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The Rundown -- March 20


RFE/RL in the Media
# EurasiaNet quotes RFE/RL Turkmen Service and Qishloq Ovozi blog on issues at the Afghan-Turkmenistan border
# Read Charles Recknagel's piece comparing the Ukrainian and Russian militaries in "The Atlantic"
Russia
# Crimea may cost $400 billion this year
# Putin goes from Rossiyskiy to Russkiy
# Moscow complains to UN Human Rights Council about language rights in Estonia
# Why Ukraine situation makes Russia's neighbors nervous
# "The Post-Russian World Order" - Giles Merritt, Project Syndicate
Ukraine
# Ukraine agrees to withdraw its troops from Crimea
# "Ukraine Crisis is a Call to Rethink Energy Policies" - Vanessa Mock, "Wall Street Journal"
# The German far right's ties with Svoboda
# The unsavory characters in Ukraine's new government
# Separatism gains ground in the East
# "Tempered cheers" in Ukraine for Tymoshenko
# Ukraine may leave CIS
# Why Ukrainians fight over language
Eastern Europe
# "How Developments in Ukraine Affect Belarus" - Jamestown Foundation
# Moldova's Gagauz lean toward Moscow
# Police in Belarus stage bicycle crash in safety campaign
Iran
# Moscow's chief envoy to Iran negotiations threatens "retaliatory measures" in Iran talks over Ukraine
# Talks "on tracK' for accord in July
# Clinton weighs in: says she is "personally skeptical" of talks
# Iranian woman who was sentenced to stoning is given leave from prison
# Iran's economy continues to struggle
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Three election frontrunners attracting enthusiastic crowds in Afghanistan
# Female candidates fear insurgent threats
# Afghanistan prepares for Nowruz amid clashes
# On meeting Osama bin Laden
Caucasus
# Ivanishvili and new Georgian president don't like each other any more
# Azerbaijan MP calls Zhirinovsky "mentally ill political clown"
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan discusses potential legalization of polygammy
# Jewish life in Uzbekistan
Of Interest
# AP updates style guide for Crimea
# Measuring impact for journalists
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