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The Rundown -- April 22

RFE/RL in the Media

# "Miami Herald" refers to RFE/RL in column about free expression
# "New York Times" uses RFE/RL video and my tweets in coverage of Putin's Q and A
# "The New Republic" cites RFE/RL in feature on "the next Ukraine" in the former Soviet space
# Heritage Foundation recommends putting RFE/RL under direction of NED
# Read Ildar Gabidullin in Al Jazeera on the possibilities for referendums in Russia
# Read Daud Khattak in the "Express Tribune" on the dangers to journalists in Pakistan
# Read Carl Schreck in "The Atlantic" on Soviet rock and roll
# Snowden may regret decision to question Putin
# Obama losing influence among BRICS
# "What Putin Is Costing Russia" - Ilan Berman, "Wall Street Journal"
# "Putin and the Exile" - David Remnick, "New Yorker"
# "In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin" - Peter Baker, "New York Times"
# Who will suffer and who will benefit from Obama's new "containment" policy
# Lavrov threatens to "stop" civil war
# Photos link masked men in East Ukraine to Russia
# "Donetsk People's Republic's" anti-Semitic intro to its TV channel
# Will Ukraine be stable enough for next month's elections?
# Press conferences in eastern Ukraine getting "weirder and weirder"
# "Under Russia, Life in Crimea Grows Chaotic" - Neil MacFarquhar, "New York Times"
Eastern Europe
# Which former Soviet State could be next?
# Moldova prohibits Russian TV channels
# "Putin Adversary to Obama: We Need You" - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg
# U.S. forces in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 troops
# On the dangers of reporting from Afghanistan
# Pakistan "backs Narendra Modi" as India's next PM
# Tehran angry about seizure of New York skyscraper
# Iran to cut gas subsidy this week
# Iran denies reports of attack on Elvin prison
# Nuclear agency reshuffle in Iran
# Iran to allow first public concert
# Video: Iranian version of "Happy"
# Iraq long-read in the "New Yorker": "That trusted middleman is still us. And we are not there"
# Attacks across Iraq kill at least 33
# "Azerbaijan and the Bear Next Door" - Norma Zager, "The Hill"
# CPJ condemns jailing of Azerbaijani journalist on espionage charges
Of Interest