RUSSIA & UKRAINE: JRL 2015-#95 table of contents with links :: Johnson’s Russia List – Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2015-#95 :: Tuesday 12 May 2015
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1. Irrussianality: Paul Robinson, The Self-Hating Russian.
2. The National Interest: Dmitri Trenin, Russia’s Victory Day Celebration: Much More Than Just a Parade. Five key takeaways from this year’s show in Red Square.
3. Russia Direct: Russia’s Victory Day, through the eyes of the Russian media. Russian media roundup: Russia’s celebration of Victory Day on May 9 had a number of important implications for Russian foreign policy, including the future of relations with both China and Germany.
4. Interview to Rossiya television channel.
5. Bloomberg: Leonid Ragozin, Putin’s Tanks Draw Cheers in Russian City Jammed Between NATO Nations. (Kaliningrad)
6. Russia Insider: Alexander Mercouris, The Truth About the Soviet German Non-Aggression Pact of August 23rd 1939 and Its Secret Protocol. In no part of its text does the Secret Protocol assign Polish or Baltic territory to the USSR or Nazi Germany.
7. Russia Direct: Nikolay Pakhomov, The future of Russian conservatism is a lot less scary than the West thinks. Against a background of rising conservative-patriotic sentiment in Russian society, Russian conservatives should explain how their ideology and views differ from those of the far right and far left.
8. Vedomosti: Russian experts question purpose of “Putin majority” research.
9. Financial Times: We Russians need better ideas for life after Putin. We should engage with the west as equals, not as wards, writes Evgeny Gontmakher.
10. Russia Insider: Sandy Krolick, The Commies Are Coming: Sorting Through the Fog of Propaganda. We must learn to identify where our own prejudices and presuppositions are really inhibiting our view of what may in fact be happening. This is the West’s challenge today in response to the volume of propaganda being hurled in our direction about Putin and Russia.
11. Interfax: Issue of lifting sanctions from Russia should be raised by EU – Naryshkin.
12. Rossiyskaya Gazeta: Russian business union head reviews economy’s response to sanctions. (Aleksandr Shokhin)
13. Wall Street Journal: Stephen Sestanovich, Signs Putin Doesn’t Think He’s Lost the Sanctions Game.
14. Ruble-yuan settlements booming, set to reshape global finance.
15. The Market Mogul: Gazprom’s Undervalued Potential.
16. Greece & Turkish Stream: ‘Athens in Russia v West, investment v debt dilemma.’ (interview with Patrick Henningsen)
17. Moscow Times: Russian Polluters Evading Huge Environmental Fines.
18. Moscow Times: Moscow Government Approves Plans for Russian Disneyland.
19. Moscow Times: John Freedman, Authorities Again Threatened by Bolotnaya Square. [a play]
20. 60% of Russians see US as threat & hindrance to development – poll.
21. New York Times: Kerry Arrives in Russia for Talks With Vladimir Putin on Cooperation.
22. Sputnik: Pepe Escobar, The Pentagon’s ‘Long War’ Pits NATO Against China, Russia and Iran.
23. Russia Insider: Johanna Ganyukova, Russian Studies in the UK: Woefully Inadequate.


24. MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI, Poroshenko’s Four Ds. The Ukrainian president outlines the roadmap to “a new, democratic, European Ukraine.”
25. SACEUR, analysts see Russia renewing invasion of Ukraine in next two months.
26. The Daily Signal: Lessons From Iraq Help US Troops Train Ukrainians.
27. International Business Times: To Defeat Rebels, Ukraine Military Might Allow Foreigners To Join Armed Forces.
28. Poroshenko violates Minsk deal vowing to recapture Donetsk Airport – Kremlin.
29. Natylie Baldwin, Deconstructing the Ukraine War: The Players and Their Interests.
30. Natalia Antonova, Victory Day in Kyiv. Ukraine has a new holiday – 8 May, Day of Remembrance – and a new symbol, the poppy. But 9 May remains, as a reminder of the fact that war is ‘never a pretty story.’
31. Gordon Hahn, Victory Day, Ukraine, Communism, and Fascism Through a Counterfactual Prism.
32. Mark Adomanis, Russian and Ukrainian Propaganda Through the Looking Glass.
33. AP: Ukraine Erases Communist Reminders as It Tries to Ditch Past.
34. United State Holocaust Memorial Museum: Statement on Ukrainian Legislation on Historical Research and Debate.
35. Interfax: Donbass “republics” ready to discuss autonomy within Ukraine-rebel chiefs.
36. TASS: Donetsk, Luhansk republics say election proposals forwarded to Contact Group on Ukraine.
37. Kyiv Post: Residents in bombed buffer zone between Ukraine, Russian-controlled east cling to peace hopes.
38. Richard Sakwa, Book Review: Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer, ‘Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order.’ Truth may well be the first victim of war, and fair-minded and dispassionate accounts of events in Ukraine are rare.
39. RFE/RL: Nemtsov Report Says More Than 200 Russian Soldiers Killed In Ukraine War.
40. PONARS Eurasia: Mikhail Alexseev and Henry E. Hale, A New Wave of Russian Nationalism? What Really Changed in Public Opinion after Crimea.

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