RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#11 table of contents with links :: Friday 16 January 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2015-#11 :: Friday 16 January 2015
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1. www.thedailybeast.com: Jay Michelson, Russia’s “Trans Driving Ban” Doesn’t Really Target LGBT Community. It Actually Targets the Mentally Ill. An overhyped government decree had much different problems than the ones originally reported, but Western media coverage has led to an anti-LGBT backlash within Russia.
2. Russia Direct: Pavel Koshkin, Will Russia’s economic problems lead to social protests? Sociologists and experts at the Gaidar Economic Forum discounted the prospects for widespread social protests within Russia as a result of the nation’s declining economic fortunes. The key, they say, is the nation’s social capital.
3. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, PERSPECTIVE: It’s time for a new pan-European Security treaty.
4. Business New Europe: Derek Brower, BOOK REVIEW: Russia’s Mobutu? (re Karen Dawisha’s Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?)
5. Vedomosti: Citizens’ negative opinions of 2014 not transferred to Putin. (Andrey Sinitsyn)
6. Gordon Hahn: Putin Myths and Putin Ideology.
7. Kremlin.ru: State and Civil Society Forum. (Putin)
8. www.rt.com: ‘Anti-Maidan’ movement launched to oppose color revolutions in Russia.
9. OrientalReview.org: William Dunkerly, Putin’s Brain: Reading his mind for fun and profit.
10. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, Je Suis Charlie? Many Russians say ‘nyet.’ Both the Kremlin and the Russian public condemn the attacks last week on Charlie Hebdo. But they say that the magazine’s mockery of Islam was just as unacceptable, and should have been censored by authorities.
11. The Economist: Russia’s battered economy. Hardly tottering by. The Russian economy will take a long time to recover. It badly needs structural reforms that it is unlikely to get.
12. www.rt.com: Chinese and West to ‘invest heavily’ in Russia, despite challenges – Gaidar Forum.
13. Sputnik: Dmitry Babich, Western Media on the Russian “Crisis”: Unfounded “Schadenfreude”
14. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, Russia’s tech sector defies downturn.
15. 5 Kanal TV (Kyiv): Ukrainian security supremo warns of large-scale “continental war”
16. Euromaidan Press: It is time to speak Ukrainian in Ukraine.
17. Reuters: Ukraine Needs Foreign Backers to Help Rescue Economy, Minister Says.
18. Kyiv Post: Yatsenyuk’s faction favors Kolomoisky?
19. Interfax-AVN: Ukraine sold old nuclear missile design to Asian country – Russian source.
20. www.opendemocracy.net: Iannis Carras, Can Ukraine’s divided church help heal the divided country. In hardship, people turn to religion for help. Ukraine today is no exception. But is it the answer to the country’s problems?
21. Business New Europe: Ben Aris, EU split on maintaining Russian sanctions.
22. Russia Insider: EXCLUSIVE: The West’s Go-to MH17 Expert Is a Social Media Hack Who Pushed Syria Chemical Attack Lies. (also re Correctiv)
23. Kommersant: “In Ukraine, U.S interests are incompatible with the interests of the Russian Federation.” Stratfor chief George Friedman on the roots of the Ukraine crisis. (complete translation)
24. Business New Europe: Mark Adomanis, The rise and fall of the Eurasian Economic Union.
25. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Five reasons to watch Leviathan. Andrei Zvyagnitsev’s film has already taken home a Golden Globe and Palme d’Or at Cannes for best foreign film and it is now up for an Oscar. Still wonder if you should see it? Let RBTH erase any remaining doubts.
26. TASS: Leviathan: masterpiece or bid to blacken Russia and please the West?
27. Irrussianality Paul Robinson, AGAINST RUSSIA. (Ivan Ilyin’s 1948 “Against Russia.”)
28. Valdai Discussion Club: Andrei Kortunov, The Splendours and Miseries of Geopolitics.

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