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The Rundown -- March 13


RFE/RL in the Media

# Slate cites Farangis Najbullah's story on Zhironovsky's attempt to get rid of "primitive asiatic" letter; read it in "The Atlantic"
# "New Republic" embeds Bruce Jacobs' interview with Natalie Sedletska on Yanukovych's documents
# Congressman highlights Havel's support of RFE/RL in House speech (Prague Post)
Ukraine
# Kyiv looks for military support from NATO allies, but they're unlikely to get it
# Pro-Russian sentiment high in Ukraine's easternmost city
# Crimean ballot doesn't really leave options
# Yatsenyuk says in Washington that he wants "equal partnership" with Russia
# Ukraine and the politics of transliteration
# Ukraine's interim president's "Message to Moscow" in "New York Times"
# "The West Illusions About Ukraine" - David Hendrickson, "National Interest"
# "Vladimir Putin's Hilarious Lies" - Oleg Kashin, "New Republic"
Russia
# Lenta.Ru chief fired in apparent crackdown, and lots of staff quit
# U.S. queries London's embrace of oligarchs
# Crimea could cost Russia billions
# Russian businesses readying for Iran-style sanctions
# Translated piece in "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" about Right Sector leader Yarosh
# "Sorry, Putin Isn't Crazy" - Jeffrey Tayler, Foreign Policy
Belarus
# Minsk says Moscow sending warplanes to answer NATO
# Opposition changing tactics in Belarus
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Top Afghanistan commander warns of risks of pullout
# Group says British-Swedish journalist killed for being "M16 spy"
# Last Canadians leave Afghanistan
# Karachi gang fight leaves 15 dead
# UN monitor says no Pakistani civilians were killed by U.S. drones in 2013
Iraq
# Sunni tribal leaders say Fallujah is "part of a revolution"
# Appeal by HRW against draft Iraq law to legalize marriage for nine-year-olds
Iran
# Iran hosts pro-regime Syria conference
# Thaw can set off $6 billion market for steel
# Ashton's "balancing act" in Iran
# Moon rebukes Rohani for failing human rights in Iran
# "Working With Iran on Syria" - Jonathan Stevenson, "New York Times'
Central Asia
# Swiss probe Karimova for money-laundering
# Vimpelcom investigated over Uzbekistan business
# A border "flashpoint" between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
# Nazarbayev calls for protecting Ukraine territorial integrity in call with Obama
# Kazakhstan hopes to bring $6 billion out of shadow economy
Of Interest
# The Times 'mini-newsroom for mobile'
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