Russian Bills Banning ‘Fake News,’ Insults Head To Putin For Signature

Satellite Dishes

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – March 13, 2019 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russian-bills-banning-fake-news-insults-head-to-putin-for-signature/29819238.html) Legislation enabling Russian authorities to block websites and hand out punishment for “fake news” and material deemed insulting to the state or the public is headed to President Vladimir Putin’s desk for his signature. The legislation, which Putin’s own […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#41 :: Wednesday, 13 March 2019

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Why the ‘Reset’ Didn’t Last

Putin and Obama with U.S. and Russian Flags

(Russia Matters – russiamatters.org – Nini Arshakuni, Angelina Flood, Natasha Yefimova-Trilling – December 8, 2019 – russiamatters.org/analysis/why-reset-didnt-last) Ten years ago this week, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed up on Vice President Joe Biden’s proposed “reset” in relations with Moscow by giving her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, a symbolic red button marked “RESET.” While the English version of the […]

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Putin Preparing Russians for War Much as Stalin Did in 1938-1939

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 9, 2019) Two out of three Russians now believe that their country will be involved in a major war (a-nalgin.livejournal.com/1661358.html), the result of a concerted effort by Vladimir Putin and his regime to convince them of that, an effort that in many ways resembles the one Stalin engaged in during the […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Audit Chamber Chairman Kudrin in favor of mitigating sanctions through talks” – Interfax

Alexei Kudrin file photo

MOSCOW. March 14 (Interfax) – Russia should seek to mitigate the Western sanctions by synchronizing the efforts of the ministries of foreign affairs, the interior, and economic development, and other agencies toward a better investment climate, Audit Chamber Chairman Alexei Kudrin said. “We need a friendly global environment, we need to enter these [foreign] markets and operate in various jurisdictions, […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia’s Natural Resources Make Up 60% of GDP” – Moscow Times

Gas Flame file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 14, 2019) Russia’s Natural Resources and Environment Ministry estimates that the combined cost of the country’s oil, gas and other resources amounts to 60 percent of its gross domestic product, the RBC news website reported on Thursday. As one of the world’s top producers of natural gas and oil, Russia’s economy is heavily reliant […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Ukraine expecting 700 observers, 800 journalists to arrive for presidential election – State Border Service” – Interfax

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

KYIV. March 14 (Interfax) – Ukraine is expecting about 700 foreign observers and 800 foreign journalists to arrive for its presidential election of March 31, Ukrainian State Border Service spokesman Oleh Slobodyan said at a press briefing in Kyiv on Thursday. “Emphasis will be put on the arrivals of international observers and accredited media representatives. As of now, about 700 […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#40 :: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

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RUSSIALINK: “‘Point of No Return’: Russia’s Libertarians Lead Protest Against ‘Sovereign Internet’; A draft law aimed at creating an internet that can be cut off from the rest of the world’s has raised fears that Russia could turn into the next North Korea.” – Moscow Times

File Image of Stylized Eye Surrounded by Binary Code

(Moscow Times – Evan Gershkovich – March 10, 2019 – themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/10/point-of-no-return-russias-libertarians-lead-protest-against-sovereign-internet-a64758) It was Saturday afternoon and Mikhail Svetov was buzzing with nervous energy. Just 24 hours later, the member of Russia’s Libertarian Party would be leading a protest against a draft bill aimed at creating a so-called sovereign internet. “I see signals that something unusual is happening. Something similar to […]

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Public Squabbling by Members of Russian Elites Ushering in New Kind of Politics, Davydov Says

File Photo of Kremlin Aerial View, adapted from .gov source

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 8, 2019) For most of Vladimir Putin’s reign, members of his power elite have presented themselves in public as the united supporters of his regime, Ivan Davydov says; but now “the situation has changed,” with some of these people sharply criticizing others among this category, a development that opens the door […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “35 Key People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need To Be Investigated; As their desperate search for collusion continues, Democrats want to interview 81 people. Try this list instead.” – The Federalist/ Willis L. Krumholz

