workplace health checks.
5. Moscow Times: Michele Berdy, The Expat Russian Language Guide to Coronavirus.
6. TASS: Russian and American scientists discover new microbe fighting mechanism in Baikal bacteria.
7. AP: Putin Dismisses Talk About Extending His Rule.
8. AP: Putin: Russia needs constitutional changes to move forward.
9. TASS: New attempts to “destabilize” situation in Russia unacceptable – Putin.
10. Twitter: András Tóth-Czifra, Putin says he won’t chair the State Council.
11. Meeting with State Duma party faction leaders.
12. ‘Make it a national holiday of LIBERATION’: Russian activists celebrate anniversary of Stalin’s death.
13. Levada Center: Ratings-Detailed Charts.
14. Wall Street Journal: Discord in Kremlin Helps Putin Remain Russia’s No. 1. Russian leader moves to extend his dominance by sowing rifts and changing law.
15. NYU Jordan Center: Ekaterina Vassilieva, Gesamtkunstwerk Putin?
16. RFE/RL: Russia Looks To Lure Citizens To Energy-Rich But Foreboding Arctic Regions.
17. Russia’s inflation headed towards lowest level in post-Soviet history
18. NOPEC! Oil prices plummet after Russia rejects new crude production cuts.
19. Russia Controls The Oil Market At OPEC Today.
20. Erdogan, Putin agree Syria truce.
21. Fyodor Lukyanov, Stress test passed: Russia and Turkey continue to work in Syria.
22. Scott Ritter, New Putin-Erdogan deal is sugar-coating the Turks’ surrender.
23. The Unz Review: The Saker, Erdogan Loses the Battle, But the War Is Far from Over.
25. Observer Research Foundation (ORF): Nivedita Kapoor, BRICS in Russian foreign policy.
26. The Diplomat: Sunjae Kim and Taeho Kim, What Their Ever-Changing ‘Consultations’ Tell Us About China-Russia Relations. The vice-ministerial talks touch on THAAD, the Korean Peninsula, and (implicitly) soft balancing.
27. TASS: Kommersant: Russia’s senior diplomat sees future for Non-Proliferation Treaty.
28. Starting a nuclear conflict now ‘a political option’ for Washington, Moscow believes.
29. The Guardian (UK): Trump picks official involved in Bush-era torture program as his nuclear envoy.
30. Carnegie Moscow Center: Konstantin Skorkin, Ukraine’s Unromantic Reshuffle. Having dismissed his young government, President Zelensky risks joining the ranks of Ukraine’s failed reformers. The reshuffle is being seen as a victory for business as usual and oligarchic interests.
31. BMB Ukraine: Three Questions to… Brian Milakovsky. (re Donbass)
32. TASS: The Netherlands seeks to exert pressure on court ahead of MH17 case hearing – diplomat.
33. AP: MH17 Families Hope Truth Emerges From Unprecedented Trial.
34. TASS: Ukraine’s new PM denies his own words on water supply to Crimea.
35. Washington Post: David Ignatius, The Ukraine conversation Joe Biden needs to have.
36. Washington Post: State Department blames ‘swarms of online, false personas’ from Russia for wave of coronavirus misinformation online
37. New York Times: As Bernie Sanders Pushed for Closer Ties, Soviet Union Spotted Opportunity. Previously unseen documents from a Soviet archive show how hard Mr. Sanders worked to find a sister city in Russia when he was a mayor in the 1980s. Moscow saw a chance for propaganda.
38. National Public Radio (NPR): How Russia Is Trying To Boost Bernie Sanders’ Campaign.
39. National Public Radio (NPR): Report: Russian Election Trolling Becoming Subtler, Tougher To Detect.
40. Counterpunch: Jeremy Kuzmarov, The Long Roots of Our Russophobia.
41. Counterpunch: Andrew Levine, Russian Meddling Again.
42. New York Times: The Job of a Moscow Correspondent: Putin, Politics and Frozen Reindeer Meat. Anton Troianovski has traveled to the far reaches of the Russian Arctic to better understand life across the country’s 11 time zones.

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