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The Rundown -- March 18


RFE/RL in the Media

# NBC News cites RFE/RL coverage of Ukraine sanctions debate
# The National Interest cites RFE/RL piece on constitutional questions
# Potential closure of RFE/RL Balkans and Iraq services criticized in "Jerusalem Post" opinion piece
# Blockage of RFE/RL Tajik Service mentioned in World Politics Review
Ukraine
# Cyberwar already in full swing
# Ukraine's richest oligarch, Yanukovych ally, claims he pleaded with the former president to resign
# Rada backs mobilizing 40,000 reservists
Russia
# Russia to respond to sanctions with its own against U.S senators
# Russia admits economy is in crisis; already "paying a huge price"
# Moscow rejects report saying there's no widespread abuse of ethnic Russians
# Russian oligarch Fridman makes large investment in German oil and gas unit
# Foreign investors in Russia are "vital" to sanctions debate
Eastern Europe
# NATO and Moldova discuss strengthening cooperation
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Gunmen kill Afghan judge and bodyguard
# Afghanistan UN envoy says pact with U.S. will be signed soon
# U.S. might give excess military supplies in Afghanistan to Pakistan
# Pakistan relationship with China suffers over failure to control Uighur militants
Iran
# Zarif cancels meeting with Ashton to protest her "uncoordinated" meeting with rights activists in Iran
# U.S.-Russia crisis could disrupt talks with Iran
# Could crisis strengthen Russia-China-Iran ties?
# Iran dismisses commanders over abduction
# Khamenei defends tours of Iran-Iraq war frontlines
Central Asia
# Why Kazakhstan leaders are not (yet) losing sleep over Crimea
# TeliaSonera faces U.S. probe on Uzbekistan corruption charges
# Tajikistan farmers say Dushanbe livestock ban breeds corruption
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan opposition leaders get seven and five year jail terms
# Armenia's Russian base holds training
Balkans
# Serbia's new prime minister plans "painful" deficit steps
# Profile of ultranationalist-turned-liberal Vucic
Of Interest
# The Deep Web: Everything You Need to Know in Two Minutes
# The robot-journalist who (?) reported on LA's earthquake
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