U.S. Capitol in Bright Sunlight

“… Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have just sent letters to 81 people … associated with … Trump or the Russia probe … to continue their hunt for proof of Russia collusion … as … Mueller’s investigation appears to be winding down. … Was the Kremlin behind this whole thing, in order to sow distrust in the American political […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia not planning to increase its military personnel, get involved in arms race – Shamanov” – Interfax

Russian State Duma Building file photo

MOSCOW. March 11 (Interfax) – Russia is not planning to increase its Armed Forces personnel, State Duma Defense Committee head Vladimir Shamanov said. “Russia is not planning to increase its Armed Forces personnel and does not intend to get involved in a costly arms race,” Shamanov said at a news briefing for foreign military attaches on Monday. Russia took some […]

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RUSSIALINK: “LPR urges direct dialogue with Kyiv for Donbas settlement” – Interfax

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

LUHANSK. March 9 (Interfax) – The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) is urging Ukraine to settle the Donbas conflict through direct dialogue, the LPR representative in the Trilateral Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup, Olga Kobtseva, said. “It is necessary to establish direct dialogue in addition to the talks between the conflicting parties within Ukraine: Ukraine’s representatives and those from the LPR […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#39 :: Monday, 11 March 2019

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Latest Poll Results Say Trust In Putin Down To Historic Low

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Podium with United Russia Logo, Gesturing

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – March 8, 2019 – article text also appeared at https://www.rferl.org/a/latest-poll-results-say-trust-in-putin-down-to-historic-low/29810775.html) A poll by Russia’s Public Opinion Research Center, or VTsIOM, released on March 7 found that trust in Russian President Putin has fallen to 32 percent, its lowest level since 2006. The previous poll by the government-run VTsIOM […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Internet v internyet; Russians are shunning state-controlled TV for YouTube; A worried Vladimir Putin is trying to regain control of Russia’s web” – The Economist

File Image of Laptop Computer, Tables and Mobile Device, adapted from image at energy.gov

“… Putin … began his rule … establishing a monopoly over television, the country’s main source of news. … help[ing] … create an illusion of stability – and whip up enthusiasm for his foreign wars. But the Kremlin’s most reliable propaganda tool is losing its power. Russian pundits have long described politics as a battle between the television and the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “In Russia, gender equality still a long way off” – AP/ Francesa Ebel, Irina Titova, Harriet Morris, Nataliya Vasilyeva

Map of Russia and Russian Flag adapted from images at state.gov

“While International Women’s Day is marked Friday across many countries with calls for gender equality, in Russia it is still a holiday largely focused on celebrating traditional gender roles. Women in Russia may hold prominent positions in the government – including the influential chief of the Central Bank and speaker of the upper chamber of parliament – but traditional gender […]

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Beyond Putin: Russia’s Generations Y and Z

File Photo of U.S. Diplomat Teaching Class to Russian Students

(PONARS Eurasia – Marlene Laruelle – March 7, 2019 – ponarseurasia.org/memo/beyond-putin-russia-generations-y-and-z) Marlene Laruelle is Research Professor, Associate Director of IERES, Director of the Central Asia Program, and Co-director of PONARS Eurasia, at George Washington University. Of Russia’s 146 million citizens (if we include those in Crimea), 63 million-or 43 percent-are under 34 years of age. Of these, 30 million belong […]

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Deputized As Election Monitors, Ukrainian Ultranationalists ‘Ready To Punch’ Violators

Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Christopher Miller – KYIV, March 7, 2019 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/deputized-as-election-monitors-ukrainian-ultranationalists-ready-to-punch-violators/29809207.html) [DJ: See also: https://www.stalkerzone.org/ukrainian-nazi-election-observers-reserve-the-right-to-use-force-at-polling-precincts/] They patrol the streets of the Ukrainian capital in matching urban camouflage and march in lockstep through Kyiv with torches. They attack minority groups, including Roma and LGBT people. And […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Don’t be evil; Vladimir Putin wants to stifle the internet; Google should not help him” – The Economist Editorial

File Image of Laptop Computer, Tables and Mobile Device, adapted from image at energy.gov

