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The Rundown -- April 8

RFE/RL in the Media

# Robert Coalson's piece about a day in Russian TV included on "Financial Times" list of "smart reads"; also republished in "The Atlantic"
# Washington Free Beacon cites RFE/RL Russian Service interview with Boris Nemtsov
# "Le Monde" cites report by Andriy Kuznetsov from the standoff in Luhansk
# Lavrov, in "The Guardian," says it's West, not Russia, stirring up tension
# Is Putin sabotaging Ukraine?
# The return of "New Russia"
# Possible risks for Moscow in the event of an attack on Ukraine
# Putin warns FSB about NGO dangers
# Are Yanukovych's old aides working with the separatists in the east?
# Russia's options in Ukraine
# Russia accuses Ukraine of using "U.S. mercenaries" in the east
# How one Crimean separatist has dodged sanctions
# The less Americans know about Ukraine the more they want to intervene
Eastern Europe
# Moldova requests extradition of Russian banker from UK
# Senate votes unanimously to deny potential Iran UN envoy entry to U.S.
# U.S. senators pushing hard line against Iran-Russia deal
# Hizbollah says it has helped Assad win in Syria
# Iran struggling to receive promised unfrozen oil revenue
# Revolutionary Guard says it has dismantled a foreign spy ring
# Heroin a common enemy of U.S. and Iran
# "The Ghost Polls of Afghanistan"- Matthieu Aikins, Harpers
# Afghanistan's new middle class is the "key to stability"
# Pakistan military hints at irritation over Musharraf trial
# Pakistan security forces kill 30 in Balochistan
# Iraq signs preliminary deal for Czech planes
# Two more executions in Iraq
# Glaxo investigates possible misconduct in Iraq
Of Interest
# Is Vox a smarter Wikipedia?
# How advertising cookies let observers follow you around the web