RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#39 table of contents with links :: Friday 27 February 2015

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Johnson’s Russia List JRL 2015-#39 :: Friday 27 February 2015
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1. The National Interest: Mark Varga, Exposed: Ukraine’s Massive Witch Hunt. Tackling corruption, or an old-fashioned purge?

2. TASS: Luhansk republic leader promises referendum on its future if Ukraine changes policies.

3. Interfax: Kyiv claims partial withdrawal of militia’s heavy weaponry, relocation of forces.

4. BBC: Anatol Lieven, What West must do in Ukraine. It would be folly for the West to arm Ukraine, argues Prof Anatol Lieven in this personal viewpoint piece, but it must take a tough diplomatic line.

5. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian pundit sees Ukraine conflict as aftermath of Cold War. (Fedor Lukyanov)

6. Carnegie Council for Ethics in International AffairsL David Speedie, Then and Now: Eight Lingering Questions on U.S.-Russia-Ukraine.

7. Sputnik: US Should Stay Away From Ukraine, Let EU Solve Crisis – French Scholar. (Jean-Claude Empereur)

8. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, Europe Isn’t Really Worried About Putin.

9. Interfax: Russian upper house calls on “constructive forces” in Ukraine to focus on truce.

10. The Daily Telegraph (UK): Ronald Elephant, Deep mistrust threatens Ukraine’s shaky ceasefire. Rebel soldiers have one thing in common with rank-and-file Ukrainians: an almost complete lack of faith in their enemy’s willingness to fulfil the Minsk peace agreement.

11. RIA Novosti: Russians’ interest in Ukrainian developments on the rise – poll.

12. Bloomberg: Ukraine Left Behind as Russian Stock Gains Are Unmatched.

13. Mark Adomanis, While The West Was Debating About ‘Defensive Weapons,’ Ukraine’s Economy Collapsed.

14. Russian website eyes “soap opera” of Ukraine’s plans to introduce martial law.

15. Amanda Taub, Ukraine’s next war: how militias and warlords could create a second, worse conflict.

16. Fort Russ: “We are losing”–Maidan die-hard toys with the idea of military dictatorship.


18. Reuters: This time around, Russia-Ukraine gas feud is mostly hot air.

19. Ukraine pays Gazprom $15mn for 24 hours worth of gas.

20. Reuters: Ukraine crisis seen softening political ground for foreign farm land sales.

21. The Vineyard of the Saker: Ivan Lizin, At the finish line of deindustrialization: how Ukraine loses its industry.

22. James Pearce, Why Ukraine should not join The EU. An identity struggle and desire for EU and NATO alignments’ spreads the fire almost beyond control.

23. Reuters: Chinese diplomat tells West to consider Russia’s security concerns over Ukraine.

24. Boston Globe: Stephen Kinzer, Putin’s push into Ukraine is rational.

25. Sputnik: The West Has Written an Ideological Check to Ukraine Which It Can’t Cash.

26. Daniel McAdams, US, UK, Kiev in Violation of Minsk Agreement?

27. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, THE NEW CENSORSHIP?

28. Interfax: Over 73 percent of Russians admit crisis in Russia.

29. Bloomberg: Leonid Bershidsky, No, Obama, Russia’s Economy Isn’t ‘in Tatters’

30. Moscow Times: Q&A: Europe Will Always Need Russia, Says French Trade Chamber Chief. (Emmanuel Quidet)

31. Reuters: Don’t Kick Russia Out of SWIFT, Warns European Central Bank Policymaker.

32. TASS: Idea of revising Russian Constitution has backers and opponents.

33. Interfax: A third of Russians back opposition demands, only 22% believe rallies can be effective – poll.

34. ‘Opposition is necessary…but we wouldn’t vote for them,’ most Russians hold.

35. Russia Direct: Dmitry Polikanov, Russia is not yet ready to Spring ahead with new protests. With the large-scale “Spring” rally scheduled for this weekend, there is an increasing feel of worry among Russia’s population about the future of the country. So what’s next and how will the Kremlin respond to the demand for change?

36. The Diplomat: Dingding Chen, Is a China-India-Russia Coalition Inevitable? Although unlikely in the near future, the three powers share interests that bind them and pose a challenge to the U.S.

37. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Russian security services ready to help U.S. fight ISIS, says FSB chief.

38. Saakashvili Spearheading Push For U.S. Military Aid To Ukraine.

39. Washington Post: Top U.S. intelligence official backs arming Ukraine forces against Russia.

40. Sputnik: Ukrainians to Face Criminal Prosecution for Cooperation with Russian Media.

41. Paul Goble: Moscow Preparing Revolts in Major Ukrainian Cities, Poroshenko Ally Says.

42. Kharkiv terrorists received weapons and funding from Russia GRU.

43. Euromaidan Press: DNR terrorists economize by killing mercenaries – journalist.

44. The Interpreter: Russia Under Putin and Beyond – Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Speech at Chatham House.

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia Map of Commonwealth of Independent States, European Portion