“Sometimes it seems as if … Putin’s presidency has been made for television. … bare-chested exploits on horseback, microlight flights with cranes and the fighting in Ukraine and Syria were planned with the cameras in mind. Having helped turn a little-known kgb officer into a patriotic icon, television has sustained him in power. But … ever more Russians look to […]

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RUSSIALINK TRANSCRIPT: “[Putin] Greetings to Russian women on International Women’s Day” – KremlinRu

Kremlin and River

(Kremlin.ru – March 8, 2019) President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Dear women of Russia, My best greetings on International Women’s Day. This spring day is always full of flowers and gifts, lit up with the joy of our women and your shining smiles. Today all men hurry to express to you their admiration and respect, confess their warmest feelings, say […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#38 :: Friday, 8 March 2019

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “In connection with Maria Butina, FBI agents reportedly questioned people close to Dmitri Simes, the president of the Center for the National Interest” – Meduza

FBI Headquarters File Photo

“While investigating Maria Butina for illegal foreign agent activities, the [FBI] reportedly explored her ties to Russian-American political expert and Center for the National Interest president Dimitri Simes, who has co-hosted a talk show on Russian state television since 2018. Two sources who know Simes told the online project Otkrytye Media (Open Media) that FBI agents previously questioned them about […]

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Russia To Defend Its Venezuela Oil Assets In ‘Toughest Way Possible’

Venezuela Map, adapted from image at cia.gov

(Oilprice.com – Tsvetana Paraskova – March 6, 2019 – oilprice.com/Geopolitics/South-America/Russia-To-Defend-Its-Venezuela-Oil-Assets-In-Toughest-Way-Possible.html] Nicolas Maduro’s staunchest international ally-Russia-reaffirmed last week its full support to the Socialist leader’s regime and his efforts to prevent what Moscow sees as interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs. At the same time, Russia, which vowed to defend its oil assets in Venezuela as early as the political crisis began […]

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RUSSIALINK: “98 Russian Billionaires Hold More Wealth Than Russians’ Combined Savings” – Moscow Times

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 6, 2019) Fewer than 100 Russian billionaires now have a combined wealth that is greater than the entire population’s savings, according to figures published by Forbes. Russia is regularly named in international ratings as one of the most unequal of the world’s major economies, with an estimated 89 percent of the country’s wealth owned […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Moscow authorities permit rally against Internet restrictions” – Interfax

File Image of Laptop Computer, Tables and Mobile Device, adapted from image at energy.gov

MOSCOW. March 6 (Interfax) – The authorities in Moscow granted an application from activists for a rally against Internet restrictions to be held in Academician Sakharov Avenue on March 10, the city’s regional security department said on Wednesday. “The rally has been approved. It will be held from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. in Academician Sakharov Avenue. Assembly at 1 […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “U.S. Considering New Lethal Aid to Ukraine to Deter Russia; New maritime weaponry would help prevent another Kerch Strait crisis, says Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti” – U.S. News/ Paul D. Shinkman

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“[Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of the U.S. European Command and the top officer for NATO,] said … the U.S. is considering providing additional lethal aid to Ukraine to deter future Russian naval aggression akin to the recent crisis in the Kerch Strait. … during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the current disposition of U.S. forces in Europe. … […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#37 :: Thursday, 7 March 2019

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Bitter Medicine: Doctors Give Bad Marks To Russian Program To Boost Rural Health Care

Medical Symbol with Pole, Serpents, Wings

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Yulia Paramonova, Roman Chertovskikh, Robert Coalson – March 5, 2019 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/russia-rural-doctor-programmillion-rubles-embezzlement/29805275.html) In 2017, Vladimir Sotnikov graduated from Tomsk Medical University and joined the government’s Rural Doctor program, an initiative aimed at encouraging young medical professionals to work in remote rural locations. Sotnikov […]

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1996, Not 1991 or 1993, Made Current Authoritarian Reaction in Russia Inevitable, Pastukhov Says

Kremlin and River

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, March 5, 2019 –  windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/03/1996-not-1991-or-1993-made-current.html) Ever more often, the 1990s are becoming “a new line of the ideological front,” with Russians divided on which year, 1991, 1993 or 1996, set in train the forces which have led Russia to where it is today. Most plump for the first two, but Vladimir Pastukhov […]

