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The Rundown -- April 16


RFE/RL in the Media
# WSJ Marketwatch cites Farangis Najibullah on Russia's political weatherman
Ukraine
# Ukraine launches "gradual" operation in the east
# A Russian journalist's 24 hour ordeal at Kyiv airport
# "The Ukraine Situation Requires More Nuance" - Volodymyr Ishchenko, "The Guardian"
# How to repatriate Ukraine's stolen assets
Russia
# "U.S. Should Send Troops" - James Jeffrey, "Washington Post"
# "Spiegel" on growing ties between European far right and Moscow
# "Crimea Helped Putin Hijack the Nationalists" - Vladimir Frolov, "Moscow Times"
# "Russia is Quick to Bend Truth About Ukraine" - David Herszenhorn, "New York Times"
# What would Russia do if it crossed into Ukraine?
# Divisive debate in Germany over Russia
# Russia and China racing to finish gas talks
Eastern Europe
# New round of Transdniester talks in May
# Moldova is "newest front" between Russia and the West
Iran
# Khamenei having trouble controlling his hardliners; Zarif says he's not worried about hardliner push-back
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan minister kidnapped in Kabul
# NATO airstrike in Afghanistan reportedly kills civilians
# Confidential U.S. assessment says Afghanistan not ready to govern on its own
# Afghan economy faces serious revenue shortfall
# Afghanistan journalists' Taliban boycott
# Pakistan to establish polio vaccine checkpoints
Iraq
# Clegg demands release of Iraq inquiry
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan appears to back Gulen crackdown
Central Asia
# Tajik remittances more than half GDP
Of Interest
# The guy who invented the Twitter disclaimer
# It may be okay to kill comments
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