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The Rundown -- March 25


RFE/RL in the Media

# David Satter mentioned in "Financial Times" piece as another of its former reporters is set to be barred
# Newsy cites Sergei Seninsky's piece on a weakened Russian economy
Russia
# "After Buildup of Grievances, Russia Drew Line on Crimea" - David Herszenhorn, "New York Times"
# "Three Presidents and a Riddle Named Putin" - Peter Baker, "New York Times"
# Thugs attack Saint Patrick's Day flash mob, reportedly mistaking it for a pro-gay rally
Ukraine
# Right Sector second in command reportedly killed in Western Ukraine
# Millions reportedly taken from Ukraine budget to pay Titushki during Euromaidan protests
# EU denies that it dropped protection of sexual minorities as requirement for visa negotiations with Ukraine
# Tymoshenko allegedly recorded in phone call saying she would "take up arms and kill the f'ing Russians"
# Radical factions square off in Eastern Ukraine
# Russian and Ukrainian FMs meet for the first time
# Culture of unchecked abuse "thrives" in Ukraine
# Russia steps up economic pressure on Kyiv
Eastern Europe
# Belarus says Crimea sets a "bad precedent"
# EU Commission presidential candidate warns that EU must protect Moldova from Russia
Iran
# On near year, few signs of improvement in Iran economy
# Iran's carrier replica is unlikely to be a movie prop, say analysts
# Iran says Canadian judge's $7 million decision is "politically motivated"
# Nuclear politics in Iran: regime security vs. factional interests
# Hedge fund bets $100 million Iran will pay for Beirut terror attack
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# In Afghan race, wooing votes with ethnic strongmen
# Despite Taliban taking credit, Kabul continues to insist on foreign hand in hotel attack
# The rise and fall of a U.S. special forces soldier in Afghanistan
# Pakistan's poster boy
# Pakistan's hard drug epidemic
Central Asia
# In smuggled letter to BBC, Karimova says she's being tortured, put under psychological pressure
# Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to sign border agreement
# Chinese president vows cooperation with Kazakhstan on security and development
Caucasus
# Karabakh peace seen as more elusive after Crimea annexation
# Erdogan's Internet role model isn't Iran or China, it's Azerbaijan
Of Interest
# Why "access journalism" didn't pay off for "Wall Street Journal'
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