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Left behind? Russian life in Chechnya; After years of violence, displacement and an authoritarian peace, what is life like for ethnic Russians in the most mono-ethnic and mono-faith area of Russia? (excerpt)

Caucasus Map of Chechnya and Caucasus Environs

(Ekaterina Neroznikova – opendemocracy.net – March 6, 2019) Ekaterina Neroznikova is a reporter and columnist who writes about the North Caucasus. She writes for a number of publications about politics, international relations and human rights in Russia. Ekaterina Neroznikova is a reporter and columnist who writes about the North Caucasus. She writes for a number of publications about politics, international […]

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Displays of Support for Stalin a Form of Protest Against Putin, Nacke Says

Joseph Stalin file photo

(Paul Goble – Staunton, March 5, 2019 – windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/03/displays-of-support-for-stalin-form-of.html) Vladimir Putin may aspire to be the Stalin of today, but Russians who display their affection for the Soviet dictator as on today’s anniversary of the dictator’s death do so because they understand that in boosting Stalin, they are in fact protesting against Putin and the current Russian regime, Ekho Moskvy […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Number of terrorist crimes dips from 997 to 9 in Russia over decade – Putin” – Interfax

Kremlin and Saint Basil's File Photo

MOSCOW. March 6 (Interfax) – Russia has seen an almost 99% decline in the terrorist crime rate over the past decade, and many terror attacks are being prevented, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the Federal Security Service (FSB)’s board on Wednesday. “The number of terrorist crimes has been on decline. The rate has reduced manifold in the […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#36 :: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

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Lukashenka Says Belarus Must Balance Policies Between East, West

Alyaksandr Lukeshenko file photo

(Article text ©2019 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – March 5, 2019 – article text also appeared at rferl.org/a/lukashenka-says-belarus-must-balance-policies-between-east-west/29804500.html) Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenka has said that his country “must overcome the cold” of a “standoff” between Russia and the European Union by “equally ” balancing its foreign policy between East and West. Speaking in Minsk on March […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts” – Moscow Times

Russian Mosque file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 5, 2019) Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam within the next 15 years, Russia’s grand mufti has predicted, citing demographic trends. Russia’s Muslim-majority regions, including republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends worldwide. […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#35 :: Tuesday, 5 March 2019

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “The New Cold War’s Warm Friends; Why Chinese and Russian detente may be here to stay” – Foreign Policy Magazine/ Chris Miller

Asia Map

“… Fifty years later, the situation has reversed. China and Russia have settled … border disputes and … become fast friends. Their main area of agreement: opposition to the United States …. The last era of partnership between China and the Soviet Union lasted scarcely a decade before descending toward war …. [T]oday’s Russia-China entente may prove more durable. … […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Online voting and other reforms are coming to Russia in September. Opposition politicians are skeptical.” – Meduza

Arm and Torso of Person in Brown Sweater Placing Paper Ballot into Ballot Box

“Just before Russia’s most recent presidential elections in 2018 … [a]bsentee ballots were replaced with the so-called Mobile Voter system … allow[ing] voters to switch precincts ahead of the election …. Both election observers and opposition politicians immediately criticized the new system. Less than one year later, Russian authorities have decided to introduce two new absentee voting systems, including opportunities […]

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RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents & links :: JRL 2019-#34 :: Monday, 4 March 2019

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NEWSLINK: “Russia spread ‘disinformation’ on Skripal attack; Report says state media spread seven different conspiracy theories about the attack” – Financial Times/ Solape Alatise, David Bond

Artist Rendition of Barrel with Poison Symbol on It, Oozing Green Material

“Russian state media published 138 contradictory accounts of the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal last year …”

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RUSSIALINK TRANSCRIPT: “Dmitry Medvedev’s interview with Bulgarian newspaper Trud” – GovernmentRu

Dmitri Medvedev file photo

(Government.ru – March 4, 2019 – government.ru/en/news/35903/) The Prime Minister spoke with Trud correspondent Petyo Blyskov ahead of his visit to Bulgaria. Petyo Blyskov: Mr Medvedev, you are going to Bulgaria on March 4, a day after our country celebrates the 141st anniversary of its liberation from the Ottoman yoke. Last year’s visit by Patriarch Kirill was also timed to […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Ukraine Candidate Urges Talks to End Conflict in East” – AP

