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The Rundown -- March 19


RFE/RL in the Media

# Read Tom Balmforth and Daisy Sindelar on how Maidan is coping in "The Atlantic"
# CNN uses RFE/RL video of Ukraine recruits in training
# CBS uses RFE/RL Ukrainian Service photos for piece on Ukrainian opposition members in Crimea
# Kurt Volker calls for increased RFE/RL and VOA funding in Foreign Policy
Russia
# "Putin 3.0" - Mark Galeotti
# "Helping Ukraine is Punishing Russia" - Steven Pifer, Brookings
# Growing support in Congress for kicking Russia out of G8
# "If Not a Cold War, a Return to a Chilly Rivalry" - Peter Baker, "New York Times"
# Rogozin threatens to cancel arms control contract with France
# Umarov reportedly dead
# Infographic: how the German and Russian economies are mutually dependent
Ukraine
# First blood: 2 reportedly killed during assault on Ukrainian military base in Crimea
# Residents of eastern Ukraine warn of guerilla war if Russia invades
# Crisis weighs on Germany's economic outlook
# "For Some in Ukraine, Russia's Pull Runs Deep" - David Filipov, "Boston Globe"
# Crimea "edit war" on Wikipedia
Moldova
# Moldova warns Russia over annexation of Transnistria
# Pro-Russian activists "appeal" to Russia for support for succession
Iran
# EU says Ukraine crisis will not affect Iran nuclear talks; but shadow of Ukraine hangs over
# Iran takes legal action against opposition members held in house arrest
# Al Jazeera Iran talks liveblog
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan opposes U.S. giving military supplies to Pakistan
# "Pakistan's Culture Wars" - Bina Shah, "New York Times"
# Sharif urged to open second front against Taliban
# Does Saudia Arabia expect help in Syria in exchange for $1.5 billion gift?
Central Asia
# A new "great game" with U.S. and China begins in Central Asia
# Kazakhstan president's brother fighting ex-wife over $20 million Manhattan apartment
# Kyrgyz living in Afghanistan ask Kyrgyzstan government to resettle them
Balkans
# Serbia nabbed drug boss with the help of the CIA
Caucasus
# "If History is a Guide, Crimea's Enthusiasm Might Wane" - Olesya Vartanyan and Ellen Barry, "New York Times"
# Crackdown eyed after Azerbaijan sentences opposition leaders
Of Interest
# A simple theory about the Malaysia Airlines flight
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