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The Rundown -- February 7

RFE/RL in the Media

# Read Ron Synovitz and Zamira Eshanova in "The Atlantic" on Uzbekistan's use of genetic testing to spot future Olympians
# "Globe and Mail" also cites report on genetic testing
# Pink News and San Diego Gay and Lesbian News cite RFE/RL reporting on threat to charge ninth grader with violating gay propaganda law
# Neue Zurcher Zeitung cites RFE/RL coverage of Bulatov's torture claims (German)
# Russian official defends Sochi hotels by citing surveillance video of showers
# Russia calls for "Olympic Truce" during Sochi games
# New restrictions on U.S. flights to Russia
# "Vladimir Putin's Remarkable Comeback" - Daniel Treisman, CNN
# Two Dnepropetrovsk tycoons revolt
# U.S. calls tape of conversation, apparently between Nuland and Pyatt, in which the former had choice words for the EU, a "new low in Russian statecraft"
# Bulatov describes torture in press conference
Eastern Europe
# CNN enrages Belarus with ugliest monument nod (RT)
# How Russian culture and media shape Belarusian politics
# Iran willing to change Arak reactor
# Rohani apologizes for food ration problems
# Iran investigating health risks of jamming TV signals; U.S. says Iran not currently jamming satellite signals
# Rohani calls for universal healthcare by 2018; donates $170,000 to Jewish hospital
# Afghanistan election watchdog may not be ready in time for April elections
# Taliban holding coalition forces dog hostage
# The economic consequences of the delay in signing a security agreement
# Pakistani Taliban moves into Swat valley
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan accuses Russia of foot-dragging on a space launch facility
# "Tajikistan: Power Plant Produces Heat and Anger" - Asel Kalybekova, Eurasianet
# "Bosnian Ice Hockey Rises From Ashes of War" - Maja Zuvela, Reuters
Of Interest
# Forget about clicks, Upworthy measures "attention minutes"
# Why Twitter struggles in developing countries