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“A comedian leading Ukraine’s presidential race says the country needs to negotiate with Russia to put an end to fighting in the east. Volodymyr Zelenskiy … plays the nation’s president in a popular TV series [and] has surged ahead of … Poroshenko and … Tymoshenko [in a poll] …. He said he would encourage the United States and Britain to […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Russian Opposition Activist Defects to Kremlin-Run RT” – Moscow Times

File Photo of Kremlin Tower, St. Basil's, Red Square at Night

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – February 28, 2019) A onetime Russian opposition activist has taken a job at the Kremlin-run RT television channel, stirring heated debate among former colleagues and observers. Once described as the face of Russia’s opposition, Maria Baronova had recently headed the Moscow branch of the Open Russia pro-democracy movement. In 2012, she was detained and charged […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Specter of new arms race has Russia recalling Soviets’ fate” – Christian Science Monitor/ Fred Weir

File Photo of Stealth Bomber in Flight

“Most Russian schoolchildren hold as true that the Soviet Union collapsed in part because it was foolish enough to engage in a vast global competition with the United States. … [including] a ruinous arms race that diverted resources from the civilian economy and ultimately bankrupted the country. … Despite a decade-long crash program to reform and reequip Russia’s moribund Soviet-era […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Majority of Americans Now Consider Russia a Critical Threat” – Gallup/ Lydia Saad

Vladirmir Putin and Donald Trump Sitting in Chairs with Flags Behind, adapted from image at whitehouse.gov

“STORY HIGHLIGHTS Russia’s military power deemed critical threat by 52% in U.S. Russia tops list of countries Americans’ deem chief U.S. enemy Russia’s favorable rating drops to another post-Soviet Union low Russia’s already negative image among Americans … worsened over the past year, with a majority for the first time saying that Russia’s military power poses a threat to U.S. […]

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Declining Incomes among Russians Put Future of Country’s Middle Class at Risk, Chepurenko Says

Cash, Calculator, Pen

(Paul Goble – Window on Eurasia – Staunton, February 27, 2019 – windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2019/02/declining-incomes-among-russians-put.html) The declining incomes of Russians over the last few years are not only leaving all but the very wealthiest residents of that country poorer than they were but putting at risk the formation and survival of the politically critical middle class in the country, according to Aleksandr […]

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RUSSIALINK: “Lessons for Leaders: What Afghanistan Taught Russian and Soviet Strategists ” – Russia Matters/ Simon Saradzhyan

Afghanistan Map of Ethnicities

“… the Soviet leadership made a number of mistakes, first when contemplating whether to intervene in Afghanistan, then during the intervention and, finally, when withdrawing the troops. Some of these mistakes were particularly costly, such as the failure to take full stock either of the hierarchy of vital national interests at stake in Afghanistan or of the costs and benefits […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “Poroshenko’s team hit by defence industry corruption scandal, Tymoshenko starts impeachment process” – bne Intellinews

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“… Poroshenko rivals in the upcoming presidential election are accusing him of ‘profiting from blood’ after an investigation revealed that the son of the president’s close business partner has been selling arms to separatist rebels in the breakaway eastern region of Donbas … [according to] a report broadcast on Ukrainian TV …. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who leads the […]

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JRL NEWSWATCH: “‘Chaotic’ sanctions against Russia have failed, says Navalny’ Putin critic claims they miss target and US and UK avoid tackling dirty money” – Financial Times/ Max Seddon

Portion of U.S. Treasury Department Building Facade, North Side, with Sculpture of Alexander Hamilton

“… Navalny said western sanctions against Moscow missed the target and were not working, and that the U.S. and UK had no real interest in tackling ‘dirty money.’ … Navalny labelled existing economic curbs ‘chaotic’ and ‘incomprehensible’ and said attempts to rein in Russia should refocus to target properly the powerful oligarchs with close links to … Putin. … argu[ing] […]

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