RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#2 table of contents with links :: Monday 5 January 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List
JRL 2015-#2 :: Monday 5 January 2015
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1. Nature World News: Siberian Methane Release is on the Rise, and That’s VERY Frightening.
2. Russia Direct: The Ukraine crisis has become more dangerous than just a new Cold War. RD Exclusive: Russia Direct sat down with eminent Russia scholar Richard Sakwa of the University of Kent to discuss his new book Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands and to analyze the geopolitical challenges ahead in 2015.
3. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, Russia closed out 2014 hurt by sanctions and its economic crisis. 2015 offers hope if Moscow can limit the damage in its Western vectors, push ahead with its Eurasian dream and strengthen its Asian options.
4. The Boston Globe: Russian science is amazing. So why hasn’t it taken over the world? We should all worry about a great power’s failure to convert on its knowledge, says MIT’s Loren Graham.
5. Russia Direct: Russian experts see paradigm shift for the world order in 2015. Russian think tank roundup: From Cuba to Ukraine and the Middle East, unprecedented and completely unexpected events in 2014 have many experts speculating about further changes to the world order in the year ahead.
6. RussEurope: Jacques Sapir, Russia: lessons of a crisis.
7. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, What Will Russia’s Recession Look Like?
8. Forbes.com: Mark Adomanis, Russia Is Still Ukraine’s Largest Trading Partner.
9. Paul Goble: Window on Eurasia: Any Russian Protests Ahead Likely to Be About Economic Issues Rather than Political Ones, Experts Say.
10. US News and World Report: Joseph Kucera, Decoding Vladimir Putin’s Plan Many say Russia’s leader is trying to strengthen his country’s position in the world.
11. Ekho Moskvy (Moscow): Putin departure “will not lead to regime change” – Ekho Moskvy editor. (Aleksey Venediktov)
12. Levada.ru: Half of Russians blame USA for Ukraine crisis – poll.
13. The National Interest: James Carden, Welcome to Cold War 2.0: Russia’s New and Improved Military Doctrine. The bear sharpens its claws.
14. New York Times: Ukraine Leader Was Defeated Even Before He Was Ousted. (DJ: I’d like to see a detailed assessment of this piece.)
15. Interfax: Diplomatic and military efforts should help bring peace back to eastern Ukraine – President Poroshenko.
16. Fort Russ: Joshua Tartakovsky, Is Poroshenko Preparing for Peace or War?
17. www.rt.com: ‘Something wrong with Ukraine, EU’: Czech leader condemns ‘Nazi torchlight parade’
18. Sputnik: Destabilizing Russia Disadvantageous for West: Czech Ex-President.
19. AFP: Russia ‘may face chaos’ if extra sanctions imposed: Germany.
20. St. Petersburg Times/The Calvert Journal: Agata Pyzik, GET REAL: WHY SOCIALIST REALIST PAINTING DESERVES ANOTHER LOOK. Since the end of the Soviet era, it’s been dismissed as the mediocre official art of the Communist Party. But socialist realism is much more varied and interesting than that.
21. Rossiyskiye Vesti: In Memory of Stanislav Mikhailovich Menshikov.
22. History News Network: William R. Polk, What’s Behind the Conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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